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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! Events will be added throughout the spring and summer so be sure to check back often.

Hokie Hi Schedule

Thursday, August 21, 2014
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. On-Campus Move In  
9:00 p.m.

Movie on the Drillfield

Title: Godzilla

Burruss Hall

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

Sponsored by Student Centers and Activities; Hosted by The Black Student Alliance and The Virginia Tech Union

Friday, August 22, 2014
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. On-Campus Move In  
8:00 p.m. Hypnotist Tom DeLuca Burruss Auditorium

World-renowned hypnotist Tom DeLuca has performed at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country and has appeared on numerous television talk shows. This year, he returns to Virginia Tech for his 14th performance. In previous performances, he has made audience members forget their own names and even believe that they are aliens from another planet. According to Variety magazine, “DeLuca takes the idea of audience participation to its outer limits.”

Sponsored by Student Centers and Activities; Hosted by The Black Student Alliance and The Virginia Tech Union

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. On-Campus Move In  
6:00–9:00 p.m. KickOff (formerly Beach Bash) McComas Hall

KickOff, formally Beach Bash, is a new take on an old tradition sponsored by Recreational Sports and Residence Hall Federation (RHF) for all students (free of cost) to welcome in a new school year at Virginia Tech with a "blast."  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, and a variety of activities that will challenge, educate, and inspire you to start the year off on the right foot!  Don't leave early- The finale will be Virginia Tech's first Color Blast event on the Prairie Quad to decorate the shirt you earned during the event! Let's get colored, Hokies! 

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

Sunday, August 24, 2014
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, 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.

Friday, September 5, 2014
4:00–8:00 p.m. Gobblerfest Drillfield

Gobblerfest is an annual festival intended to engage students in campus activities and connect with the surrounding community while inspiring curiosity, civility and self-understanding.

Gobblerfest was conceived in the fall of 2008 as a welcome festival for students, staff, faculty and members of the Blacksburg community. This free event has become a highlight of the start of the academic year. An estimated 22,000 people attended the 2011 event.

Gobblerfest is an excellent way for students to meet each other, explore common interests, and become a part of the Virginia Tech community, all in a healthy, alcohol-free setting. Student organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and Virginia Tech departments will offer food, games, free giveaways, and volunteer service information at booths around the Drillfield. The day's schedule will also include a variety of entertainment.


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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