In 2018, the Graduate School held its first summer conference focused on graduate education at the Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus. Themed as "Creating a place and a place for graduate education," the event drew representatives from 30 institutions. The conference featured break-out sessions, interactive keynote presentations and plenty of networking and idea swapping. One of the highlights was an after-dinner presentation by Virginia Tech current and former graduate students, who gave three-minute "nutshell" talks about their experiences and the insights they gained.
The second conference will be held June 19-20, 2019 at the Graduate Life Center.