Never settle for ordinary. No ordinary college, no ordinary life.

The Virginia Military Institute believes that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. Established in 1839, VMI has shaped leaders and individuals whose daily lives reflect the integrity, fairness, and appreciation for the value of work that is instilled here.

Since 1839, VMI has shaped leaders and individuals whose daily lives reflect the integrity, fairness, and appreciation for the value of work that is instilled here.

VMI Community Updates

Institute leadership continues to communicate important information for cadets, their families, faculty & staff, and the VMI community at-large:

  • With the holiday season upon us and the soon to be starting the Spring semester, this is the busiest times for sending letters/packages to cadets. Friends and families are strongly encouraged to review information for contacting cadets to ensure letters, cards, and packages arrive safely.
  • VMI and its museums will be participating in and hosting a variety of upcoming holiday events.
  • Get a glimpse at life on post and how VMI truly is "No Ordinary College" in the latest featured stories. Topics include Naval ROTC, dining services, equestrian club, and more. Interested in attending VMI and want a closer look at the Institute? Spring 2024 open house dates have been set, and registration is open.
  • Men's basketball will be in action throughout December, and during winter furlough. A full schedule and ticket information for home games in Cameron Hall are available from VMI Athletics.
  • The latest Institute Report has been released. This is the 50th anniversary of the Institute Report! Check out stories on Founder's Day, Ring Figure and more.

  VMI Community: To receive important information concerning emergencies, weather, traffic, and parking, text the word "Keydet" to 772-95.

Diplomas and poinsettias set up in Memorial Hall for December graduation ceremonies.

December Graduation Event Info

Graduation at the Virginia Military Institute is an exciting time for cadets, family, faculty, staff, and the VMI community to celebrate the achievements of 1st class cadets as they complete their journey at the Institute. The Joint ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The speaker for this event will be MG Christopher C. LaNeve, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army. Commencement will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023 at 11 a.m., Memorial Hall, with the address given by Mr. John Adams.

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News from Post

New VMI Psych Class Studies Risk in Youth

Cadets taking this new course study risk factors that youth can face, and how those risks manifest in the physical body, particularly the brain. Cadets also learn to identify conditions that safeguard against risk, and examine programs and policies that focus on positive youth development.

VMI Events for the Holiday Season

The Institute will host and participate in a variety of holiday-themed events in November and December, on post, at our museums, and in Lexington and Richmond. Come celebrate the season with VMI!

VMI Class of 2025 Celebrates Ring Figure

The custom of 2nd Class cadets receiving the class ring was established in 1907, and the addition of the Ring Figure dance started in 1927 with the Class of 1928. On Friday, Nov. 17, cadets received their individualized rings in Cameron Hall.

VMI Celebrates Founders Day, Honors Alumnus

VMI held events to commemorate Founders Day - a snowy day, Nov. 11, 1839, when the first cadets arrived to relieve the guard at what had been a state arsenal. Since then, VMI has remained committed to educating and developing honorable leaders of tomorrow through its unique system.

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