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Hokie Hi Welcome

Hokie Hi Welcome at Virginia Tech is a series of events and Hokie traditions designed to welcome you back to campus. Kick off the school year by connecting with your campus and community through a variety of interactive social activities. From the Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium, to a movie on the Drillfield, to Gobblerfest, there's something for everyone.

Hokie Hi Welcome 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. Take a look at the schedule below and take advantage of all the events during Hokie Hi!Event details will be added throughout the summer so be sure to check back often.

Hokie Hi Schedule

Thursday, August 20, 2015
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. On-Campus Move In  
 
9:00 p.m.

Movie on the Drillfield

Title: Pitch Perfect 2

Burruss Auditorium (rain location)
 

Come out for a night under the stars! Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets!

Sponsored by Student Engagement and Campus Life; Hosted by The Black Student Alliance and The Virginia Tech Union

Friday, August 21, 2015
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. On-Campus Move In  
 
7:00 p.m. Hypnotist Doug MacCraw Burruss Auditorium
 

For more than 15 years Comedy Hypnotist Doug MacCraw has entertained, amazed and captivated audiences across the US, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean with his unique comedy hypnosis show. A recognized authority on hypnosis, comedy, and corporate entertainment, Doug has combined and packaged his unparalleled comedy and hypnosis skills to create a truly unique form of entertainment sought after by top corporate event planners, convention coordinators, meeting planners, cruise ship entertainment agents, colleges and universities, world class theme parks, and others seeking hilarious, top-notch interactive, entertainment.

Sponsored by Student Engagement and Campus Life; Hosted by The Black Student Alliance and The Virginia Tech Union

Saturday, August 22, 2015
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. On-Campus Move In  
 
6:00–9:00 p.m. KickOff Dietrick Lawn & McComas Hall
 

KickOff, formally Beach Bash, is a new take on an old tradition sponsored by the Residence Hall Federation (RHF) and Recreational Sports for all students (free of cost) to welcome in a new school year at Virginia Tech. The event will host numerous activities that will ensure there is something for everyone and help to build community among new and old Hokies. Get a free shirt and enjoy free food, stage demos, performances and a variety of activities that will challenge, educate, and inspire you to start the year off on the right foot!  Activities and food will occur simultaneously in two locations during this year’s event so be sure to check out activities on the Dietrick Lawn and in McComas Hall.

Sponsored by the Residence Hall Federation (RHF) and the Department of Recreational Sports

Sunday, August 23, 2015
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Hokie Hi Welcome Picnic Lane Stadium
 

Come out and join more than 8,000 of your friends for a picnic at Lane Stadium. Walk through the tunnel that the Hokie football team uses and stroll the length of the field on your way to becoming an official Hokie. This year’s program features coaches and team members from the men and women’s basketball and soccer teams, the volleyball team, the wrestling team, and the football team. The Virginia Tech HighTechs, Virginia Tech cheerleaders, and the Marching Virginians will also perform. The picnic is free for all dining plan holders. Bring your on-campus room key for admission.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Virginia Tech Athletics.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: Black and African-American Students Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, August 25, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: Asian-American Students Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Thursday, August 27, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: Hispanic-Latino Students Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Friday, August 28, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception: Veteran Students TBD
6:00 p.m. Welcome Back Kickoff Concert and Spirit Rally Squires Plaza (at corner of Otey and College) (Rain site: Squires Commonwealth Ballroom)
 

Featuring a SAA spirit rally, with the SAA Low Techs, DJ TMMPO, opener The Band Concord and headliner band, Delta Rae. FREE and open to the Virginia Tech community.

Sponsored by Class of 2017 in partnership with Virginia Tech Union.

Monday, August 31, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: Students with Disabilities Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: Native-American Students Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: First Generation Students Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Thursday, September 3, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: LGBT*Q+ Students Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Friday, September 4, 2015
4:00–8:00 p.m. Gobblerfest Drillfield
 

Gobblerfest is an annual festival featuring hundreds of student organizations and departments at Virginia Tech. Gobblerfest is considered by many students to be one of the best ways to get involved on campus, and is the kickoff event for organizations during the academic year.

Students can meet organization leaders, local businesses, non-profits, and Virginia Tech departments. The festival offers food, games, and free giveaways at booths around the Drillfield. The festival schedule also features performances from student groups.

Gobblerfest first started in the fall of 2008 as a welcome festival for students, staff, faculty and members of the Blacksburg community. More than 20,000 people attend this free event annually.

Students can learn more about organizations on campus before the festival begins by visiting GobblerConnect.

Registration

Student Organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and Virginia Tech departments are invited to register for booths at Gobblerfest.

Volunteer registration


Contact Information

New Student and Family Programs (0925)
319 Squires Student Center
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-3284
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