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Virginia Tech professors study up on proper name pronunciation for commencement

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CLASS OF 20-19 — AT VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE AROUND 160 CADETS – WERE COMMISSIONED INTO THE ARMY, NAVY, MARINE CORPS AND AIR FORCE THIS MORNING – IN THIS CEREMONY AT CAMERON HALL

3 IT TAKES YEARS OF HARD WORK TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE—BUT ONLY SECONDS TO RUIN THE PRONUNCIATION OF A STUDENT'S NAME AS THEY WALK ACROSS THE STAGE 3 THAT'S WHY VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSORS RESPONSIBLE FOR READING STUDENT NAMES DURING GRADUATION

SPEND HOURS PREPARING FOR THE MOMENT

W-F-X-R'S BROOKE WILLIAMS TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES AND SHOWS US HOW PROFESSORS MAKE SURE THEY GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT 3 3 0:00-0:051:10-1:15STAND-UP: WHAT GOES INTO A NAME EXACTLY? SHAKESPEARE ONCE SAID A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET BUT FOR THOSE WHO READ STUDENT NAMES AT VIRGINIA TECH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES, THERE'S A LOT THAT GOES INTO THAT NAME

""I'VE BEEN READING NAMES, I THINK IT'S A LITTLE OVER 15, BUT I KIND OF LOST TRACK"JOE MEROLA HAS BEEN PARTICIPATING IN V-T COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES– IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER–FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADESMAYBE HE'S LOST 3 TRACK OF THE YEARS, BECAUSE HE'S TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL THOSE NAMESSOT:HER NAME IS ELIZABETH, SO SHE REALLY HIGHLIGHTED OVER TO THE SIDE HERE THAT BERTH"SOME HE'LL STUDY AHEAD OF TIME, OTHERS HE'LL GET JUST MOMENTS BEFOREHAND

OVER THE YEARS, MEROLA'S RECEIVED SOME HELP "THE PREVIOUS TEACHER OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN 3 LANGUAGE, DON MCKEON, WHO WORKED IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL HE WOULD SAY IN THIS LANGUAGE THIS IS HOW YOU PRONOUNCE THIS SO THIS NAME WOULD BE THIS" ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CO MMUNICATION, CAYCE METHODSOT: "THEY'LL LEAVE THEIR PRONOUNCIATION ON THE VOICE MAIL AND THEY WILL SAY THEIR NAME 2 OR 3 TIMES AND THEN I'LL LISTEN TO IT 2, 4, MAYBE 5 TIMES DEPENDING ON WHAT IT IS

"THOUGH IT TAKES TIME AND PRACTICE, EACH PROFESSOR SAYS IT'S WORTH IT "TO BE PART OF THAT GRADUATION CEREMONY AND TO BE PART OF THEIR EXPERIENCE IS REALLY REWARDING"'ANDY WARHOL TALKED ABOUT PEOPLE'S 15 MINUTES OF FAME WELL, THIS ISN'T 15 MINUTES FOR THEM IT'S LITERALLY ABOUT 15 SECONDS AND I DON'T WANT THAT TO BE SPOILED

"MEROLA SAYS ON OCCASION HE HAS MISPR ONOUNCED A NAME, BUT HE HAS A THOUGHT HE FALLS BACK ON"I'M HOPING THEY'LL AT LEAST SAY, WELL, THAT ISN'T THE WORST I'VE EVER HAD"LOCAL IN BLACKSBURG, BROOKE WILLIAMS, WFXR NEWS 3 THE GRADUATE SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY WAS HELD EARLIER TODAYOTHER COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES AT VIRGINIA TECH CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

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