Long before words like “delta” and “omicron” insinuated their way into everyday conversation, the Alumni Association began thinking about how we could engage alumni beyond in-person events. While live gatherings were the norm at the time, we realized the growing importance of a UVA-specific, online alumni network.

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And thank goodness we did. Two years later, and nearly two years into a pandemic that has made the virtual world a part of our lives, the Alumni Association has built a robust and growing community on the online platform of Wahoo Connect.

Through Wahoo Connect, alumni can search our alumni directory, connect with fellow alumni individually as well as through shared interest groups, and access resources to develop and enrich their careers. Think of Wahoo Connect as your digital front door—premiere entree to UVA alumni communities past, present and future.

To the thousands of alumni who are returning users of Wahoo Connect, thank you. You have been part of a bold and exciting experiment, and we hope you continue to find the connections and resources valuable. For those of you who have not yet explored the platform, I hope you will consider logging on. Whether you are looking to reconnect with a classmate, join one of our Alumni Professional Networks, scan our alumni job board for new possibilities or offer mentorship to other alumni, Wahoo Connect has something to offer.

This new resource for online networking doesn’t replace the UVA Alumni Association’s renowned lineup of in-person events. It complements it. Just this fall, we hosted our biggest Young Alumni Reunions ever, selling out our outdoor venue. As I write this, we’re getting ready for this spring’s much-anticipated Black Alumni Weekend. And stay tuned for details on June’s Class Reunions. For each of these and other Alumni Association events, Wahoo Connect can help you get the most out of the experience. Use it to coordinate plans with friends beforehand or to follow up afterward with new contacts you made in Charlottesville.

Wahoo Connect is just one example of how the Alumni Association continues to innovate, to improve services to meet your needs and, in all things, to deepen your connection to UVA and one another. See for yourself, by connecting to WahooConnect.com.


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Lily West (Darden ’12)
President & CEO