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

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

Please review and print the Conference Program.






Wednesday, April 25th

9:00am to 5:00pm

Conference Registration Open

James River Foyer


11:00am to 1:00pm

Lunch – On Your Own



1:15 to 2:30pm

Welcome & Keynote

James River Salon D


2:45 to 3:45pm

Breakout Sessions

James River Salon A/B, Potomac Salon E/F


2:30 to 6:30pm

Exhibitor Fair

James River Foyer


3:45 to 5:00pm

Hotel/Conference Check-In/Break



5:30 to 6:15pm

Newcomer’s Event

James River Foyer


6:15 to 7:00pm

President’s Reception

James River Foyer


7:00 to 8:00pm

Welcome Dinner & Awards

James River Salon C



Hospitality Suite Opens

Room 321/319

Thursday, April 26th

8:00 to 9:00am


James River Foyer


8:00am to 4:00pm

Exhibitor Fair

James River Foyer


8:30am to 1:00pm

Conference Registration Open

James River Foyer


9:15 to 10:15am

Breakout Sessions

James River Salon A/B, Potomac Salon E/F


10:15 to 10:30am

Snack Break

James River Foyer


10:30 to 11:30am

Breakout Sessions

James River Salon A/B, Potomac Salon E/F


11:45am to 1:00pm

Lunch & Business Meeting

James River Salon C


1:10 to 2:30pm


James River Salon C


2:40 to 3:10pm

Roundtables – Pick 1 @ 30 minutes each

James River Salon C


3:10 to 4:00pm


James River Foyer


4:00 to 6:00pm

Happy Hour/Employer Meet & Greet

Atrium or Pool Deck



Dinner – On Your Own




Hospitality Suite Opens

Room 319/321

Friday, April 27th

8:00 to 8:30am

Hotel Check-Out



8:30 to 9:30am


James River Salon C


9:30 to 10:30am

VACE Roundtables/Closing

James River Salon C


10:30 to 11:30am

College Panel for Employers

James River Salon C


10:30am to 1:00pm

Employer Site Visits for Colleges




Conference Call for Programs

Our Call for Programs is Closed! Please keep an eye out for announcements for our 2018 programs.

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. Be mindful that conference room rates are available only to those attending the conference for one or more days.  Please call 1-800-THE-OMNI or click here  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 is OPEN. Please send your nominations to Scott Robert at [email protected] 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. Please be sure to review our Conference Polices and Procedures. Questions about your registration? Please email [email protected]

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