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2020 Commencement Celebration

Department of Science, Technology, and Society

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Congratulations to Our Graduates!

Master of Science in Science and Technology Studies

Zachary Alexakos
Jessica Lynn Avery
Ke Hu
Kathryn Ann Johnson
Jack Rance Leff
Roan G. Parrish
Elijah Christopher Salters III
David Grant Smith
Maureen B. Smith
Tiffany Lynn Smith

Doctorate of Philosophy In Science and Technology Studies


Seungmi Chung

Dissertation: “Imagining an Astronaut: Space Flight and the Production of Korea’s Future”

Committee Chair: Saul Halfon

Trevor Croker

Dissertation: “Formation of the Cloud: History, Metaphor, and Materiality”

Committee Chair: Janet Abbate

Melvin Eulau

Dissertation: “The Fusion Enterprise Paradox: The Enduring Vision and Elusive Goal of Unlimited Clean Energy”

Committee Chair: Sonja Schmid

Jonathan Grunert

Dissertation: “Strict Fidelity to Nature: Scientific Taxidermy, U.S. Natural History Museums, and Craft Consensus, 1880s to 1930s”

Committee Chair: Mark Barrow

Sarvnaz Lotfi

Dissertation: “Capitalizing the ‘Measure of Our Ignorance’: A Pragmatist Genealogy of R&D”

Committee Chair: Daniel Breslau

Ariel Simone Ludwig

Dissertation: “The Carceral Body Multiple: Intake in the New York City Jails”

Committee Chair: Rebecca Hester

Daniel Miller

Dissertation: “Maintaining the Atom: U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Life and the 80-Year Maintenance Regulation Regime”

Committee Chair: Sonja Schmid

Congratulations from our faculty members!

Ashley Shew
Sonja Schmid

University Ceremony

Virtual Ceremony
Watch HokieBird reveals, tassel turns, and inspirational messages from Hoda Kotb and Nikki Giovanni.

Reading of Graduate Student Names
The names of all master’s degree and doctoral students can be heard in the Graduate School’s Blacksburg campus video or Washington, D.C., campus video.

Commencement Program

Willy in Mortarboard at the Moss Arts Center

Willy, one of our college mascots, has donned a mortarboard in solidarity with the graduates of the Department of Science, Technology, and Society.

Share Your Celebration

Haley Fugate

Join the #HokieGrad conversation on social media for a chance to be featured on the commencement website! Tag your photos and videos with #HokieGrad on Instagram and Twitter, or upload your photos and videos to the 2020 #HokieGrad Photo Album on Facebook.


Draper, a hound, stands on the Blacksburg campus with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building in the background

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Gabi Gagliano

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