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Virginia Tech turns 150

Our Sesquicentennial Celebration

From July 2021 through December 2022, Virginia Tech is marking the 150th anniversary of its founding with ongoing celebrations that will extend across the commonwealth, nation, and world.

Celebrating 150 years of impact since our founding in 1872

We are honoring our past and celebrating our present. Our Sesquicentennial Celebration is an opportunity to propel us into the future, charting a course toward greater engagement and positive impact.

Our vision for the future

The sesquicentennial will advance our Beyond Boundaries vision. Three themes illustrate the vision: showing what we do, how we do it, and why. They reflect the land-grant mission of the university.

  • Solve Problems: We respond to current problems and conduct research to discover answers to emerging questions. Our faculty, students, and professionals collaborate with communities to identify and address problems that affect the human condition.
  • Expand Knowledge: Teaching and learning are integral to our land-grant identity. We develop and share knowledge using a variety of methods. Some are tried-and-true. Others are at the leading edge of experiential  learning approaches.
  • Create and Engage Communities: The Hokie nation is broad and diverse. It includes students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the university’s donors, partners, and friends. The Cooperative Extension network and other researchers serve citizens of the Commonwealth and offer assistance across the U.S. and around the world.

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