2016 Black Alumni Reunion

A Silver and Gold Celebration:
Treasuring the Legacy of Black Graduates
at Virginia Tech

April 21 - 24, 2016, Blacksburg, VA

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Call for Award Nominations

We are accepting nominations for the Influential Black Alumni Awards to be presented during the 2016 Black Alumni Reunion. This is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of our black alumni who have made a difference! Visit our Award Nomination Information for more information and award categories.

Seeking Alumni Artists

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association seeks alumni artists to display one to three works of art in the Holtzman Alumni Center for the 2016 Black Alumni Art Show. Work will be showcased from January to May, 2016.  Eligible art must be hung with small nails or hooks-no anchors are allowed. For safety and security reasons, nothing is allowed to sit on the ground.  Artists need to be able to hang their own work with assistance from the building manager, Jay Whitlow, if needed.

Artists will need to provide the following:

  • A signed release form (for security purposes)
  • Digital images of their work for pre-approval
  • A short bio which will be included on a public handout.

The handout will include the artist bio, the name of the show, and a list of work with prices. The Alumni Association does not charge any commission for work that is sold. All shows include an opening wine and cheese reception, usually held during the first two weeks of display. If you are interested in displaying your work, please contact Jay Whitlow at jowhitl4@exchange.vt.edu or Latanya Walker, at latanya@vt.edu.

Weekend events include:

  • Black Cultural Center 25th Anniversary Reception
  • Alumni Golf and Basketball
  • Student/Alumni Networking
  • Friday Hillcrest, NUF and Cochran Reception
  • Spring Game Tailgate
  • Alumni Awards Ceremony
  • Gala and Jazz Lounge
  • Spiritual Celebration
  • And more!

2016 Black Alumni Reunion Schedule (PDF | 520KB)

Registration is $150 per person.

With such an amazing weekend planned, there will never be a dull moment. Follow our two Twitter accounts @DARDI_VT and @VTBlackAlumni.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Toyota Financial Services 

  • Alumni Insurance Program

For more information about the reunion or becoming a sponsor, contact Latanya Walker at latanya@vt.edu.


Planning has begun for the 2016 Black Alumni Reunion. Your reunion chairs are alumni Ellis Savage '80, Lisa Ellison '86 and Wayne Robinson '80. The success of this reunion depends on the input and efforts of alumni like you. 

Descriptions of general committee responsibilities are below. Committee chairs are responsible for scheduling committee meetings, ensuring the completion of necessary steps for events/responsibilities and reporting to the Reunion Coordinating Committee (RCC) during RCC meetings. Committee members will be expected to participate in monthly conference calls as needed, to determine a plan of action and next steps. Members may also need to plan time to meet in-person, during or prior to the reunion, in order to rehearse or adequately prepare for reunion events. There will be a committee meeting on the Friday preceding the Black Alumni Summit.

Communications Committee - Juanisha Brooks has agreed to chair this committee. Those students and alumni working with Juanisha will be responsible for coordinating with university administration to develop a marketing and communications plan for flyers, blog posts, official announcements, tweets and other mediums.

Programming Committee - Cynthia Graddy has agreed to chair this committee. This committee will be responsible for determining the overall agenda for the reunion, along with creating the itinerary and reunion programs.

Awards Ceremony Committee - Lisa Thaxton has agreed to chair this committee. Through the chair, this committee will work with university administration to plan the awards ceremony, including venue and menu selection, program creation, awards ceremony schedule and script, and selection of speaker and master of ceremonies.

Gala Celebration committee – Duston Scarborough has agreed to chair this committee.  This committee will work on planning the music and party events of both the dance room and the alumni jazz lounge.

Sponsorships and Giveaways  Committee - Ellis Savage has agreed to chair this committee. The cost of the last reunion was approximately $18,000. While 20% of costs were covered by corporate and university sponsorships, the remaining costs were passed on to attendees. The work of this committee will be to seek and solicit enough donations, to make the reunion financially accessible to as many alumni as possible. In addition, committee members will be expected to solicit potential donations for volunteer and speaker gifts and giveaways.

Student/Alumni Networking Committee - Deseria Creighton-Barney has agreed to chair this committee. This committee will be responsible for working with university administration and students to plan the student/alumni networking event.

Sunday Spiritual Celebration Committee – Wayne Robinson has agreed to chair this event. Committee members will be responsible for developing the program.


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