Dear Hokies, 

It is with excitement and joy that I welcome you all to a new academic year at Virginia Tech. Whether you are a returning Hokie or joining us for the first time, your presence enriches the fabric of our community.

As I embark on my first full year as your dean of students, I am continually humbled and invigorated by what defines Virginia Tech — our unparalleled spirit of innovation, resilience, and a deep-rooted sense of community. While our journey together has just started, my commitment to fostering a vibrant, supportive, and inclusive environment for every member of our Hokie family continues to drive our collective work.

Our returning students, you remain the heart and soul of our institution, embodying the values we hold dear. To those new to our community, I encourage you to seize every opportunity. Embrace the connections awaiting you, delve into the diverse avenues of learning, and immerse yourself in the richness of experiences that Virginia Tech offers each and every day.

Together, this year promises a journey of growth, learning, and cherished memories. I am profoundly optimistic about the successes that lie ahead and eagerly anticipate the remarkable accomplishments we will achieve collectively. 

Wishing you a year filled with limitless potential and enduring impact. I give you my warmest welcome back and here's to an unforgettable year ahead together!

Go Hokies!

S. Mark Sikes
Dean of Students

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