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Student Send-Offs

Alumni gather at a picnic table to pose for a photo during a summertime student sendoff

Virginia Tech alumni chapters across the country will host Student Send-Offs to welcome the Class of 2026. 

The parties will be held throughout the summer and 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 hosting send-offs.

Check back soon for more details. 

  • Date: Sunday, June 26
  • Time: 5 p.m.
  • Location: River Rock Amphitheater at Jackson River Sports Complex, 870 W. Edgemont Drive, Covington, VA 24426
  • Details: Food will be provided by the chapter.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP/Contact: Kathleen All at sandkall@aol.com.
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  • Date: Sunday, July 31
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: 15 Romar Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
  • Details: Bring a dish to share. Barbeque and drinks will be provided.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: To RSVP, please email AnnapolisVTAA@gmail.com
  • Contact: AnnapolisVTAA@gmail.com
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  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 6    **Please note, the postcard had the incorrect date. Aug. 6 is the correct date**
  • Time: 2:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Patapsco Valley State Park - Pickall Area, 8125 Johnnycake Road Woodlawn, MD 21244
  • Details: Join alumni, current students, incoming students, and their families to get to know each other and learn more about Virginia Tech before heading to Blacksburg this fall.
  • Registration Fee and RSVP information: Check the website for details.
  • Contact: For questions, please contact bmorehokies@gmail.com.
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  • Date: Saturday, June 18
  • Time: 3–5 p.m.
  • Location: Adams Ricci Park, Citizens Pavilion, 100 E. Penn Drive, Enola, PA 17025
  • Details: Join alumni, current students, incoming students, and their families to get to know each other and learn more about Virginia Tech before heading to Blacksburg this fall.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register here by Friday, June 17
  • Contact: Heather Weeks at centralpahokies@gmail.com
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  • Date: Sunday, June 26
  • Time: Noon–4 p.m.
  • Location: 4153 Colonel Vanderhorst Circle, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
  • Details: Please join us for a poolside send-off party at the Johnson residence with a scenic view of the Wando River. This is an event for both the families of all our alumni and the current students attending Virginia Tech. We will provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages; please BYOB. Current students and their families are also welcome to join us at no cost. Live music performance by a local band included!
  • Registration Fee: $10 per adult to cover the cost of food and drinks (children and Virginia Tech students free). All proceeds and additional donations will go toward our scholarship fund.
  • RSVP: Register here by Sunday, June 19
  • Contact: Caroline Johnson at chj1021@vt.edu
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  • Date: Wednesday, June 8
  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: Timberwood Grill, 3311 Worth Crossing, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Details: Currently limited to 30 attendees.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register online by Friday, June 3
  • Contact: Martin Harar at martin.j.harar@ml.com
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  • Date: Sunday, July 31
  • Time: 1–3 p.m.
  • Location: Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Details: For incoming students plus one guest. Lunch provided, summer casual attire.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP/Contact: RSVP by July 25 to Tracey Beck at lakeforesthokie@gmail.com.
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  • Date: Sunday, June 26
  • Time: 3:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Quarry Bluff Shelter at Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140
  • Details: Please plan to join fellow Hokie alumni, current students, future students, family, and friends at the Quarry Bluff Shelter at Lake Isabella in Loveland as we celebrate the summer and welcome/send off the newest batch of Hokies to Blacksburg. We'll provide smoked pork, buns, BBQ sauce, water, and paper products. Please bring your own beverages if you prefer something other than water and a small dish to share. Or if you prefer to bring your own meal that is OK too! The entrance to the park is free, let them know at the gate that you are attending the Virginia Tech event. Please let us know that you are planning to attend and feel free to reach out with any questions.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register here by Sunday, June 12
  • Contact: Ryan Eifert at cincyhokies@gmail.com
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  • ****This is a new date/time/location-- the original picnic was postponed due to extreme heat***
  • Date: Saturday, August 6
  • Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Bon Air Park (850 N Lexington Street, Arlington, VA 22205)
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • Contact: Please contact secretary@ncrhokies.org with any questions.
  • Date: Sunday, June 12
  • Time: 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: 3713 Amherst, Dallas, TX 75225
