BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSLS) — A group of soon-to-be Virginia Tech graduates is surprised graduation is one week away.
“Now it’s all kinda coming to a close, so it’s sad now because these past four years flew by,” said Steve Lomaka.
The Lomaka siblings say it feels like just yesterday they moved from Richmond to campus in 2012, making history as the university’s first set of quadruplets to enroll. The foursome, separated by four minutes include the oldest, Greg, majoring in statistics in the College of Science; followed by Steve, majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business; then Chris, majoring in building construction and real estate in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; and lastly Kate, majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. They say being together helped ease the transition.
“Coming to college and bringing half your family with you, like literally half our family is here, that’s been easy to not get homesick,” explained Greg.
“Having three other people to bounce ideas off of or talk to while you’re transitioning through anything is always a good idea,” said Chris. “So it was definitely nice.”
They walk their own paths, rarely bumping into each other on campus, but always making it a point to meet every week.
“Brunch at noon usually worked for all four of our schedules and Virginia Tech has awesome food,” said Kate, noting one brother had a hard time waking before 11 a.m.
It will be more challenging to get together after graduation when the siblings each go their separate ways.
Chris will move to Honolulu, Hawaii to work as a field engineer for Hensel Phelps. Kate will attend Virginia Commonwealth University’s physical therapy program in Richmond. Greg will have a year-long internship in Cardiff, Wales before working as an international pricing analyst with Elephant Insurance. Steve will work as a business technology analyst at Deloitte Consulting in Arlington.
“Once we actually move in June or July it’s really going to hit home that, okay, we’re not all going to the same place together anymore,” said Greg. “So it’s going to be different.”
Different, but doable for siblings who grew up in a supportive family and never left each others side before going to college, but continued to grow while at Virginia Tech.
“It’s gonna be really nice to see us grow more as people now that we don’t have that safety net around us,” said Chris.
The Lomaka siblings say they’ve developed a connection over the last 22 years.
“Knowing that we’ve formed such a strong connection not just as siblings coming in, but taking the time to see him and these guys as friends too, I know that our bond is going to hold strong,” said Kate.
Virginia Tech’s graduation is Friday, May 13 at 8:30 a.m.