Virginia Tech commencement speakers

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  • Spring, General John Abizaid, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Commander of the United States Central Command (spring): Read | Listen.
  • Fall, E. Scott Geller, Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology in the College of Science (fall):
  • 2006
  • Spring, Timothy M. Kaine, governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Fall, Henry J. Dekker, retired founder and president of North American operations for French couturier Louis Feraud, and past member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors (fall).
  • 2005
  • Spring, David Calhoun, president and CEO of GE Transportation Systems (spring)
  • Fall, Minnis E. Ridenour, former executive vice president and chief operating officer at Virginia Tech and Senior Fellow and director of the Office of Government and Non-Profit Organization Management, Virginia Tech
  • 2004
  • Spring, Pierre Thomas, ABC News U.S. Justice Department correspondent and 1984 graduate of Virginia Tech (spring)
  • Fall, Dr. Diane Zahm, associate professor of urban affairs and planning in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech
  • 2003
  • Spring, Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., chief justice, Virginia Supreme Court (spring)
  • Fall, Dr. Ezra A. "Bud" Brown, professor of mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • 2002
  • Spring, Mark Warner, governor, Commonwealth of Virginia (spring)
  • Fall, Dr. L.A. "Andy" Swiger, dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2001
  • Spring, Rick Boucher, congressman, U.S. House of Representatives (spring)
  • Fall, Dr. Charles J. Dudley, professor of sociology and director of the University Honors Program, Virginia Tech
  • 2000
  • Spring, John Warner, senator, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Fall, Arthur L. Buikema Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, Virginia Tech
  • 1999
  • Spring, Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive officer, Novell Inc.
  • Fall, Paul Torgersen, president, Virginia Tech, and John W. Hancock Jr., Chair of Engineering
  • 1998
  • Fall, James R. Craig, professor of geological sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 1997
  • Fall, Charles "Jack" Dudley, director, University Honors Program, Virginia Tech
  • 1996
  • Fall, Lucinda Roy, Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies, Virginia Tech
  • 1995
  • Spring, Beverly H. Sgro, secretary of education, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Fall, Paul Antonie "Tony" Distler, Alumni Distinguished Professor and director of the Division of Performing Arts, Virginia Tech (fall).
  • 1993
  • Fall, John Kelly, registrar (provost), University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • 1992
  • Fall, Samuel D. Proctor, professor emeritus, Rutgers University and pastor emeritus, Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York (fall).
  • 1991
  • 1990

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