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Virginia Tech Alumni Association chapters in more than two dozen locations will host Student Send-offs to welcome the Class of 2023. 

The parties, held throughout the summer, connect new students and their parents with area alumni. Find a party in your area and welcome the newest members of Hokie Nation. The chapters listed below are holding send-offs.

  • Date: June 8
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: The event will be held at the home of Hokie alumni Karen and Chris Plummer.
  • Details: Let’s celebrate the Virginia Tech Class of 2023! Come eat, meet, and speak with our newest Hokies, current students and local alumni. We ask that each member of the alumni association bring a dish to share.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to jaxvtalumni@gmail.com by June 1 for dish coordination and location details. 
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  • Date: June 15
  • Time: 3-5 p.m.
  • Location: Loantaka Park, Kitchell Road Shelter, 30 Florence Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960
  • Details: TBA
  • RSVP: Please visit us on Facebook or Instagram
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  • Date: June 19
  • Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Location: Timberwood Grill, 3311 Worth Crossing, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Details: Join Hokie alumni, students, family, and friends as we welcome the Class of 2023! We will have a panel of current students sharing their experiences and answering questions for incoming students and their parents.
  • RSVP: Please email Martin Harar or call him at 434-984-4779 by June 15.
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  • Date: June 22
  • Time: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Location: Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210, Shelter #2
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  • Details: We will recognize our new and returning students with a covered dish picnic. Our special guest will be Patty Perillo, the vice president for student affairs and assistant professor of higher education at Virginia Tech. The Charlotte Chapter will be providing burgers and hot dogs, water, soft drinks, and beer! We ask guests to please sign up here to bring tailgate appetizers, sides and desserts to share. We’ll begin eating around 12:30 p.m. This is a free event for all local alumni and friends! Hokies of the four-legged variety are welcomed as well!
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  • Date: June 29 (Raindate: July 6)
  • Time: Noon-3 p.m.
  • Location: Robious Landing Park, Shelter #3, 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
  • Details: More than 500 students from the Richmond area are getting ready to attend Virginia Tech ! Join us in welcoming the newest members of Hokie Nation at our FREE annual picnic. Meet local alumni, current students, families and friends as we celebrate the Class of 2023 and announce our 2019 scholarship winners.
  • RSVP: https://richmondhokies.org/events/470/new-hokie-celebration
  • Questions? Email freshmansendoff@richmondhokies.org
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  • Date: June 9
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: Home of Katherine Friguletto, 3713 Amherst Ave., Dallas, TX 75225
  • Details: TBA
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to dfwhokies@gmail.com by June 1.
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  • Date: June 23
  • Time: 1:30 -4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Glasgow Park, Pavillion 1, 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702
  • RSVP: Please email Howard Sholl
  • Details: Current and incoming students, alumni, family, and friends are welcome for an afternoon of food, fun, socializing, and games. The event is FREE for incoming and current Virginia Tech students and 2019 Virginia Tech graduates. The cost is $7 per non-student aged 11 and older. The First State Chapter will provide burgers, hot dogs, chips, water, and soft drinks. Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. The First State Chapter will recognize our 2019-20 scholarship recipients at the picnic.
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  • Date: June 8 POSTPONED. New date TBA.
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: Shadow Bay Park, 5100 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819. More details available here.
  • Details: This is the Central Florida Chapter's annual alumni summer picnic and get together. We want to welcome local Virginia Tech freshman to Hokie Nation before they leave for Blacksburg. The Central Florida Chapter will be providing main dishes of BBQ, some sides, soda, and water. Please bring appetizers or desserts to share.
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  • Date: June 18
