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London Hughes.

Biological Sciences senior London Hughes was a Hokie Bird

 When the clock struck midnight on May 15th for the Class of 2020, we learned a secret. London Hughes, a senior from Salem, Virginia, majoring in the Department of Biological Sciences was a … Hokie Bird!

In an interview with Roanoke’s WSLS 10 NBC affiliate, Hughes said, “I got to do a ton of things that I would have never even dreamed about being able to do. You know, running out with the team to ‘Enter Sandman’ at the beginning of football games. Going to basketball games, going to film commercials in California, all that stuff, super fun.”

His upcoming plans include returning to Virginia Tech for a Ph.D. at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hughes sits on football field in cap and gown across from Hokie Bird, feet to feet.
London Hughes (right) goes toe-to-toe with the Hokie Bird.

For more on Hughes and Virginia Tech’s Class of 2020, visit

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Salem native revealed to be one of Virginia Tech’s Class of 2020 HokeBirds