"That is why this year, on April 16th, you started attending class again, choosing to honor their lives by moving forward with your own. And that is why, when you all are out there in the world and you meet someone and you tell them that you’re from Virginia Tech, and they say, “Huh, isn’t that the school where..” I want you to interrupt them right there and say, “Yes, it is the school where we have some of the best academic programs and professors in the country.” That’s what you tell them. You tell them, “Yes, it is the school where students are passionate about serving their country and supporting each other. And by the way, which also has the best campus food you’ll ever eat.” Who can say that? You tell them, “Yes, it’s the school where we produce graduates who are leaders in their industries, and pillars of their communities, and who carry their Hokie pride with them every day for the rest of their lives.” You say, “Yes, that is the school I attend. That is Virginia Tech.” -Michelle Obama, Virginia Tech Graduation 2012
"While 32 of our friends and classmates are in heaven trying to explain what a Hokie is, I stand here sure in the fact that I would never want to be anything else."