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2021 Commencement

University Commencement Details

The all-University commencement is scheduled virtually for Friday, May 14 at 6:15 p.m. ET. This will mark an important milestone for seniors and is a chance to honor the years of dedication and hard work that brought students to graduation.

Photo of graduation tassels

Cheers to the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Grads!

Celebrate our Hokie graduates all week long! Head over to the department social channels, where we will be sharing student photos and post-graduate plans, and posting a special video send-off from faculty. 

Class of 2021: Outstanding Undergraduate Students

Mark Shepheard is the 2021 Outstanding Senior for the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering department.

Alka Panda is the 2020 Outstanding Senior for the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering department.

Mark Shepheard has been named the 2021 Outstanding Ocean Engineering Senior.

Ian Willebeek Lemair

Ian Willebeek-LeMair has been named the 2021 Outstanding Aerospace Engineering Senior.

A salute to our senior AOE Ambassadors!

Scores of our students serve as ambassadors for the department. Throughout the academic year, they conduct tours for prospective students and families, assist with virtual majors fairs and open houses, and represent the department at various online events on campus. Congratulations to our senior Ambassadors, and thank you for your dedicated service!

Regan Alex

Regan Alex

Shreya Chandramouli

Shreya Chandramouli

Nathan Cox

Nathan Cox

tyler ellis

Tyler Ellis

Hannah Funk

Hannah Funk

Lauren Heslop

Lauren Heslop

Molly Kamide

Molly Kamide

Nicholas Scianna

Nicholas Scianna

Mark Shepheard

Mark Shepheard

Faith Zolper

Faith Zolper

Not pictured: Trevor von Christierson

2021 Senior Superlatives

Kevin T. Crofton Award: Most likely to give back to Virginia Tech: 

The Quarantine Award: Most Likely to Self Isolate in the ASDI: 

The Craig Woolsey Award: Most Likely to Be in the Gym: 

Maverick & Goose Award: 

Todd Lowe Award: Most likely to remain at Virginia Tech forever: 

Most likely to study a month early for an exam: 

The Thin Wall Award: “Can we use Mathematica?”: 

“Failure is not an option”: Teammate who saved the day: 

Most likely to be the one that says they failed, but got a 98:

The Beamer Award: Most likely to be in North End Zone next football season: 

The Stefano Brizzolara Award: Best dressed: 

The Elon Musk Twitter Award (Class Clown) : 

The Kevin Wang Award: Most likely to make you smile: 

The Overbooked Award: Most likely to be in two meetings at once: 

The Stealth Bomber Award: Least likely to be seen in person: 

The Ashton Kutcher Award: Least Likely to Use Their Engineering Degree: 

The Eric Paterson Award: Most Likely to be Eating Food in the ASDI: 

The Crawler: Most likely to be downtown: 

The Usain Bolt Award: Most likely to ask for homework help ten minutes before it’s due: 

The Kevin Shinpaugh Award: Most Likely to Move off the Grid: 

The William Devenport Award for Best Mustache:

That 70’s Award: Biggest Hippie Vibes: 

The Insomniac Award: Most Likely to Never Sleep: 

The Kardashian Award: Most likely to have a reality TV show: 

The Advisory Team Award: Most likely to give you a pep talk: 

The Breakfast Club Award: Most likely to be asleep in class: 

The Warfighter Award: Most likely to be thanked for their service:

The Student Athlete Grind Award: 

The Valedictorian Award: Most likely to tell us their high school GPA: 

Most likely to date someone in the same major: 

The Spilled Tea Award: Most likely to have the scoop: 

The Kanye West Award: Least likely to smile for their senior photo: 

The Intro to Aero Award: Most likely to name the airplane flying by: 

Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous: Most likely to fly first class:

Air Traffic Controller Award: Cool and collected: 

Lead Propulsion Engineer: Laptop sounds the most like a jet engine:

Orbital Debris Award: Messiest workplace:

Mark Watney Award: Most likely to get stuck on Mars: 

Most likely to become an astronaut: 

The Super-Computer: Shinpaugh’s favorite: 

The Mad Scientist Award: Most likely to blow up their own rocket: 

Most likely to live on a boat:

The Alan Brown Award: Most Likely to Go on a Tangent about a Sea Story: 

Gray Hull Disease: Most Likely to spend a career working for NAVSEA: 

The Jethro Gibbs Award: Most Likely to Build a Boat in their Basement: 

The Yacht Club Award: Most likely to get sidetracked looking at pictures of luxury watercraft: 

Chalk Award, jinxed with technology: 

Most likely to outsource a lecture:

Most Approachable: 

Most Quotable: 

The 2021 Golden Screw: