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Lettered on graduation cap: Wildness is a Necessity, Thank You Mom and Dad

Congratulations CNRE graduates

If you’re reading this page, it means you’ve made it. You and your classmates have spent countless hours listening to lectures, revising dissertations, working in labs, chasing tornados, riding in vans, learning to Zoom, and so much more to earn a Virginia Tech degree. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments — we sure are.

We want to celebrate you and honor your contributions to the College of Natural Resources and Environment. CNRE will be participating in the university’s virtual commencement on May 15, and we are also planning some celebratory activities within the college. More information about both is below.

We encourage you to share this moment with family and friends wherever they are — by your side, across the country, or around the world — and join us online to celebrate the best of what it means to be a Hokie: you.

CNRE Commencement celebration

We in the College of Natural Resources and Environment are known as much for our “can-do” attitude as for our community. Although we wish we could all be together, distance will not stop us from celebrating our graduates.

Please celebrate with us by listening to messages from CNRE Dean Paul M. Winistorfer and Associate Professor Carolyn Copenheaver, winner of the 2020 CNRE Outstanding Teaching Award, in a celebratory video created for the Class of 2020. As a member of your class, CNRE 2020 Outstanding Senior Brittany Christensen will reflect on her time at Virginia Tech and share her hopes and plans for the future.

There are so many people who want to congratulate you and celebrate you that we have created a way for them to do just that through our Kudoboard. Take a look at your virtual applause — you’ve earned it! If you are a family member, friend, faculty, alumni, or CNRE community member and want to participate, see the instructions further down the page.

CNRE Commencement Video Speakers

Paul Winistorfer wearing a doctorate academic regalia outside.

Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment

Carolyn Copenheaver

Outstanding Teaching Award Winner for 2020

Outstanding Senior Award Winner for 2020

Post a message to the Class of 2020

If you are a part of the CNRE community, we know you are proud of the Class of 2020, so we created a place for you to show it! Visit the CNRE Kudoboard and post your own personal message of pride, encouragement, inspiration, advice, or hope. You can send warm wishes through a written message and even upload a photo or video.

If you are a graduate of the college and/or Virginia Tech, we are relying on you to give everyone in the Class of 2020 a warm welcome into the Hokie alumni family. When you post, please share your class year and degree or program!

University Commencement information

The university-wide Commencement ceremony will be held online at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 15, 2020. During the ceremony, you and your friends and family members will be able to comment and interact with the university and each other. In addition to remarks from President Tim Sands and other special guests, you can access a special message from CNRE Dean Paul M. Winistorfer and then listen for your name as all graduates from the college are recognized.

In addition, our newest alumni will also be invited to campus in fall 2020 to celebrate commencement with a senior tailgate, an “Enter Sandman” entrance into Lane Stadium, and complimentary attendance at the September 26 home football game. Spring 2020 graduates are also welcome to participate in the December or May 2021 commencement.

If you have questions about Commencement activities, regalia, and diplomas, make sure you check the FAQs page first. If you don’t see the answers here or have specific questions related to CNRE, contact Cathy Barker, Student Services Coordinator, at