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Looking for a community? You’ve found it.

One of the many advantages of a small college is the chance to really get to know people: your classmates, your advisor, your faculty. As a group, we are passionate about natural resources and sustainability — and ready to lend a helping hand to those who want to be a part of this community of scholars.

Check out these CNRE events to get connected and celebrate our accomplishments

At events in our college, everyone is welcome: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of CNRE. Watch for announcements, emails, and flyers about what’s happening throughout the year so you can come out and get to know people. Here are a few CNRE traditions that you don’t want to miss.

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Welcome Back Bash

Fall 2024
Cheatham Hall Lawn

Join CNRE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends as we welcome everyone back to campus for the school year. Come enjoy the band, free food, prizes, lawn games, and more!

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CNRE Awards Banquet

Spring 2025
The Inn at Virginia Tech

This event is CNRE's night to shine and recognize the achievements of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as the  college's scholarship recipients. Attendance by special invitation only.

Three students with shovels dump dirt into a freshly dug hole for a young tree supported by wooden stakes.

CNRE Graduation Celebration

Spring 2025
Cheatham Hall Lawn

All graduating undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and alumni are invited to the Graduation Celebration for food, music, and prizes! We'll also plant the senior class tree.The event is free but registration is required.

Two graduates celebrate commencement.

CNRE Commencement

May 2025
Lane Stadium

The ceremony is held in addition to the university commencement and honors undergraduate and graduate students (and their families!) who are receiving degrees from the College of Natural Resources and Environment.The event is free but registration is required.

Want to give back to CNRE? Be an ambassador!

Do you love the College of Natural Resources and Environment? Want to tell other students what it’s like to learn and be part of the CNRE family? Then consider becoming a CNRE ambassador.

You’ll be involved with recruiting prospective students, represent the college at university events such as Admissions open house programs, act as a host at alumni events, and help teach first-year experience labs.

For more information, contact John Gray Williams at

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You'll always be a part of CNRE

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When you graduate, your involvement with the college doesn’t have to end! You’ll be able to take all the friendships and connections that you’ve built with you — connections that can be extremely valuable once you’ve started your career. We also hope you’ll stay involved and look for ways to give back to the college as you continue down your life’s path.