North Carolina residents honored at Virginia Tech commencement

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university’s spring commencement ceremony held May 15 in Lane Stadium.

Charles Neaves of Elkin received a Bachelor of Science in forest resources and environmental conservation degree magna cum laude in environmental resource management from the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

About 4,500 bachelor’s and associate’s degree candidates, along with their families and friends, attended the on-campus ceremony presided by former Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands. The commencement address was given by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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