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The following area Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university's spring commencement ceremony held May 9: Shari Baloch, Samuel Beneck, Matthew Brubaker, Elizabeth Dye, Paul Geiger, Warren Glismann. Lisa Gunderman, Nasser Hamidi, Safia Jamil, Margaret Pruden, Vladimir Smirnov, Zachary Williams, Zachary Williams, Christian Zoeller, Andrew Augustin, Monica Bass, Albert Bjork, Caroline Black, Douglas Brenner, Michael Diaz, Margaret Feldman, Amanda Halsey, Ashley Hartle, Kristin Hendershot, Kimberly Hollmann, Lisa Kaiser, Taylor Lugar, Erik Reeves, Morgan Rezac, Katherine Runco, Nicole Shaffer, Christopher Jones and Emily Williams.
Army Reserve Capt. RC Chao, Sterling High School class of 1993, has been mobilized and activated for an overseas deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chao, who graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1997, will be aiding in the security, stabilization and rebuilding of Iraq and its infrastructure.