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The purpose of the sesquicentennial project is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Virginia Tech, work with partners to plan and implement the celebrations, and engage audiences with events and content that honor our past, celebrate our present, and propel us to the future. 

About Sesquicentennial Planners

The Sesquicentennial Steering Committee provides oversight of the planning. Five specialized work groups — Academic, Communication, Engagement, Products & Projects, and Operations & Events — were formed to develop the celebration. Membership includes faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

Sesquicentennial Steering Committee

Left: Members of the Corps of Cadets perform drills on the Drillfield. Right: Students traverse the Drillfield to their classes (2019).

The Sesquicentennial Steering Committee is responsible for the overall strategy and timeline for the sesquicentennial. 

Sesquicentennial Work Groups

Left: Mildred Tasch and Myrtle Kelly test corn for moisture (c. 1950). Right: Undergraduate student Kumel Weldegebriel conducts work in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Biochemistry Lab (2020).

The academic work group develops the cross-cutting themes for sesquicentennial planning and programs.

Left: Photographer on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus (c. 1932). Right: Mobile Journalist Ray Meese carries his camera for snowy photos (2018).

The communication work group raises visibility of the sesquicentennial to broad public and extended internal audiences.

Left: An AREC demonstration of weighing and packaging hybrid corn seed for shipment (1947). Right: Miss America Camilla Schrier, a Virginia Tech alumna, performs a science demonstration at Moss Arts Center (2019).

The engagement work group identifies audiences and engages them in sesquicentennial celebrations across the university's communities and locations.

Left: A Virginia Tech Baja car is tested in the Duck Pond waters (1988). Right: Dean Julia Ross takes a Baja car out for a spin on the Drillfield (2019).

The products and projects work group, comprised of creatives and producers, partners with teams that are creating content for the sesquicentennial.

Students enjoy each other's company at the first Ring Dance (1934). Members of the Corps of Cadets pose for a photo during Ring Dance (2018).

The operations and events work group is responsible for the strategic approach for sesquicentennial-related events.