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VT Commencement Packed for First Lady


Reporter: David Tate

Blacksburg, VA – Friday was graduation day for more than 5,000 students at Virginia Tech. There were ceremonies all day, but no celebration was as big as the one that took place in Lane Stadium where a record number of students showed up to hear First Lady Michelle Obama.

But with the First Lady comes a little extra baggage most notably, longer lines. Especially the one that took the seniors to Rector Fieldhouse.

Once inside, it looked kind of like an airport terminal.

"It's moving a little quicker than I thought. The line was really long but it's moving so that's good," said graduating senior John Lawrence as he walked in.

It all definitely changed the way Roanoke's pipe and drum band Warpipe did business. They usually escort the students with honors across campus and into the stadium. But not this year.

"Because of the security we're just taking them to the stadium and not going in ourselves," said Burt Mitchell, from Warpipe.

Security was tight both outside and inside Lane Stadium. Maybe it was the nice day or maybe it was the keynote speaker? Whatever the reason, more seniors showed up to the ceremony than expected, which forced everything to run a little late as crews found extra seating.

It wasn't so much of a hurdle, considering the four years that led up to this one moment.

"We are all determined to live up to the example you have set. And in those ways, and so many others, yes we are all still Hokies. Congratulations again on everything you have achieved. Thank you all. God bless you," said Michelle Obama in her commencement speech.

The First Lady received a very warm welcome from the crowd, which included two standing ovations and a third ovation when she stepped onto the stage.

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