Virginia Tech Celebrates Graduation in Wake of Tragedy

At an English department ceremony, nearly all of the 135 graduating students and many faculty members stood when asked if they knew someone killed or injured in the shooting spree.

Associated Press

May 12, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The image most people have of Kevin Sterne is harrowing: a photo showing a tourniquet wrapped around his wounded leg as rescue workers rushed him out of Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall.

But on Saturday, there was a new image of the 22-year-old former Eagle Scout from Eighty-four, Pa. He was jubilant and full of life as he limped across the stage at the university’s Cassell Coliseum using a crutch and displaying a grin to accept his degree in electrical engineering.

The crowd rose to its feet and cheered Sterne in one of the most poignant and touching moments of the Saturday morning commencement ceremony at the College of Engineering.

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