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: River Rock Amphitheater at Jackson River Sports Complex, 870 W Edgemont Drive, Covington, VA 24426
  • Details: TBA
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  • Date: July 13
  • Time: 4-6 p.m.
  • Location: Adams Ricci Park, 100 E Penn Drive, Enola, PA 17025
  • Details: Join the Central Pennsylvania Alumni Chapter in welcoming the newest members of Hokie Nation! Alumni, please sign up to bring a covered dish here. For more details please check us out on Facebook.
  • RSVP:Please email centralpahokies@gmail.com
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  • Date: July 20
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Location: Home of Paul and Andrea Brian, 7120 Dell Road, Saline, MI 48176
  • Details: Join the Southeastern Michigan Alumni Chapter for a potluck style event! Incoming studebts and their families, Hokie summer interns, alumni, family and friends are all welcome. Please bring your favorite dish to share. The chapte will provide water and soda. Please BYOB, wear Hokie gear, and bring lawn chairs. If you have a pop-up tent or canopy please bring it. Lawn games, Hokie signs, banners and flags are also appreciated.
  • RSVP: Click here
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  • Date: June 30
  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Location: Lynchburg Hillcats Stadium, 3180 Fort Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24501
  • Details: Join the Central Virginia Alumni Chapter in welcoming the newest members of Hokie Nation during the Lynchburg Hillcats baseball game versus the Down East Wood Ducks! Anyone attending will receive a voucher that is good for admittance to the game, seating in the reserved section and includes a hotdog, chips, and drink.
  • RSVP: email Lindsay Bade no later than Friday, June 28.
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  • Date: June 15
  • Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Location: Arapahoe Road Trailhead Picnic Shelter, 15200 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112
  • Details: TBA
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  • Date: Aug. 10
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Details: TBA
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  • Date: July 27
  • Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Location: Lake Isabella Quarry Bluff Shelter, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140
  • Details: Join the Cincinnati Hokies in welcoming the newest members of Hokie Nation! Incoming students, current students, alumni, family and friends are all welcome to join. BBQ will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share with everyone as well as any beverages you would like to have.
  • RSVP:  Email  cincyhokies@gmail.com by July 24  
  • Date: July 6 (rain or shine)
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location: 525 Catoctin Circle SW, Leesburg, VA 20175
  • Details: Join the Loudoun County Alumni Chapter in welcoming the newest additions to Hokie Nation! The chapter will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs. Please bring a dish to share. This is a non-alcoholic event. For more details visit us on Facebook.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP or send questions to Keith at LoudounHokie@hotmail.com or by calling 703-901-5760.
  • Date: July 13
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Cedar Falls Park, 201 Cedar Falls Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
  • Details: The Palmetto Alumni Chapter's annual picnic will return to Cedar Falls Park. Falls Park is a big place so feel free to bring your tailgating games, frisbees, etc. and be ready for a day of fun! The cost is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Current or incoming Virginia Tech students are free. Cost covers food and beverages. 
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here.
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  • Date: July 27
  • Time: 2-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
  • Details: The National Capital Region Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association welcomes all students, alumni, family, and friends to join us for our annual Hokie Picnic at the Wolf Trap National Park, generously sponsored by Kay Houghton and Associates - Keller Williams Realty. Come enjoy free food and non-alcoholic beverages (while supplies last) with local Hokies of all ages. We’ll have games and a number of special guests including:
    • Instructor John Boyer aka The Plaid Avenger.
    • Local Hokie business owners, including Vicky Arczynski, whose inspiring story was featured on NBC4 this year.
    • The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
    • Recipients of the 2019 DC Hokies scholarships.
    • Linda Thomas Greenfield, former assistant secretary of African Affairs.

