VACE Annual Conference 


Why Should You Attend?

Here's what attendees had to say about past conferences...

"I thought it was the best conference I have been to! I think a lot of it has to do with the ability to network and discuss. One of the breakouts I went to dealt with the changing face of career services, and because the facilitators made it a discussion session it was extremely valuable."
"Thanks so much for all that everyone did to make this such a great conference!"
"As always, the networking opportunities were great!"
"Loved the Best Practices Exchange. I really enjoyed it as my first visit to VACE!"
"Overall, this networking is the best part of VACE."
"This was one of the best conferences I've been to. It was so well organized and flowed so well. The thought that went into the activities and the value added by participating in those activities was stellar. Really enjoyed the dinner and reception afterwards. It's nice that we share our professional knowledge and bond as friends and colleagues as well."
"After attending the conference I am definitely considering volunteering for one of the committees."

VACE 2018: A Capital Event

April 25-27, 2018

2018 Conference Registration: 


Conference Registration

Exhibitor Fair Registration

President's Dinner Only Registration 


Registration Type Rate

Member Only - Early Bird - Ending February 1, 2018!


Member Only - Regular Rate - Starting February 2, 2018!

Student $115
Non-Member $385
One Day $200
Exhibitor Fair  $100 (additional - billed to one member of your team)
President's Dinner Only  $100


*Non-Members it is more cost effective to become a member and register to attend the conference.

($75 + $275 = $350)

*NOTE: The last day to receive a refund if you can no longer attend the conference is March 1, 2018. 

Conference Details:

*We have not released the 2018 Conference Schedule, please review last year's schedule for an idea of what to expect.*

Note: The Conference Schedule is subject to change.  For travel purposes VACE will be providing 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner. 






Wednesday, April 26th

9:00am to 5:00pm

Conference Registration Open

Colonnade Lobby


11:00am to 1:00pm

Lunch – On Your Own



1:15pm to 2:30pm

Welcome & Opening Keynote (Eric Pearson)

Grand Ballroom East 


2:45pm to 3:45pm 

Breakout Sessions up to 4

Lexington/Chesapeake/Mt. Vernon/Ballroom East 


3:45pm to 5:00pm

Hotel/Conference Check-in



5:30pm to 6:15pm 

Newcomer’s Reception

Crystal Room 



President’s Reception

Crystal Room




Empire Room




Empire Room



Hospitality Suite Opens

 Room 1106

Thursday, April 27th

8:00am to 9:00am

Plated Breakfast

Grand Ballroom West 


8:00am to 9:00am

Director’s Think Tank/Breakfast

Grand Ballroom West


8:30am to 1:00pm

Conference Registration Open

Colonnade Lobby



Breakout Sessions  up to 4

Lexington/Chesapeake/Mt. Vernon/Ballroom East


 10:15am to 10:30am

Beverage Break

Ballroom Foyer


 10:30am to 11:30am

Breakout Sessions up to 4

Lexington/Chesapeake/Mt. Vernon/Ballroom East  


 11:45am to 1:00pm

Lunch & Business Meeting

Grand Ballroom West 


1:10pm to 2:30pm 

Surprise Teambuilding Activity!

 Grand Ballroom East


2:40pm to 3:10pm 

Roundtables – Pick 1 at 30 minutes each



3:10pm to 4:00pm  

Break—Afternoon Tea

The Homestead Lobby


4:30pm to 5:30pm 

Yard Games/Happy Hour/Committee Meet & Greet

Homestead Lawn/Inside Rain Location



Dinner – On Your Own




Hospitality Suite Opens

 Room 1106

Friday, April 28th

8:00am to 8:30am

Hotel Check-Out



8:30am to 9:30am

Breakfast/Employer Fair

Commonwealth Room 


9:30am to 10:00am

Hotel Check-Out



10:00am to 10:30am

Roundtables – Pick 1 at 30 minutes each

 Commonwealth Room


10:30am to 12:00pm

Employer Panel & Conference Closing

Commonwealth Room



Conference Call for Programs

Our Call for Programs is currently closed. To explore the breakout sessions for the 2017 Conference please click here.

Exhibitor Fair   

We invite your organization to participate as an exhibitor at Annual Conference. This will give your business the perfect venue to showcase your company, services, or products for the college/university career development and college student recruitment members.  To learn more about our Exhibitor Fair please click here


The conference will be held at the Omni Richmond. The conference room rate is $159 for double or single rooms per night plus resort fees and parking. Be mindful that conference room rates are available only to those attending the conference for one or more days.  Please call 804-344-7000 to reserve your room today! Please be sure to book your room by April 3, 2018 to take advantage of the VACE Rate!


The nomination period for our annual awards has closed. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our members with you during the Awards Dinner on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at the Richmond Omni. To register to attend the President's Dinner ONLY please click here.


Help Sponsor the Conference

Employers and colleges are encouraged to sponsor an event, a meal, break, etc. to show support for the organization. A variety of sponsorship options are available to meet your organization’s needs. See our Sponsorship page for more information.

Conference Planning Committee:

Contact Jennifer Weeks or Ashley Crute Conference Co-Chairs, if you have any questions. Questions about your registration? Please email

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