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Welcome Week at Virginia Tech is a series of events and Hokie traditions designed to welcome you back to campus and to continue preparing you for success in and out of the classroom. Kick off the school year by connecting with your campus and community through a variety of social, artistic, and academic activities. From the Hokie Hi Picnic in Lane Stadium, to a movie on the Drillfield, to Academic Success Seminar Series, to Gobblerfest, there's something for everyone.

Welcome Week is a great tradition at Virginia Tech—it’s your time to get acquainted with your new home, to make new friends, and to explore different parts of campus interaction. Event details will be added throughout the summer so be sure to check back often.


4 - 5 p.m. - Color Group Dinner

  • If you have already moved onto campus, come kick off Welcome Week by having dinner with your designated Color Group! This is a great opportunity to meet fellow Hokies and interact with your Residence Hall neighbors!
  • Sponsored by: Housing and Residence Life
  • Location: TBD

5 - 8 p.m. - Housing and Residence Life Neighborhood Programming

  • Housing and Residence Life staff will host programing activities within the community of residence halls. These activities will be publicized by hall residence life staff teams within the halls.
  • Sponsored by: Housing and Residence Life
  • Location: TBD

8 – 8:30 a.m. - Chi Run/Walk

  • Join us for a guided Chi Run / Walk to start your day!
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: Dietrick Field

8:30 - 9 a.m. - Morning Yoga

  • Come join Rec Sports for a morning yoga session to help start your day off right!
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: Dietrick Field

2 - 5 p.m. - Cultural and Community Centers Open House

  • Come check out the individual Cultural and Community Centers during their Open House to learn about the resources and services they provide throughout the year!
  • Sponsored by: Cultural and Community Centers
  • Locations:
  • American Indian & Indigenous Community Center (AIICC) - 122 Squires Student Center
  • Asian Cultural Engagement Center - 140 Squires Student Center
  • Black Cultural Center - 126 Squires Student Center
  • El Centro - Squires Student Center
  • Intercultural Engagement Center - 150 Squires Student Center
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center - 312 Squires Student Center

Welcome Week Small Groups: Small Group sessions allow new students the opportunity to connect with one of our Welcome Week Leaders and bond with other new students in a smaller group environment to make lasting connections while engaging with aspects crucial to their transition to Virginia Tech. Each student is assigned a Small Group # which corresponds to who their Welcome Week leader will be and what time they are meeting for their Small Group session. Attendance is expected for new students for both Small Group sessions on Thursday/Friday. (*SMP: Standard Meeting Place to be set by the Welcome Week Leader for the group.)

3 - 3:30 p.m. - Small Group #1A

  • Small Groups #1 - #9 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

3:30 - 4 p.m. - Small Group #1B

  • Small Groups #10 - #18 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

4 - 4:30 p.m. - Small Group #1C

  • Small Groups #19 - #27 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

4:30 - 5 p.m. - Small Group #1D

  • Small Groups #28 - #36 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

5 - 8 p.m. - RHF Welcome Cookout

  • The Residence Hall Federation sponsored by Housing and Residence Life will host a cookout for first-year students in the Prairie Quad from 5 - 9 p.m. There will be great food, along with awesome music from the Digging in the Crates, a hip-hop student organization here at Virginia Tech.
  • Sponsored by: Residence Hall Federation
  • Location: New Res Hall Quad

6 - 8 p.m. - VT Volleyball vs Radford

  • Come support the Virginia Tech Volleyball team as they face off against Radford!
  • Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Athletics
  • Location: Cassell Coliseum

9 - 11 p.m. - Movie on the Drillfield - Avengers: Infinity War

  • Grab a blanket or lawn chair and join us at sunset for a movie screening on the Drillfield! We'll be showing the fan-favorite from our polling contest. FREE popcorn while supplies last! Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Union, Student Engagement and Campus Life, and New Student Programs.
  • Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Union, Student Engagement and Campus Life, and New Student Programs
  • Location: Drillfield
  • Rain location: Burruss Auditorium

8 – 8:30 a.m. - Chi Run/Walk

  • Join us for a guided Chi Run / Walk to start your day!
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: Dietrick Field

8:30 - 9 a.m. - Morning Yoga

  • Come join Rec Sports for a morning yoga session to help start your day off right!
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: Dietrick Field

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - RecSports Tournaments

  • Compete with other Color Groups in the ultimate two-day Rec Sports Tournament Challenge! Will offer: dodgeball, small-sided soccer, wallyball, sand volleyball, archery tag, homerun derby, and world cup soccer.
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: War Memorial/Dietrick Lawn/Eggleston Quad

12 - 1:30 p.m. - Campus Kitchen Dry Meal Packing

  • Students will participate in discussion about food insecurity and hear about local hunger relief programming while packing dry meals for the Dry Meal Program. The Dry Meal Program works with the New River Valley Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program to provide prepared dry soups and breakfasts that require only adding hot water, and are easily stored for use. (Capacity: 40)
  • Sponsored by: Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech
  • Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion

2 - 3:30 p.m. - Campus Kitchen Dry Meal Packing

  • Students will participate in discussion about food insecurity and hear about local hunger relief programming while packing dry meals for the Dry Meal Program. The Dry Meal Program works with the New River Valley Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program to provide prepared dry soups and breakfasts that require only adding hot water, and are easily stored for use. (Capacity: 40)
  • Sponsored by: Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech
  • Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion

Welcome Week Small Groups: Small Group sessions allow new students the opportunity to connect with one of our Welcome Week Leaders and bond with other new students in a smaller group environment to make lasting connections while engaging with aspects crucial to their transition to Virginia Tech. Each student is assigned a Small Group # which corresponds to who their Welcome Week leader will be and what time they are meeting for their Small Group session. Attendance is expected for new students for both Small Group sessions on Thursday/Friday. (*SMP: Standard Meeting Place to be set by the Welcome Week Leader for the group.)

3 - 4 p.m. - Small Group #2A

  • Small Groups #1 - #9 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

4 - 5 p.m. - Small Group #2B

  • Small Groups #10 - #18 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

5 - 6 p.m. - Small Group #2C

  • Small Groups #19 - #27 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

6 - 7 p.m. - Small Group #2D

  • Small Groups #28 - #36 will be meeting at their Standard Meeting Place (SMP) to group up with their Welcome Week Leader and the rest of their Small Group for the session.
  • Location: SMP

5 - 7 p.m. - Paint Your Culture with CCC!

  • Come fellowship with the CCC's while painting your masterpiece and enjoying refreshments from Tropical Smoothie! (registration required and limited)
  • Sponsored by: Cultural and Community Centers
  • Location: Black Cultural Center

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Giving Tree Food Pantry with Campus Kitchen

  • Serve with one of the Campus Kitchen's community partners. You'll accompany the Giving Tree Food Pantry's clients as they shop for food at the pantry, and assist with packing up and carrying food to clients' vehicles. All students are welcome to sign up for this event, but space is limited. (Capacity: 10)
  • Location: Meet in 110 New Hall West, transportation to Giving Tree provided

9 p.m. – 1 a.m. - GobblerNights

  • Carnival Celebration! You’ll enjoy exciting rides, laser tag, carnival games, free food, Stock Your Room Bingo, and fun giveaways. All FREE!
  • Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life
  • Location: Squires Student Center, Break Zone

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Campus Kitchen Dry Meal Packing

  • Students will participate in discussion about food insecurity and hear about local hunger relief programming while packing dry meals for the Dry Meal Program. The Dry Meal Program works with the New River Valley Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program to provide prepared dry soups and breakfasts that require only adding hot water, and are easily stored for use. (Capacity: 40)
  • Sponsored by: Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech
  • Location: Squires Student Center, Brush Mountain

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - RecSports Tournaments

  • Compete with other Color Groups in the ultimate two-day Rec Sports Tournament Challenge! Will offer: dodgeball, small-sided soccer, wallyball, sand volleyball, archery tag, homerun derby, and world cup soccer.
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: War Memorial/Dietrick Lawn/Eggleston Quad

2 - 3 p.m. - Tips for Success

  • The semester is about to begin and it can feel a bit overwhelming. This session by the Student Success Center will give you tips on time management and study strategies to help you set yourself up for success.
  • Sponsored by: Student Success Center
  • Location: Library Multipurpose Room

2 - 4 p.m. - Cultural and Community Centers Open House

  • Come check out the individual Cultural and Community Centers during their Open House to learn about the resources and services they provide throughout the year!
  • Sponsored by: Cultural and Community Centers
  • Locations:
  • American Indian & Indigenous Community Center (AIICC) - 122 Squires Student Center
  • Asian Cultural Engagement Center - 140 Squires Student Center
  • Black Cultural Center - 126 Squires Student Center
  • El Centro - Squires Student Center
  • Intercultural Engagement Center - 150 Squires Student Center
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center - 312 Squires Student Center

3 - 4 p.m. - RecSports Tournaments Championship

  • Scavenger Hunt on Campus
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: War Memorial/Dietrick Lawn/Eggleston Quad

3 - 5 p.m. - Classroom Tour

  • Nervous about not being able to find your classes on the first day of school? Meet with a Welcome Week leader who will guide a group of students throughout campus to show you where your class buildings are so you feel confident and prepared for Monday!
  • Location: SMP

7 - 9 p.m. - VT Men's Soccer vs. Appalachian State

  • Come support the Virginia Tech Men's soccer team as they take on Appalachian State!
  • Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Athletics
  • Location: Thompson Field

7 - 10 p.m. - RecSports After Dark

  • Come join us for late night fun at the McComas Hall Gym featuring activities such as: Silent Disco (fitness studios), Dive In Movie (Moana), Dodgeball (single gym), Archery Tag (double gym, Mindfulness Space (198), and more!
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: McComas Hall

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - 1872 Walks

  • Learn about the Virginia Tech campus, community and traditions in a fun and interactive tour led by your peers!
  • Location: TBD

9 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Black Organizations Council Blackout

  • Meet students from the Black Organizations Council and their umbrella organizations that span across over 9 different Black Organizations like the Student of African-American Brotherhood (SAAB), Student African-American Sisterhood, African Student Association, VT Expressions, the Divine Nine community and more! Free food, games, and community!
  • Sponsored by: Black Cultural Center
  • Location: BreakZone and Black Cultural Center in Squires Student Center

10 p.m. - Welcome Week Casino Night

  • Come out to War Memorial for a Casino Night you won't forget. There will be blackjack, poker, and other games to entertain you all evening long!
  • Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life
  • Location: War Memorial Gym

11 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Welcome Week Hypnotist

  • We are bringing a nationally renowned Hypnotist to campus to astound you in the art of hypnosis as it happens right before your eyes. Get there early for your chance to be one of the lucky participants on stage that get to be hypnotized.
  • Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life
  • Location: Burruss Hall Auditorium

8 - 9:30 a.m. - Engineering New Student Welcome

  • This session is open to all first-year, transfer, and international students.
  • Sponsored by: College of Engineering
  • Location: Burruss Hall Auditorium

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - College of Natural Resources and Environment New Student Launch

  • This session is open to all first-year, transfer, and international students.
  • Sponsored by: College of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Location varies by major:
  • Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Informatics, Water: Litton-Reaves 1870
  • Fish Conservation and Wildlife Conservation: Litton-Reaves 1860
  • Geography and Meteorology: McBryde 136
  • Natural Resources Undecided: Litton-Reaves 1770
  • Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging: Litton-Reaves 1760

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Emergency Preparedness

  • VTPD and Emergency Management will host a session with new and current students to help educate them on how to be prepared on campus in the event of an emergency.
  • Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Police Department
  • Location: Burruss Hall Auditorium

1 - 2 p.m. - Emergency Preparedness

  • VTPD and Emergency Management will host a session with new and current students to help educate them on how to be prepared on campus in the event of an emergency.
  • Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Police Department
  • Location: Burruss Hall Auditorium

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Emergency Preparedness

  • VTPD and Emergency Management will host a session with new and current students to help educate them on how to be prepared on campus in the event of an emergency.
  • Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Police Department
  • Location: Burruss Hall Auditorium

4:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Hokie Hi Picnic

  • This year's program features the coaches and team members from basketball, soccer, volleyball, and football teams. The Virginia Tech HighTechs, Virginia Tech cheerleaders, and the Marching Virginians will perform. The picnic is free for all dining plan holders -- bring your on-campus room key for admission.
  • Sponsored by: New Student Programs
  • Location: Lane Stadium

8 - 10 p.m. - Housing and Residence Life First Floor Meetings

  • All residents must attend their first floor meeting of the academic year within their residence hall. Floor meetings will be publicized by each residence hall staff team individually. Please connect with your Residence Advisor for more information regarding the time and location of your floor meeting.
  • Sponsored by: Housing adn Residence Life
  • Location: TBD

9 - 12 a.m. - Target Shopping Event

  • Target is throwing a college shopping event just for you! Shop for last minute essentials, stock up on snacks, find organization solutions for your home away from home - and grab a swag bag filled with must-have goodies. Bring old friends, meet new ones and join in on the fun! Plus, get free rides to and from Target.
  • Location: Target (Christiansburg)

4 - 8 p.m. - CCC Community Kickoff

  • Virginia Tech's Cultural and Community Centers hosts annual welcome receptions for students, faculty, and staff to connect in identity-based communities. All Hokies are invited to attend. The kick-off will begin at 4:00 PM in Old Dominion Ballroom at Squires Student Center. Welcome receptions will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 PM at various locations throughout Squires Student Center. New this year, Hip Hop Karaoke will take place 5:30 to 8:00 PM in Old Dominion Ballroom on the first floor of Squires, directly following the welcome receptions!
  • Sponsored by: Cultural and Community Centers
  • Location: Old Dominion Ballroom (Squires Student Center)

5:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Skate Night

  • Back by popular demand! BSA presents its annual Skate Night event! Come out to Squires as we turn the Commonwealth Ballroom into a rollerskating rink. We'll have a live DJ and even provide the skates. This event is sponsored by the Black Student Alliance.
  • Sponsored by: Black Student Alliance
  • Location: Squires, Commonwealth Ballroom

10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Annual Tailgate Party Open House

  • Free food! Games! Prizes! Meet informally with our employer sponsors and Career and Professional Development staff. Participate in games and activities to earn prize tickets. Enjoy free pizza.
  • Sponsored by: Career and Professional Development
  • Location: Smith Career Center

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Giving Tree Food Pantry with Campus Kitchen

  • Serve with one of the Campus Kitchen's community partners. You'll accompany the Giving Tree Food Pantry's clients as they shop for food at the pantry, and assist with packing up and carrying food to clients' vehicles. All students are welcome to sign up for this event, but space is limited. (Capacity: 10)
  • Sponsored by: Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech
  • Location: Meet in 110 New Hall West, transportation to Giving Tree provided

6 - 9 p.m. - Kickoff Concert

  • The annual Kickoff Concert is back! The Class of 2020 and the Virginia Tech Union are teaming up to bring you a FREE outdoor concert to start the year off right. Come learn how you can get involved with your class and/or VTU. Stay tuned to our social media for more details on who will be performing at this year's event. Sponsored by the Class of 2020 and the Virginia Tech Union.
  • Sponsored by: Class of 2020 and the Virginia Tech Union
  • Location: Squires Plaza
  • Rain location: Squires Commonwealth Ballroom

4 - 7 p.m. - Community Kick-Off

  • Kick off your time in your Residence Hall community with the rest of your peers that you will be living and interacting with for the next year!
  • Sponsored by: Housing and Residence Life
  • Location: Residence Halls

7:30 - 9 p.m. - Moss Art Center Welcome Back Event

  • Visit the Moss Art Center for this welcome back event that is full of fun, art, and friends!
  • Sponsored by: Moss Art Center
  • Location: Moss Art Center

2 p.m. - 7th Annual Aims of Education Address featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones

  • Investigative reporter and MacArthur Genius Award winner, who has done vital and path-breaking work on race, education, and segregation delivers the 2018 Aims of Education Address
  • Sponsored by: Residential College at West Ambler Jonston
  • Location: Lyric Theater

3 - 6 p.m. - Challenge Course Grand Opening

  • Be one of the first to go through Virginia Tech's Challenge Course at the awesome grand opening event! (Partnered with Hokie Wellness to offer food and drinks.)
  • Sponsored by: Rec Sports
  • Location: Challenge Course (behind the Marching Band Field)

4 - 7 p.m. - Gobblerfest

  • Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life
  • Location: Drillfield

7 - 8 p.m. - Aspirations Ice Cream Social

  • Stop by to enjoy free ice cream from Homestead Creamery
  • Location: GLC Lawn

7 - 9 p.m. - VT Volleyball vs Campbell

  • Come cheer on the Virginia Tech Volleyball team as they take on Campbell!
  • Sponsored by: Virgina Tech Athletics
  • Location: Cassell Coliseum

7:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Game Watch Party: VT vs Florida State

  • Grab your friends and come watch Virginia Tech football’s season opener versus Florida State with other Hokie fans! FREE popcorn, cotton candy, and games! Sponsored by Student Engagement and Campus Life
  • Location: Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center