Homecoming, a longstanding tradition at Virginia Tech, is just days away.

Virginia Tech’s 90th annual homecoming week will take place Sept. 16-25, providing a time for Hokies and members of the Blacksburg community to take part in a variety of festivities that celebrate Hokie Spirit.

“Homecoming is an opportunity for many different members of the Hokie Nation to come together,” said Emily Mawyer, senior event planner and homecoming board advisor. “Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university are all invited to engage with one another throughout the week and remember what we all love most about this institution — the community.”

Voting for homecoming king and queen begins Sept. 19 at 12 a.m. Polls close Sept. 22 at 11:45 p.m. All voting takes place through GobblerConnect. Winners will be announced at halftime during the homecoming football game versus East Carolina on Sept. 24 in Lane Stadium.

Country superstar Hunter Hayes and guest Ryan Lafferty will be performing in the Burruss Hall auditorium Sept. 22. The concert is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Union. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. This concert is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the ticket office in Squires Student Center.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will welcome members of the Class of 1966 back to campus to celebrate their entrance into the Old Guard. Cadets will honor them with a pass in review as a part of their parade beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. The parade will take place on the Drillfield in front of Burruss Hall.

The Student Alumni Association will heighten Hokie pride on campus at the Homecoming Traditions Spirit Rally on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. on the Graduate Life Center lawn, located across from Squires Student Center.

The 2016 homecoming parade starts at 9 a.m. on Sept. 24, creating an atmosphere of excitement for the football game later that day. Registration to take part in the parade is open until Sept. 16 on GobblerConnect.            

Homecoming week will conclude with the remembrance of Officer Deriek W. Crouse at the University Bookstore’s Homecoming 5K. A 1.52-mile memorial run will begin at 9:15 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 10 a.m. To register for this event, visit the Department of Recreational Sports website.

For more information on homecoming events, including a campfire kickoff, Canstruction, Family Feud, and much more, visit the Virginia Tech homecoming website.         

Written by Hayley Paljug, of Radford, Virginia, a senior majoring in public relations in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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