Children and pets are welcome and parking is free. Guests may BYOB; drinks may also be purchased at the adjacent Ovations Restaurant.

  • Date: Aug. 11
  • Time: 5-8 p.m.
  • Location: The Lake Ritchie Pavilion, 5305 Lake Ritchie Road, Bealeton, VA 22712
  • Details:  Join the Fauquier Chapter for our sixth annual alumni picnic and student sendoff. Cost for this event is as follows:

    Adults: $25 prepaid/$30 day     of event

    Virginia Tech students: $10

    Children ages 6-16: $10

    Children under 6: FREE

Cost includes BBQ dinner and nonalcholic beverages. Cash bar is available. There will also be a raffle, silent auction, and additional games. Virginia Tech students have the chance to win a $500 scholarship! Winner must be a Fauquier County resident, student AND pre-register for the picnic by Aug. 5. For more information or to register for this event, please visit fauquierhokies.com

  • Date: Aug. 4
  • Time: 4-6 p.m.
  • Location: Knights of Pythias, Fredericksburg Lodge No. 22, 330 Wallace Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
  • Details: Come and welcome the Fredericksburg area Class of 2023! The picnic menu includes crabs, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, and all the fixins. $40 for crab eaters, $15 for non-crab eaters. Class of 2019 and current VT students are half-off. Children 12 and under and incoming freshmen are FREE!
  • RSVP: By Monday, July 29 by mailing this form and a check, made payable to "FAC-VTAA" to Jamie Marshall, 5205 Cedar Ridge Drive, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.  Please specify how many will be attending, including those who are attending free, so we can ensure enough crab for everyone.
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  • Date: Aug. 11
  • Time: 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Details: Join the Chicago Hokies and Professor Sylvester Johnson, director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, in welcoming the class of 2023! Alumni, students, family, and friends are all welcome to celebrate the newest additions to Hokie Nation.  This is a casual event and lunch will be provided by the Chicago Alumni Chapter.
  • RSVP: Please email chicagohokies@gmail.com by Friday, Aug. 2.
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  • Date: Aug. 15
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Location: Wasena Park's Brick Shelter, 1001 Winchester Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Details: Join the Roanoke Valley Alumni Chapter in welcoming the Class of 2023 to Hokie Nation with a BBQ dinner! This event is free for incoming and current students and $5 for guests.
  • RSVP: Please email roanokehokies@gmail.com by Aug. 1.
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  • Date: Aug. 1
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Triad Park, 9652 W. Market St., Kernersville, NC 27284
  • Details: The picnic will be catered by Little Richards BBQ. The cost is $18 per person and free for children younger than 12. There will be no cost to incoming or current Virginia Tech students. Please make checks payable to VTAA NC Triad Chapter and mail to: Linda Allen, 6 Kempton Drive, Greensboro, NC 27406.
    Proceeds from the picnic will benefit our Triad Chapter scholarship fund. For more information, please contact Jim Goff at jgoff717@triad.rr.com or 336-409-1624.
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  • Date: Aug. 3
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location: Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Details: The Tidewater Chapter of the VTAA cordially invites alumni, entering freshman, family and friends to join us for our Annual Hokie Jubilee and New Student Welcome at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Agricultural Research Center on Diamond Spring Road. This is a family-friendly event. Alumni will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with our newest Hokies and pass along any sage advice they can. There is a TON of open spaces to play games and have fun!

    This year promises to be a great time for Hokies young and old. Be sure to bring along your friends, family, and other supporters of the university! There will be great BBQ with all the fixings, drinks, games, and aton of Hokie fun. We will also have some AWESOME door prizes for the students!

