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Letter from Dean Julie Ross

Dean Ross posing in front of Hokie stone.

Dear Engineering Graduate, 

Congratulations on completing the requirements for your degree. The College of Engineering is proud of your accomplishments, and we look forward to recognizing you at your designated commencement ceremony to be held in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday, May 11. As a reminder, there will be four separate College of Engineering ceremonies this year. Please refer to the schedule to find the ceremony that corresponds with your degree. 

This will be a very special occasion for you and your family, and I am requesting that we have a dignified and meaningful ceremony in which to honor your achievements. I would especially request that you not bring alcoholic beverages to the ceremony and that you remain seated until all degrees have been awarded. Your adherence to an appropriate dress code also adds to the dignity of this momentous occasion.  

We are making every effort this year to complete the college ceremonies promptly (within two hours) while still providing graduates with the individual recognition they and their families expect and deserve. We ask that you keep your guest attendance to no more than 10 family members. This ensures adequate space for all our graduate families. Thank you for your cooperation in making this commencement ceremony a memorable event. 

Students or guests requiring special assistance due to disabilities should visit for more information. 

I look forward to sharing this special event with you.  

Sincerely yours,

Julie Signature

Julie M. Ross
Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering