In 1872, Addison Caldwell trekked 30 miles from Craig County to Blacksburg, Virginia, inspired by the opportunity for an education. Today, nearly 150 years later, students looking to find the answers to big questions, to solve complex problems, and to serve the world still seek those opportunities at Virginia Tech.
As the university community emerges from an unprecedented year, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends will find numerous opportunities for celebration connected to Virginia Tech’s 150th year, or sesquicentennial, a milestone moment for Hokies everywhere.
“Virginia Tech’s sesquicentennial will foster a renewed engagement with the university at a historic moment, bringing our community together after a long season of being apart,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “It is an opportunity to reflect on where we began, celebrate how far we’ve come, and look to our future as we continue advancing Beyond Boundaries.”
From July 2021 through December 2022, Virginia Tech will observe the 150th anniversary of its founding. The first official sesquicentennial event, which is slated for October in tandem with Homecoming 2021, will be followed by ongoing celebrations that will extend across the commonwealth, nation, and even internationally.