Sheryl Sandberg speaks at commencement

The rain couldn't dampen Hokie spirits as the Class of 2017 gathered in Lane Stadium on May 12 for its spring commencement. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, delivered graduation remarks after being introduced by Virginia Tech alumna Regina E. Dugan, vice president of engineering and leader of Facebook’s new Building 8 hardware product development team.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Candidates receiving master's and doctoral degrees process in the Graduate Commencement ceremony in Cassell Coliseum.
Candidates receiving master's and doctoral degrees process in the Graduate Commencement ceremony in Cassell Coliseum.
Joshua Jenkins decorated his graduation cap to celebrate his master's degree in aerospace engineering.
Joshua Jenkins decorated his graduation cap to celebrate his master's degree in aerospace engineering.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - University Commencement Ceremony

Facilities crews worked the early hours before Friday's ceremony to keep the seats dry.

Facilities crews worked the early hours before Friday's ceremony to keep the seats dry.
Facilities crews worked the early hours before Friday's ceremony to keep the seats dry.
Families donned ponchos and other rain gear to stay dry during Friday's ceremony.
Families donned ponchos and other rain gear to stay dry during Friday's ceremony.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke on resilience and the importance of communities.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke on resilience and the importance of communities.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook Vice President of engineering Regina Dugan before the start of Friday's ceremony.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook Vice President of engineering Regina Dugan before the start of Friday's ceremony.
Graduates came prepared to stay dry
Graduates came prepared to stay dry
Graduates in the veterinary school continue the waving glove tradition.
Graduates in the veterinary school continue the waving glove tradition.
The stage party jumps to "Enter Sandman"
The stage party jumps to "Enter Sandman"