logo: 50 years in the NCR Virginia Tech Graduate School in maroon and orange

"From its humble beginnings in 1969 in a Reston farmhouse with two resident faculty members, a part-time staff, and 65 students, our graduate programs in Northern Virginia have grown to nearly 800 master’s and doctoral students at seven area locations. Virginia Tech has become an important part of the Northern Virginia community and a catalyst for advancing its knowledge economy.

"This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of offering graduate education in the National Capital Region. This exciting milestone provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the growth and successes we have enjoyed in the past while, at the same time, looking forward and sharing our vision for the impacts that Virginia Tech will have in Northern Virginia in the decades to come." ~ Virginia Tech Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril R. Clarke.

On April 23, Virginia Tech will celebrate 50 years of graduate education in the National Capital Region with a celebration at the university's Falls Church campus from 6-7:30 p.m.

The campus is located at 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, Virginia.

Panel Discussion

A panel of graduate alumni and faculty, led by WESTECH International, Inc. founder, president, and CEO Betty Chao (Ph.D., 1983), will discuss entrepreneurship, innovation and graduate education at 4 p.m. Alumni, current students, staff, faculty and administrators are welcome to attend.

Building tours

Tours of the Northern Virginia Center will begin at 5:15 p.m. and resume after the short evening program.

Evening reception

At 6 p.m., the university will host a reception in a tent on the campus site. Tours of the campus will be available and refreshments will be served.

A short program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Speakers include Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw, Associate Graduate School Dean and Director of the Northern Virginia Center Kenneth Wong, and Betty Chao. 


Event parking is available on site.

Public transportation

The Northern Virginia Center is adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station on the Orange Line. The elevator at the West Falls Church station is out of service, so individuals who need to use an elevator are asked to take the train to the East Falls Church station, where they can take a shuttle to the West Falls Church station. 

Bus to Northern Virginia Center from Blacksburg campus

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Graduate Education in the National Capital Region, Virginia Tech is sponsoring a special run of the Campus Connect bus so that more people from Blacksburg can participate in this event. The bus will leave the parking lot of the Inn at Virginia Tech at about noon on April 23 and arrive at the Northern Virginia Center at Falls Church about 4 p.m. For the return trip, the bus will leave the Northern Virginia Center at 8:15 p.m. and arrive at the Inn at Virginia Tech at about 12:45 a.m.

Use this form to request a seat on the Campus Connect bus.  Requests are filled on a first come-first served basis, but may be limited based on demand and available space.  Only VT community members can submit a request.  Submitting this form does not confirm a seat for you. Someone from the Graduate School will be in touch with you about the status of your request.  There is no charge for this trip, but please do not request a space unless you are sure that you can travel, because we want to open this option to as many people as possible.


Register for this celebratory event.

VT Graduate School, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church

Virginia Tech's Falls Church Northern Virginia Center houses several graduate programs

Register now and let us know you'll join us for this celebration!