Celebration of Chemistry

Davidson Hall, after several years of renovation, will be opening in late summer 2018. The department would like to take the reopening as an opportunity to bring alumni and friends together for a unique weekend celebrating its achievements thus far and the future accomplishments to come.

The Celebration of Chemistry will be held over the course of a weekend in late October, and will include a variety of family-friendly activities including tours of the new Davidson Hall and a Chemical Illusions show, hosted by the Virginia Tech chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates.

All chemistry alumni, from Bachelor's graduates to Doctoral recipients, and their families are invited to attend.


October 19–20th, 2018


Online registration is available here


Early Bird Rate (until August 31st) $40
Regular Rate (after September 1st) $50
Children under age 18 Free
Graduate Students* Free

*Graduate Students includes both current Department of Chemistry graduate students as well as those who received their bachelor's degree from the department and are now enrolled in a graduate/professional degree program at another institution. 

Lodging Information

The Department has reserved 3 lodging blocks for the Celebration. Rooms are available on a first come-first serve basis.

Inn at Virginia Tech, 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA, 540-231-8000, $145/night 
Please access this link to book your room - Chemistry Alumni Reunion - IAVT

Hilton Garden Inn, 900 Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA, 540-552-5005 $119/night
Please access this link to book your room - Chemistry Alumni Reunion - HGI

Hyatt Place, 650 University City Boulevard, Blacksburg, VA 540-739-3598, $108/night
Please access this link to book your room - Chemistry Alumni Reunion - Hyatt

Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 19th
Friday Night Social
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sinkland Farms
Join us for an evening of fun and dancing at a social event on Friday evening. Local food trucks and Sinkland Farms Brewery beer will be available for purchase and live music from 3 Minute Lovin will be playing all night long. Shuttles between Sinkland Farms and The Inn at Virginia Tech will be available in 30 minute intervals. Current VT Graduate Students are invited to attend.

Saturday, October 20th

Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
The morning session will start with a breakfast of Carol Lee donuts and coffee and include Hokie Talks, tours of the newly renovated Davidson Hall, and glass blowing demonstrations for those who signed up (registration for glass blowing is now full).

Lunch in Davidson Hall
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Davidson Hall Rm 281
A boxed lunch will be provided.

Afternoon Session
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Afternoon activities will offer a variety of options that include an admissions session for prospective students, an in-depth tour of Moss Arts Center, and walking tours of campus. 

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A formal dinner at The Inn at Virginia Tech celebrating the past, present and future of the department.