Commencement is the culmination of four years of study at the Institute. The walk across the stage during this ceremony is a moment every graduate remembers.
Cadets must ensure they have fulfilled all financial obligations with the Comptroller's office in order to graduate. The Commandant's Office will issue detailed guidance concerning clearance of Barracks and accountability of Institute property.
The doors to Jackson Memorial Hall will open at 9:30 a.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Due to space constraints and security reasons, coolers, backpacks and baskets are not allowed at any commencement ceremony location. Strollers must be able to be folded and out of the aisles. All carry-in items are subject to search at the door.
Please anticipate heavy traffic so you and your family should plan accordingly. Please be seated by 10:45 a.m.
The Superintendent will host a light reception for all graduates and family and friends in Moody Hall immediately following the ceremony in Jackson Memorial Hall.
Thursday, December 14, Reading Day
Friday - Wednesday, December 15-20, Exams
Wednesday, December 20, December Graduation
Wednesday (CAD), December 20, Christmas Furlough begins
Printed Programs: A limited number of printed programs are available at the entrances to the seating area.
There are two companies VMI deals with when ordering announcements:
Tickets are not required for the December Commencement Ceremony or Commissioning.
Commencement Ceremonies in Jackson Memorial Hall is open to the public.
Which events are open to the public? All events are open to the public, except the Superintendent's Reception.
Casual business attire is appropriate for all events.
Commissioning and Commencement Ceremonies
Parking will be allowed on the Parade Ground, weather permitting, for all activities. Signage will indicate when it is open. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.
Parking spaces may be found in the parking lots on Post behind academic buildings.
Please pay attention to the traffic pattern for the departure of cadets after Commencement. The area in front of Barracks will be congested with all of the cadets trying to depart at the same time. Vehicles should remain parked on the Parade Ground, when possible, and the cadet’s belongings carried to the vehicle. The VMI Police need your assistance and patience to ensure that the cadet departure is accomplished in the quickest and safest manner possible.
Inclement Weather Parking
If inclement weather makes parking on the Parade Ground impractical, additional parking may be found throughout post in designated parking areas.
Parking in Walking Distance
Other City Parking - On weekends, there are no time limits for parking on the street or in city parking lots. Contact the Lexington Visitor Center for more information.
Restrooms are located in J.M. Hall, Preston Library, Cameron Hall and Lejeune Hall (located at the end of Third Barracks.)
Graduation photos can be purchased from Candid Color Photography approximately ten days after graduation. Please visit their website at www.candidcolor.net.
You may also call 1-800-321-4256.