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Senior Class Gift
Attention all graduating seniors — have you made your Senior Class Gift yet? Here’s what to know about this tradition.

What will you give to help future Hokies?

Your Senior Class Gift is more than a donation - it’s a rite of passage that will help our university and future Hokies for years to come. It’s your first chance to support what you love about your alma mater and make a direct impact on and off campus. The campaign is about showing your love and appreciation for Virginia Tech by giving back and paying it forward.

Commemorate graduation and take the first step to becoming an involved alum; make a gift. You can give anything from $5 to $100, but those who donate $20.21 or more will receive a black and gray cord to wear at commencement and a collectable mug.

Why should you give?

You support what is most important to you — the college, department, club, organization, or program that has made a difference to your undergraduate experience. With more than 3,700 programs to choose from, you can personalize your gift and help whatever cause means the most to you. What better way to embody Ut Prosim than to give to the university that's given so much to you?

Are you ready to pitch in?

Making a gift is quick and easy. Give online or text “VT2021” to 51555. 

What is the Senior Class Gift Campaign?

Seniors are encouraged to make a gift to the university. It's the first step to becoming an involved alum and a way for your class to leave a legacy. All seniors are encouraged to give $20.21 or more to commemorate your graduation year, or a monthly recurring gift of $5. 

Why should I give?

It's an easy way to show your love and appreciation for Virginia Tech by giving back and paying it forward. A gift to Virginia Tech makes a difference in the lives of all current and future Hokies! By giving, you are showing your belief in the success of Virginia Tech, and saying thanks for all it has done for you. 

Where does my gift go?

The power of philanthropy is in your hands. Designate your gift to an area of Virginia Tech that you are passionate about: your student organization, in honor of a faculty member, your favorite athletics team, your academic department, the libraries, financial aid, and the list goes on and on! You get to choose what to support. 

Why does my gift matter?

Student and alumni participation in annual giving is a valuable measure of Hokie pride and satisfaction. It also plays a role in the university rankings and gifts provide the university with important financial support. Whatever you can give matters. In 2018, gifts between $1 and $100 totaled $1.53 million. Together small gifts have a tremendous impact. 

What about tuition?

Tuition and fees only support a portion of the educational costs. They count for about two-thirds of the cost of a college education. The rest is from state support and other sources. Gifts help make our university stronger, and make college more affordable for Hokies by allowing Virginia Tech to offer incoming students scholarships.

What is our goal?

We want 2,000 seniors to make a gift. We hope this gift is the first step to a lifetime of alumni involvement and giving.

How much should I give?

We recommend a gift of $20.21 to honor your senior class. But whether it’s $5 or $500, every gift counts! You can also make recurring gifts (as low as $5) and become part of the Pylon Society.

Made your gift but haven't received your cord or mug?

Graduation cord and mug pick up will occur at select times this semester to be communicaed near the time of distribution. Based on an abundance of caution and deep concern for the possible risk that assembling in crowded spaces creates, there will not be individualized pick up times. In choosing this regrettable but prudent step, we are in line with public health guidelines regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, as well as appropriate procedures determined by Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 Committee. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment these changes may have caused. 

What are the giving records?

The Class of 2020 exceeded expectations with over 1,100 seniors giving their Senior Class Gift, totaling 19% of the entire class. While many donors chose to give $5, the average gift size for all donors was $19.73.

How do I become involved in the Senior Class Gift Committee?

Contact Andrew Foiles, Assistant Director of Student and Young Alumni Engagement at

What about after we graduate?

Graduation isn't the end of your journey with Virginia Tech, just an important milestone. Making a gift is just the begninning of being involved in the alumni community. Learn how to stay involved.



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