NCR Commencment

VT-NCR Commencement Ceremony 2019

May 19, 2019 at 1:00pm

Center for the Arts Concert Hall
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030


Time Event
11:30 am            Student Check-in begins on Main Level
12:15 pm Doors open to the Auditorium for Guests to be seated
12:30 pm Faculty, Students and their Hooders Line-up
1:00 pm Processional
3:00 pm Light reception for graduates and their guests in the Main Lobby immediately following the Commencement.

Commencement Speakers

Guest Speaker:

Joshua Johnson, WAMU radio program host in Washington, D.C
Johnson hosts “1A,” a program produced by WAMU and distributed by National Public Radio. The program aims to bring new insight and inquiry to the most pressing issues of our time. Before WAMU, Johnson co-created and hosted the public radio series, "Truth Be Told," which explored race in America. He also taught podcasting at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and he is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Student Speaker:

Meagan Chevalier
Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Meagan Chevalier began her career in Political Science, earning a Master’s Degree from George Mason University and teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. Meagan went on to serve in development roles with area nonprofits and found that she had a passion for working in direct service of others. Meagan chose to attend Virginia Tech’s Marriage and Family Therapy program in pursuit of this passion. Since joining the program in 2016 Meagan has received the Jean B. Duerr Memorial Scholarship Award based on academic achievement and community service and started her career as a Marriage and Family Therapist with Creative Therapy Associates, where she will complete her residency upon graduation.

Almuni Speaker:

Keith Stemple is the Director of Legal Personnel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale).

With over 20 years of experience working the legal industry, professional services and higher education, Keith currently leads WilmerHale's Legal Personnel & Development Department and is responsible for the full cycle of human resource initiatives for attorneys including, orientation and integration, evaluation, compensation, and advancement and promotion. Keith helped develop the firm’s competency model and competency based attorney evaluation program and led the firm’s efforts to design and implement performance based compensation.

Prior to WilmerHale, Keith was the Associate Director of Graduate Career Services for the Business School at The George Washington University (GW). At GW, Keith designed a new career development curriculum offered to all graduate business students and built and enhanced relationships with employers and other business partners. In addition, Keith worked as the Assistant Director of Recruiting for Arthur Andersen LLP where he oversaw their recruiting initiatives in the mid-Atlantic along with a specialized global recruiting program.

Keith earned a Master of Arts in Education focusing on Human Resource Development from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Political Science from Virginia Tech. He currently serves as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, and President of the Board of Directors of the German Club Alumni Foundation.


Parking is free in Lot K. There is also garage parking adjacent to the Concert Hall at the Mason Pond Parking Deck. Daily Rates are subject to change for special events.


Although tickets are not required for Commencement ceremonies, there is limited seating.


Regalia for the Commencement Ceremony can be bought from the VT University Bookstore:

How To Select The Proper Hood Color

PhDs: The hoods for the Doctor of Philosophy will be edged with dark blue. Doctoral gowns are faced with black velvet with three bars across the sleeves. Tassels for doctoral students are gold.

Masters: The colors for the edging of hoods for master's students are determined by the college and discipline granting the degree, as listed in the table below. The tassels of caps for Master's students are black.

Please see important information about VT Regalia and Hooding.


Doctoral candidates participating in the commencement ceremony will receive their diplomas on stage. All other doctoral candidates and master's degree and certificate recipients will receive their diplomas by mail. Please ensure that your address is updated in HOKIESPA.

For information on how to change the name that will appear on your diploma, please see Name Change Instructions.


Degree-Conferring Dates

These dates appear on the diploma for qualified graduates. The added degree-conferring dates fall on the last day of final examinations of First Summer Term and Second Summer Term. See Degree-Conferring Dates for a full list. No commencement ceremonies are conducted during the summer. Students who complete degree requirements at these times may attend the next commencement, but they are requested to notify the Graduate School. All degrees conferred between commencements are listed in the commencement program for the following commencement. Diplomas for graduates will be mailed directly to the student.

Class Rings

Graduate Eligibility - Graduate students must show degree application status or we need verification from an advisor that you will complete your degree within the year of the ring year request. Please include name of advisor with application request.

To order please visit the VT Alumni Association website:

Commencement Photos

GradImages is the official photographer for Virginia Tech Commencements. If you would like to receive 20% off your entire order, pre-register before graduation day. Visit this site for more details:  For questions or concerns, call 1-800-261-2576.

Photo Booth

Photo-in-a-Box will once again be managing a photo booth for fun photos with family and friends for a few hours before the ceremony and an hour afterwards. So line up to get your free photos, complete with VT swag and silly accessories!

University Bookstore

The VT university bookstore will be offering a large variety of clothing, mugs, water bottles and other VT swag for purchase at Commencement. They will also sell regalia in case you forgot your attire for this special day.


University Flowers will be at the entrance of the venue for Commencement, stop by for a few moments to purchase a celebratory bouquet or boutonniere for the graduate!