Virginia Tech announced a judge will give the keynote address for undergraduate fall commencement on Dec. 14.

Circuit Court Judge Josiah Showalter will give the address at 10:30 a.m. in Cassell Coliseum.

Bill Hopkins, a wildlife professor and founding director of Tech’s global change center, will give the graduate commencement address in a ceremony that starts at 2:30 p.m. the same day.

Showalter is the chief judge for the 27th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, which includes the New River Valley and several localities to the south and west. He was previously Montgomery County commonwealth’s attorney from 2000 to 2006.

He teaches a legal and ethical environmental business course at Tech.

Hopkins is a fish and wildlife professor and frequent commentator on environmental issues. He’s won numerous awards for teaching and research at Tech, and has conducted research and taught from the Appalachian streams to the Amazon rainforest.

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Robby Korth covers higher education at Virginia Tech and Radford University.

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