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Spring 2021 Commencement

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Congratulations, Class of 2021!

The faculty and staff of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences are delighted to join your families and friends in celebrating you!

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College and University Ceremonies

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Morning College Ceremony

The first College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences ceremony took place on May 15 at 8 a.m.

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Afternoon College Ceremony
The second College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences ceremony took place on May 15 at 1 p.m.


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Virtual University Ceremony
Virginia Tech’s virtual Commencement premiered on May 14.

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Graduate School Ceremony
Watch the celebration of master’s and doctoral candidates.


List of Undergraduates
More than 1,000 undergraduates graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in May 2021.

List of Graduate Students
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences graduate students graduated with a range of master’s and doctoral degrees.

Memories Are Made of This...

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College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences graduates mention just a few of their favorite Hokie moments.

Congratulations from the Dean
Dean Laura Belmonte offers her best wishes — and great admiration — for the Class of 2021.

Class of 2021 Kudoboard
Read congratulatory messages from college community members — or contribute your own!

Additional Student Celebrations

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Awards
Undergraduate and graduate students have received honors in Classical Studies, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

About Kwame Alexander, Commencement Poet

Kwame Alexander (pictured here with long-time friend and mentor Nikki Giovanni), a 1989 graduate of Virginia Tech, is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times bestselling author of 35 books, including Swing; Becoming Muhammad Ali, coauthored with James Patterson; Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award; Rebound, which was shortlisted for the UK Carnegie Medal; The Undefeated, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a Newbery Honor; and The Crossover, winner of the Newbery Medal. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. Read his poem for the Class of 2021 here.

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