University announces preliminary schedule for April 16, 2009: A Day of Remembrance

Cadets stand at the April 16 Memorial

Cadets stand at the April 16 Memorial

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 26, 2009 – The 18-person steering committee charged with the overall planning of on-campus activities to be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009, has established the preliminary schedule of public events to be held on the Virginia Tech campus that day.

Information on all events planned that day has not been finalized. Final event information will be available on the “April 16, 2009: A Day of Remembrance” website ( This website will be live and linked to the university homepage the week of March 9.

The events planned that day include

Specific information on all “expressions of remembrance” events will be posted to the “April 16, 2009: A Day of Remembrance” website, as they are finalized.

In January 2009, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger established a steering committee to guide the discussion on-campus activities to be held on April 16, 2009. The committee included students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members, plus students and family members directly affected by the tragedy. Provost Mark McNamee served as committee chair and Deborah A. Day, director of the Office of Recovery and Support, served as vice-chair.

“The committee met three times and explored a variety of ideas for the official university observances of the second year remembrance of the April 16, 2007, tragedy,” said McNamee. “The committee benefited greatly from the advice and support of the affected families and students. Many of the events are inspired by the activities held last year.”

“Several major decisions emerged by consensus from the committee’s deliberations and consultation with loved ones of those killed and survivors and their families, including the recommendation to cancel classes,” said McNamee. “The events will be simple and respectful, and opportunities will be provided for anyone who wishes to honor the memories of the victims.”

Although Virginia Tech will not hold classes on April 16, 2009, the university will be open. Faculty and staff will be offered as much flexibility as possible so they can participate in activities.