The City of Alexandria, represented by Mayor Justin Wilson, Vice Mayor Amy Jackson, and members of its city council, formalized a proclamation on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to commend Virginia Tech on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. The special event was held at the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus headquarters in Potomac Yard.

Jackson, who is a Hokie alum, presented a copy of the proclamation to Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Innovation Campus Vice President and Executive Director Lance Collins as “an expression of the City of Alexandria’s admiration for the institution’s extraordinary history, unparalleled legacy of excellence, and invaluable contributions to the city, commonwealth, the nation, and the world.”

“Since 2018 we have been partnering with the City of Alexandria to construct the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, and we could not ask for a better partner,” said Collins, who welcomed the more than 50 guests to the Innovation Campus headquarters for the brief celebration. 

“Our Innovation Campus partnership is built on 150 years serving the commonwealth and a wonderful 30-year history in Alexandria. As we developed our vision to expand our role in this region, there was no doubt Alexandria was the right place to be,” Sands said. “As we look forward to the next 150 years, I am honored to say the future of Alexandria, Virginia Tech, and the commonwealth is bright.” 

Virginia’s Tech’s 18-month Sesquicentennial celebration is culminating Dec. 14 with simultaneous events in Roanoke and D.C., showcasing the impact the university has on the commonwealth and beyond. The closing event will be interactive, featuring engagement zones that explore Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC research and Virginia Tech’s K-12 outreach, which is shaping the next 150 years of STEM education.

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