DVM Class of 2020 virtual commencement and celebrations to take place Friday, May 15

DVM Class of 2020 white coat ceremony, 2016
DVM Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony in 2016

“We were all heartbroken when the coronavirus pandemic forced us to cancel spring commencement at the Moss Art Center. We still want to recognize our students on graduation day and award the doctor of veterinary medicine degree that they have earned through years of study and hard work. Hopefully, this virtual ceremony will give our graduates and their loved ones an opportunity to participate in a meaningful shared experience.”
— Jacquelyn Pelzer, VA-MD Vet Med director of admissions and student services

Given the challenges our world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is planning a special virtual event to honor and congratulate the DVM Class of 2020.

This year marks the veterinary college’s 40th anniversary; and while we must be separated at this celebratory moment, the spirit of the community has never been stronger. On Friday, May 15, we will celebrate that spirit and much more when we come together virtually to honor the graduation of the DVM Class of 2020 and to confer their hard-earned degrees.

As you celebrate and honor our graduates, please share your congratulations on social channels using #HokieGrad and #VetMed2020.

University and VA-MD Vet Med virtual celebrations will take place as follows on May 15:

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Class Memories
5:30 p.m. EDT

Join us as we watch and commemorate the class’s past four years through the members’ own lenses. We extend heartfelt thanks to Chelsea Bond and Kellsie Mullikin, the class historians who put together the class’s favorite photos for this special experience! The video will be available at www.vetmed.vt.edu/commencement.asp on May 15.

Virginia Tech’s University Ceremony
6:15 p.m. EDT

University pre-commencement well wishes submitted by VT faculty, staff, alumni, students, family and friends will be aired before the start of the University Commencement ceremony.

Virginia Tech’s University Commencement
6:30 p.m. EDT

Virginia Tech’s online commencement ceremony will feature inspirational messages from notable Hokies, including Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, legendary defensive coordinator Bud Foster, and world-renowned poet and University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni.

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine DVM Commencement Ceremony
7:30 p.m. EDT

VA-MD Vet Med’s DVM Commencement ceremony begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. This ceremony will follow the traditional DVM commencement ceremony as closely as virtually possible: music, speeches, a special guest appearance, individual student recognition, the class taking the veterinarian’s oath together, and more! The virtual commencement video will be available at www.vetmed.vt.edu/commencement.asp on May 15. Special thanks are extended to Andrew Mann, the veterinary college’s digital content producer who pulled together this very special virtual ceremony!

The Veterinarian’s Oath

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Class of 2020, as you prepare to take the oath above, we recognize that you are a prime example of what it means to be a Hokie and stewards of the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). We can’t wait to celebrate the start to your new journeys with you. Congratulations!