  • Details: Congratulations on your High School graduation! We are thrilled that you will be attending Virginia Tech this fall and joining the Hokie Nation! In order to send you off with Hokie spirit and support, we invite you to join us at our Student Send-Off. Incoming first year students like you, current DFW area Virginia Tech students and families, and alumni will gather to encourage you and answer any questions you might have about life and education at Virginia Tech. It's a family event, so please bring your parents. Even if you cannot attend, please let us know what contact information, if any, you’d liked share with fellow incoming first year students from our area.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register here or email your RSVP to dfwhokies@gmail.com by Sunday, June 5.
  • Contact: Please contact us at dfwhokies@gmail.com with any questions
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  • Date: Sunday, June 12
  • Time: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Barking Rose Brewing Company and Farm, 9057 Old Culpeper Road, Warrenton, VA 20186
  • Details: New and current Virginia Tech students, alumni, families, and friends are invited! You will also have a chance to win a Virginia Tech Scholarship. To enter raffle RSVP by June 5. You must be either a Fauquier County student or a current Virginia Tech student from Fauquier County. Barking Rose brews available for purchase (21 and older, no outside alcohol permitted), as well as food truck items for purchase. Snacks, giveaways, silent auction, corn hole, and more! Visit our website for details and to RSVP.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register here by Sunday, June 5
  • Chapter Information
  • Date: Sunday, June 19
  • Time: 1–4 p.m.
  • Location: Pavillion 1, Glasgow Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702
  • Details: First State Hokies will welcome the incoming Class of 2026 Hokies and their families.
  • Registration Fee: Virginia Tech Students and 2022 Graduates are free. The cost for non-students 11 and older is $9.
  • RSVP: Register here by Tuesday, June 14.
  • Contact: delawarehokie@gmail.com
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  • Date: Sunday, June 5
  • Time: 2–4 p.m.
  • Location: Knights of Pythias Lodge 22, 330 Wallace Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
  • Details: It’s time to welcome the Virginia Tech Class of 2026! Join your fellow Hokies for our annual picnic and student send-off. We plan to meet at the Fredericksburg Knights of Pythias lodge to have a cookout, enjoy the start of summer, and connect with fellow Hokies in the area. The funds raised at the event will help support scholarships for local high school seniors entering Virginia Tech. In fact, we will be holding a drawing for a $500 scholarship for the recent graduates in attendance planning to enroll at Virginia Tech in the fall. Please register to attend so we can keep track of numbers. Help us welcome the newest members of Hokie Nation! We'll be sending out updates on pricing and event details through our social media and email: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our website.
  • Registration Fee:  Fees and payment options can be viewed here.
  • RSVP: Tuesday, May 31
  • Contact: Addison Pock at apock89@vt.edu
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  • Date: Thursday, June 23
  • Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Triad Park, Shelter 4, 9652 E. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC 27284
  • Details: Join us in welcoming the Virginia Tech Class of 2026 at our annual Student Send-Off picnic! We will recognize our 2022 scholarship recipients and give our best wishes to current and newly enrolled students from the area before they head off to Blacksburg for the fall semester.
  • Registration Fee: Price TBD. The cost to attend covers catered dinner with any leftover funds going directly toward our future scholarship fund. Admission is free for students enrolled at Virginia Tech and children under 8.
  • RSVP: Register here by Thursday, June 16
  • Contact: Thomas Doorn at thomasd579@gmail.com
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  • Date: Sunday, July 17
  • Time: 1–3 p.m.
  • Location: Will be provided when you RSVP.
  • Details: Join the Nashville Hokies in welcoming the Class of 2026!
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP/Contact: RSVP to Jill at jheyman03@yahoo.com.
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  • Date: Sunday, June 12
  • Time: 2–5 p.m.
  • Location: Loantaka Brook Park, 139 Kitchell Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
  • Details: Come meet fellow New Jersey Hokies and future classmates at an outdoor picnic celebration with Jersey Mikes Subs, activities and lots of Hokie Spirit!
  • Registration Fee: $15 per person
  • RSVP: Register here
  • Contact: Theda Blackwood - contact through the registration link
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  • Date: Saturday, June 25
  • Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium, 1889 W. Pembroke Ave., Hampton, VA 23661
  • Details: Join the Peninsula Hokies in welcoming the Class of 2026. We will provide water and iced tea. Feel free to bring other beverages of your choosing. We will also provide some snacks and dessert.
  • Registration Fee: A $5 donation to help cover the cost. All proceeds and additional gifts will benefit our scholarship fund.
  • RSVP: Register here by Thursday, June 16
