Virginia Tech has long been a leader in the electronic publication of Thesis and Dissertations. All graduate students must submit their Thesis or Dissertation electronically. The full process is done online using the online system to request graduation and to schedule final defense.
Submitting the Thesis or Dissertation to the ETD repository is a pre-requisite for graduation. The Grad School set a deadline to submit the ETD if the student desires to participate in commencement, this is usually 2 weeks before the last day of classes.