Things to know for this weekend
Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus will host lots of activity this weekend with a variety of events occurring Friday through Sunday, April 14-16.
See this campus notice for parking and traffic impacts.
Black Alumni Reunion
This in-person event returns to the Blacksburg campus for the first time since 2018. Campus tours, Q&A sessions, networking events, and college receptions will be held Friday. A tailgate before the spring football game, an awards ceremony to honor and celebrate influential Black alumni, and a Black Renaissance Party highlight Saturday's events. Registration is still open. See a full schedule.
3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance
The annual 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance will take place on Saturday.
The event will begin with a moment of silence at 9 a.m. to honor and remember the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us in 2007.
The event’s 3.2-mile loop around the Blacksburg campus begins on Alumni Mall near Torgersen Bridge, passes by landmarks such the Grove, Lane Stadium, and the Virginia Tech Pylons, and ends at the April 16 Memorial.
Day of Remembrance
Virginia Tech will observe the 2023 Day of Remembrance on Sunday, April 16, to honor the students and faculty members who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.
On Sunday, the lighting of the ceremonial candle will be held at 12:01 a.m. at the April 16 Memorial, located in front of Burruss Hall on Drillfield Drive. The candle will be lit by representatives of the student body, and the names of the 32 Hokies lost on April 16, 2007, will be read. Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand in watch for the 24 hours that the candle is lit.
At 9:43 a.m., a brief wreath-laying ceremony and moment of silence will be held at the April 16 Memorial. Student members of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad will carry wreaths to the memorial, which will then be placed by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Laura Sands and Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke.
At 11:59 p.m., the ceremonial candle will be extinguished, and the light will be carried back into Burruss Hall, representing the university's commitment to never forget.
For more information, visit the We Remember website.
Hokie Hi Weekend
Virginia Tech will host several athletics events this weekend. Dubbed Hokie Hi Weekend, fans can catch their teams on the tennis court, the baseball diamond, Thompson field, or Lane Stadium.
The first day of Hokie Hi Weekend sees men's tennis take on Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. Friday in the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center before baseball opens a three-game series at English Field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stick around for a postgame fireworks display.
On Saturday, lacrosse will get things started at noon against Clemson at Thompson Field. The football team will arrive for Hokie Walk on Beamer Way at approximately 12:30 p.m. while Lane Stadium gates will open at 1 p.m. in advance of the spring game. Pregame activities for all ages in Hokie Village will start at 11:30 a.m. featuring live music from the Jared Stout Band along with inflatables, tailgate games, and food trucks.
The spring football game will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the Hokies' spring game will be complimentary. In lieu of charging for tickets, the athletics department is encouraging fans to support Virginia Tech's efforts in Name, Image, and Likeness.
Spring Family Weekend
- The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ Class of 2026 will complete the second leg of the Caldwell March on Saturday to mark the end of cadets' first year of training. Skipper, the Corps of Cadets cannon, will be fired as the cadets return to Upper Quad between 2 and 4 p.m. Actual time will depend on weather and road conditions.
- The School of Performing Arts presents "Once Upon a Mattress" in the Moss Arts Center Thursday-Sunday.
- The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine will host an open house on Saturday.