Commencement Week 2014

All Activities Occur on VMI Post

Cadet Clearance to Graduate

Cadets must ensure they have fulfilled all financial obligations with the Comptroller's office in order to graduate. The office of the Comptroller is located on the 300 level of Smith Hall.

The Commandant's Office will issue detailed guidance concerning clearance of Barracks and accountability of Institute property.

 Wednesday, 14 May

  • 11:00 a.m. - Institute Awards Ceremony, Cameron Hall
  • 2:30 p.m. - Cadet Change of Command/Graduation Parade, Parade Ground
  • 8:00 p.m. - Baccalaureate, Jackson Memorial Hall

 Thursday, 15 May

  • 9:00 a.m. - Joint ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Cameron Hall
  • 2:00 p.m. - New Market Ceremony and Parade - VMI Parade Ground, Lexington, Va.
  • 4:30 p.m. - Superintendent’s Reception for Class of 2014 graduates, parents and guests
  • 7:30 p.m. - Glee Club/Band Concert, Jackson Memorial Hall

 Friday, 16 May

  • 11:00 a.m. - Commencement, Cameron Hall (Ticket Holders only)

This information is subject to change, please check this site frequently for updated information.

Institute Awards is a ceremony at which faculty, staff and cadets receive awards for distinguished teaching, service, military, coaching, and scholarship. It is held in Cameron Hall, and is open to the public. The entire Corps attends this ceremony. 

Change of Command and Graduation Parade is a parade in which next year’s cadet leadership take their post and the graduating class is honored.  The event is open to the public.  In the event of inclement weather, Change of Command will be held in Cocke Hall. 

The Baccalaureate Ceremony honors the graduating class. Col. James S. Park, Chaplain to the Corps of Cadets, presides over this ceremony. It is open to parents, other family members and friends.

The Joint Commissioning Ceremony is for graduating cadets who receive their military commissions. This event is held in Cameron Hall. It is open to cadet families and friends.  The entire Corps attends this ceremony.  Following the formal oath ceremony, each ROTC component will conduct individual "pin on" ceremonies in designated areas on VMI Post in accordance with their service traditions.

The New Market Parade and Ceremony honors the VMI cadets who fought at the 15 May 1864 Battle of New Market. Six of the ten cadets killed as a result of the battle are buried at VMI. Crowd control is necessary during this event and visitors should arrive early to view the parade. General seating on the VMI Post Parade Ground is restricted to certain areas due to the nature of the ceremony.  There is no parking allowed on Letcher Avenue on this day. Once the ceremony starts, we ask that spectators remain in place until the end of the parade. The area in front of the statue of Virginia Mourning Her Dead is restricted.  No one will be allowed to walk in this area during the ceremony and parade.

The Superintendent’s Reception is hosted by the Superintendent (GEN and Mrs. J.H. Binford Peay III) in Moody Hall in honor of the First Class Cadets. First Class parents, families and friends are invited to attend with their cadet.

The VMI Glee Club and “The Commanders” Jazz Ensemble will perform and this event is open to the public with free admission. 

All attending Commencement are reminded that tickets are required. Each graduating cadet will receive a certain number of complimentary tickets for family and friends. Shuttle Service will be available between Moody Hall and Cameron Hall for those attending Commencement.  There will be a ticket turn in booth outside Cameron Hall for those who have extra tickets.  These tickets are then redistributed to those who need an extra ticket on a first come, first served basis.  We also anticipate simulcasting this event in the Gillis Theater of the Center for Leadership and Ethics on Post.