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Staff Appreciation Day

Each year, Virginia Tech celebrates the hard work and dedication of its more than 4,300 staff and wage employees. The first Staff Appreciation Day was held in 1993 and historically is held in May on the Wednesday following the university's commencement ceremonies.

Hosted by the President's Office and the Division of Human Resources.

2021 Staff Appreciation Day update

Unfortunately, to continue to protect our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic and follow social distancing guidelines in place, we cannot host an in-person celebration this year.

While this year’s event will not be held, we again want to thank our valued employees for their dedication to our university and the campus community.

Please direct any questions to the HR Service Center at or 540-231-9331.

2020 Staff Appreciation Day

Because of the Governor’s Executive Order 55, Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the associated public health requirements, the Office of the President and Division of Human Resources have announced this year’s event has been cancelled.

2019 Staff Appreciation Day

Staff Appreciation Day was held May 22 in Owens Hall. All staff, non-student wage employees, and emergency hires were invited to participate.

Employees toured campus facilities, viewed demonstrations, competed in friendly competitions, and enjoyed the company of other fellow employees.

View the photos taken last year.  View the video created.

2018 Staff Appreciation Day

Staff Appreciation was held on May 16 in Owens Hall, marking the 25th anniversary of the celebration.  

Employees enjoyed a barbeque lunch, competed at the ever-popular bingo and Fabulous Feud Team Competition, and played some giant versions of popular games inside Owens. Not letting a little rain stop them, employees also participated in a horseshoe tournament and tours all across campus. 

Thank you to our staff for your service and dedication to our university! We appreciate the work you do each and every day. 

Check out the video and photos below!

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