Area Residents Honored At Virginia Tech Commencement

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university’s spring commencement ceremony held May 14 in Lane Stadium.

  • Annette Baez of Westfield received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal and poultry sciences from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Matthew Bennison of Piscataway received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree cum laude in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering.
  • Eric Davis of Berkeley Heights received a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering degree in mining engineering from the College of Engineering.
  • David Dunn of Westfield received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the College of Science.
  • Jaclyn Grysko of Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
  • Michael Paraboschi of Scotch Plains received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering.
  • Nicole Santangelo of Edison received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
  • Trevor Swansen of East Brunswick received a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in hospitality and tourism management from the Pamplin College of Business.
  • Christopher Thompson of Union received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree in aerospace engineering from the College of Engineering.
  • Tu Vo of Union received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering.
  • Joseph Wilson of Rahway received a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in finance from the Pamplin College of Business.
  • Jason Worilds of Rahway received a Bachelor of Science degree in apparel, housing, and resource management from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Approximately 5,000 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. candidates along with their families and friends attended the on-campus ceremony presided by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger.

Continuing the tradition of inviting new Virginia governors to deliver the commencement address, Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell delivered the university commencement address to Virginia Tech’s Class of 2010. McDonnell took office as the 71st Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in January. Swiss entrepreneur, Stephan Bieri, delivered the keynote address at the graduate commencement ceremony. Bieri is an internationally recognized consultant specializing in scientific evaluation and intellectual property and chairman of the scientific advisory board at Virginia Tech’s Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.


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