BLACKSBURG – Frank Beamer, legendary football coach for the Hokies, will return to Lane Stadium on Friday, May 17 as Virginia Tech’s commencement speaker.
Beamer will address the Class of 2019 during University Commencement exercises, which will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Speakers for other university commencement ceremonies will include Melody Barnes, co-director of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia, and Joshua Johnson, WAMU radio program host in Washington, D.C.
Barnes will speak on Thursday, May 16, at Virginia Tech’s Graduate School Commencement Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. Johnson will address graduates at the National Capital Region Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax.
Beamer, a 1969 Virginia Tech graduate, celebrates his 50th reunion this year. He retired in 2015 as the winningest coach in Hokie football history, with a school-record 238 victories in 29 seasons. Under Beamer, the Hokies had five top 10 finishes and became one of only six programs in college football history to go to a bowl game for at least 20 consecutive seasons.
Of his many accolades, Beamer was inducted into the College…