Virginia Tech students were encouraged to attend class Monday, the five-year anniversary of the school’s 2007 massacre in which 23-year-old Virginia Tech student Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people, then himself.
In the years since the deadliest mass killing in contemporary American history, classes have been canceled, with this being the first year the normal schedule will resume with hopes of healing on the mind.
“Their passion for education, their desire to do good in the world, their commitment to their disciplines come through so strongly that we felt being in classes was one special way of remembering them onward,” VT Provost Mark McNamee said. “This is what they did, this is what we do, and it’s important to us.
“My sense is that our students and our faculty are ready for it.”
The campus will have a candlelight vigil in which Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will speak. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets was slated to stand guard for 32 minutes, one in honor of each of the victims. Other campus activities slated for Monday include a picnic, a display and an open house at Norris Hall, where the shooter ultimately killed himself.