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  • Date: Aug. 6
  • Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Location: Brian's Steak House, 625 E. Atlantic Street, South Hill, VA
  • Details:  Join the Southside Alumni Chapter in welcoming the Class of 2023! Food will be provided by the alumni chapter. Scholarship recipients will also be recognized. There is no cost to those attending. All students, alumni, family, and friends are welcome.
  • RSVP:Please email Frank Turner at frank_r_turner@hotmail.com or call at 434-676-3233
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  • Date: Aug. 9
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Charleston Tennis Club, 1600 Tennis Club Road, Charleston, WV 25314
  • Details: TBA
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  • Date: Aug. 3
  • Time: TBA
  • Location:  Home of Rick Chandra, 2300 Sterling Road, Nashville, TN 37215
  • Details: Join us as we celebrate Middle Tennessee's newest Hokies before they head to their new home in Blacksburg, VA! Be sure to stop by the home of VT Alumnus Rick Chandra to congratulate these students.
    Feel free to RSVP on Facebook or email tnhokies@gmail.com.
  • Contact: Email tnhokies@gmail.com
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  • Date: Aug. 7
    Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Center Street Grill, 5102 Center St., Williamsburg, VA  23188
  • Details: Join the Williamsburg Hokies in welcoming the Class of 2023! This event is free and all incoming students, current students, family, and alumni are welcome.
  • RSVP: Please email ktisdell@vt.edu
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  • Date: Aug. 4
  • Time: 5 p.m
  • Location: Big Spring Farm, 14041 Glenbrook Ave., Meadowview, VA
  • Details: TBA
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  • Date: Aug. 4
  • Time: TBA
  • Location:  Lake Nokomis Main Beach, 5001 Lake Nokomis Parkway W
    Minneapolis, MN 55417
  • Details: TBA
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  • Date: Aug. 4
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road, Columbia, SC 29205
  • Details: Join the Columbia Hokies as we welcome the newest Hokies from the area into the Virginia Tech family. Let's help them kick off the best four years of their lives and show them what it means to be a Hokie! This year we are hosting a picnic potluck in Heathwood Park. Bring the whole family! We will also be collecting school supplies for a local school, so please bring donated items to help us fill up a backpack or two!
  • RSVP: Click here
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  • Date: Aug. 11
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: 15 Romar Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
  • Details: Join us in celebrating the class of 2023! BBQ and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. We will be raffling itemts to raise money for our scholarship.
  • RSVP: Annapolisvtaa@gmail.com
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  • Date: Aug. 3
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Location: Oozlefinch Brewery, 81 Patch Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651
  • Details: Join the Peninsula Hokies for a picnic, lawn games, and summer outdoor fun as we celebrate our area freshmen that are headed off to Virginia Tech for the fall semester. This is a great event to network, meet fellow Hokies, and provide a warm send-off to Hokie students from the area. This is a potluck style picnic, so bring along your favorite dish, dessert, or appetizer to share. Iced tea and water will be provided and the brewery will be open to purchase beer. If you prefer some other nonalcoholic beverage you can bring it to the event. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed on the property. Lawn chairs, games, and Hokie tailgate gear are appreciated.
  • RSVP: Email Louise Schaeffler
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  • Date: Aug. 17
  • Time: 4-7 p.m.
  • Location: Dick Campbell's Pavilion, 446 White Oak Landing Lane, King William, VA 23086
  • Details: Join us on the beautiful Mattaponi River for our summer crab feast and student sendoff event! Kick back and enjoy a leisurely boat ride and friendly corn hole competition. See friends and wish our newest Hokies the best as they prepare for a great year in Blacksburg. There will be steamed crabs, burgers, dogs, side dishes, dessert, and beverages. A 50/50 raffle will also be held to benefit the Tideneck Chapter Scholarship Fund. Dinner price is $40 per person (Virginia Tech students and kids 12 and under are FREE). The price includes all food and drink.  
  • RSVP: Deadline is Aug. 8. Mail checks payable to VTAA Tideneck Chapter, P.O. Box 373, Tappahannock, VA  22560.
  • Questions? Email Ronnie Gill or call 804-445-3447
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  • Date: Aug. 17
  • Location:  Patapsco Valley State Park Pickall Area - Pavillion 707 A & B,
  • Details:
    The Baltimore Hokies welcome all alumni, students, family, and friends to join us for our annual crab feast picnic and student send-off in beautiful Patapsco State Park! Crab Feast tickets include crabs, hot dogs, and hamburgers as well as soft drinks and adult beverages. A picnic ticket is available for those who prefer not to eat crabs. Bring your outdoor games and challenge your fellow Baltimore Hokies to a friendly game. We’ll also have door prizes and a silent auction. Please bring your own crab knives and mallets. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Baltimore Chapter Scholarship Fund. The cost for the crab feast is $45 for alumni, alumni spouse or date, and $50 non-alumni/non-student guests. Guests that do not want the crab will cost $25. Children 8-14 are $15. Children 8 and under are free.
    • Park entry fee is $2 per person, senior citizens with a park pass are free
    • State law requires that you be 21 years old to be served alcohol, please have a valid ID.
    • Glass bottles are not allowed inside the park.
    • No brown bags or take-away, all food must be eaten on-premises.
  • RSVP: Click here to register by Aug. 9
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  • Date: Aug. 11
  • Location: North Cary Park, 1100 Norwell Blvd., Cary, NC 27513
  • Details: Join us to welcome to the newest additions to the Hokie family! The Triangle Hokies Alumni Chapter will be hosting an end-of-summer picnic on Sunday, August 11th, that is open to all. The chapter will be providing sandwiches and tea/lemonade. There is no cost to this event and we only ask that you bring a side dish or dessert to share. Incoming students, current Hokies, all alumni, and families are welcome to attend!
  • RSVP: If you plan to attend, please fill out this brief Google form to let us know you're officially coming and what dish you'll be bringing.
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  • Date: Aug. 11
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Details: The Orange County Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association is hosting a beach bonfire and BBQ to acquaint new and current students and families from the OC with our local support group. Come help us provide a proper send-off to the next generation of Hokies. Students, parents, friends and alumni are welcome!
    Cost information: This is a potluck event. Your price of admission is to bring a side dish, snack, beverage and/or dessert. Please include in your RSVP the nature of your contribution.
  • Contact: Chris Young at cyoung@vt.edu
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  • Date: Aug. 11
  • Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Location:
    Kohler Park, 1013 Horsham Road, Ambler, PA 19002
  • Details: Join us for a potluck welcoming Virginia Tech's newest Hokies! Come meet the Class of 2023 and their families, current students, alumni and their families from the greater Philadelphia Region. Please bring an item to share. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Incoming freshmen have free admission! Tickets can be purchased in advance here or with cash at the park.
  • RSVP: Please complete this short survey or email us at philadelphia.hokies@gmail.com stating how many will be attending and which item you will be bringing.
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