"Ut Prosim" - The Virginia Tech motto "That I May Serve", adopted in 1896.
The Skipper - The cannon heard during VT football games and around campus since 1964.
Burruss Hall - Built in 1936, it serves as the current administrative building whose namesake was
former University President Julian Ashby Burruss, who served a 26 year tenure, the longest of any
Lane Hall - The oldest academic building still in use on the Virginia Tech Campus. It opened in 1888 as‘No. 1 Barracks’ and housed 150 cadets.
1872 - Founded in 1872, Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Virginia Tech is now a
comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia.
Torgersen Bridge - This landmark serves as a gateway to the University and also serves as a bridge
between Torgersen Hall and Newman Library.
American Flag - A symbol of our nat ion’s liberty and strength, "Old Glory" flies proudly on the Virginia
Tech campus. The seven raised stars on the flag commemorate and honor those alumni who have
received the Medal of Honor.
Virginia Commonwealth Flag - Virginia Tech proudly stands as the Commonwealth’s
Screaming Eagle - A symbol that originated from the first class ring which featured twin eagles,
representing the virtues of strength and freedom.
Flaming VT - A Homecoming pep rally tradition and a symbol of Hotel Company and VTCC.
University Seal - The seal symbolizes the agricultural and mechanical beginnings of Virginia Tech.
The seal was created in 1896 and officially adopted in 1963.
Corp of Cadets Seal - The Corps was the first unit outside of the Army to receive a formal grant for
a Coat of Arms from the Army Institute of Heraldry. The seal was designed in 1965 by Colonel Harry D.
"We Will Prevail" - A line quoted from University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni in the poem
"We Are Virginia Tech" read at the Convocation on April 17, 2007.
Crossed Sabres - A traditional element of the ring's design which represents the command presence
of a military officer.
The Pylons - Originally conceived as a World War II memorial. Inscribed
on its eight pylons are the names of the alumni and students who died in
combat during military service. The pylons themselves represent the
character traits of Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty,
Duty, and Ut Prosim.
The Cenotaph - A large granite memorial, bearing the names of the
university ’s Medal of Honor recipients. VPI is second only to West Point
and the Navel Academy in its number of Medal of Honor recipients.
CXXXV - The Class of 2009 is the 135th class to graduate from