Virginia Tech Homecoming Traditions
It’s Homecoming Weekend at Virginia Tech, and Homecoming brings out traditions! These and others are described in the Virginia Tech website’s history pages.
Homecoming Football Game Ball Run
A continuous tradition since 1977. During the week of Homecoming, members of the VT Corps of Cadets Ranger Company run the game ball for 100 miles around campus, ending the run at the Friday evening Spirit Rally.
Another Spirit Rally feature, VT Corps of Cadets Hotel Company lights a flaming VT with a torch passed down through the years. The tradition originated in the mid-1960s, when cadets would soak rolls of toilet paper in kerosene, thread them onto a metal VT, light it, and run through campus picking up a pep rally crowd along the way.
Join in the following Virginia Tech Homecoming traditions, which are open to the public.
Cheerleaders, High Techs, Low Techs, VT Corps of Cadets Regimental Band, Homecoming Court, flaming VT, culmination of game ball run … and more!
Friday, Oct. 23
Graduate Life Center Lawn and Squires Student Center Area
6 p.m. – D.J. and Activities
7 p.m. – Rally begins
Open to All Hokies
Floats, music and more
Saturday, Oct. 24
Open to All
Deriek Crouse Memorial Run
A more recent tradition, the event is in memory of Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on campus in December 2011.
Sunday, Oct. 25
1.52-mile memorial run 9:15 a.m.
5K run 10 a.m.
Register at recsports.vt.edu
Proceeds benefit VA C.O.P.S.