  • Contact: Louise Schaeffler at weaze@vt.edu
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  • Date: Sunday, June 26
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Location: Kohler Park, 1013 Horsham Road, Ambler, PA 19002
  • Details: Meet at the pavilion!
  • Registration Fee: $10 for adults, $5 for children, Virginia Tech students are free.
  • RSVP: Register here by Wednesday, June 22
  • Contact: Greg Zesinger at phillyhokie@gmail.com
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  • Date: Saturday, June 25
  • Time: 4–6 p.m.
  • Location: Flagstaff Hill, PA
  • Details: Come celebrate the summer with fellow Hokies and send off the new Hokie class is style. We will be grilling. Please bring a side dish if you are able.
  • Registration Fee: Free
  • RSVP: Register here or via email at tanya.muecke@gmail.com.
  • Contact: Tanya Muecke at tanya.muecke@gmail.com.
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  •  Date: Saturday, June 4
  •  Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Location: Robious Landing Park, Shelter 1, 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
  • RSVP: Register here
  • Details: Join the Richmond Hokies for a picnic to welcome the incoming Class of 2026. Food will be provided. We encourage incoming students, their families, and alumni to come out in their orange and maroon!
  • Date: Saturday, June 18
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, 5757 US-90 W., San Antonio, TX 78227
  • Details: Let's send our incoming students off in style while celebrating 150 years of the Hokie Nation! Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.
  • Registration Fee: $35 includes your ticket, all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, fajitas, nachos, and beverages (including beer). Also includes snacks, beverages, and beer through the seventh inning. Kids 12 and under are $15. Fireworks after the game. You can Venmo or Paypal @ctcbryan. Be sure to let them know how many tickets in the comment. They'll reach back out to confirm.
  • RSVP: RSVP by June 15. You can RSVP by paying for the tickets via Venmo or Paypal @ctcbryan.
  • Contact: vtaasa@gmail.com.
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  • Date: Saturday, June 25
  • Time: 1–6 p.m.
  • Location: Ann Arbor
  • Details: Student send-off and alumni picnic. Bring a dish to pass, BYOB, bring lawn games, and wear Hokie colors! The chapter will provide water, juice, soda, and snacks.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register here by Tuesday, May 31
  • Contact: Shankar Narayanan at shankarhokie@gmail.com
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  • Date: Wednesday, Aug. 3
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: 313 Franklin - Cocktails and Kitchen, 313 Franklin St., South Hill, VA 23970
  • Details: Enjoy dinner and special guest associate professor Alfred Wicks.
  • Registration Fee: $25. Free for new students for the 2022 school year plus two guests. 
  • RSVP/Contact: RSVP by July 24 to Frank Turner at frank_r_turner@hotmail.com or 434-676-3233; Beverley Hawthorne at bhawthorne@ci.emporia.va.us or 434-917-9966; or John D. Clary at jdchokie@verizon.net or 804-731-2515.
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  • Date: Saturday, July 16
  • Time: 4–7 p.m.
  • Location: Gene 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 send-off 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.   
  • Registration Fee: Dinner price is $50 per person (Tech students and kids 12 and under are FREE). The price includes all food and drink. Mail checks payable to VTAA Tideneck Chapter, P.O. Box 373, Tappahannock, VA  22560.
  • RSVP:  July 7
  • Contact: Ronnie Gill at rgill@colonialfarmcredit.com or call 804-445-3447
  • Date: Sunday, May 22
  • Time: 4–7 p.m.
  • Location: ShoreBreak Pizza and TapHouse, 2941 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • Contact: Chris Jennings at vthokie96@cox.net
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  • Date: Sunday, June 12
  • Time: 4–7 p.m.
  • Location: White Bank Park, 400 White Bank Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
  • Details: Join us as your new Hokie gets ready to begin their entrance to Hokie Nation! And if you are a current or graduated Hokie, we would love to have YOU join us too! We will have outdoor games to play and maybe an ice-breaker or two!
  • Registration Fee: $12 per person.
  • RSVP: Register here by Tuesday, May 31
  • Contact: Julie Smart Koob at 804-836-6874 or onevthoki@gmail.com
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  • Date: Sunday, June 5
  • Time: 6–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: North Cary Park Picnic Shelter, 1100 Norwell Blvd., Cary, NC 27513
  • Details: Local high school seniors are invited to meet fellow Hokies before heading to Blacksburg in August to start their first year.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register here by Thursday, June 2
  • Contact: John Musaus at 919-280-4606 or jmusaus@gmail.com
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  • Date: Thursday, June 23
  • Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Location: Center Street Grill, 5101 Center St., Williamsburg, VA 23188
  • Details: Williamsburg Virginia Tech Alumni will be welcome the incoming Class of 2026 Hokies and their families.
  • Registration Fee: Free.
  • RSVP: Register here by Tuesday, June 7
  • Contact: Hugh Newton at hughnewtonretired@gmail.com
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