Aidan Simmons, Coach Shafer, and Valor Boyd at the USIBA boxing tournament.

VMI Boxing Club Fights Hard

Cadets found success in multiple bouts at the 2023 USIBA National Tournament. Congratulations to Aidan Simmons '23 and Valor Boyd '24 who were crowned champions in their divisions, and to Joe Shafer, recognized as the Coach of the Tournament. Boyd was also recognized as Best Male Boxer of the Tournament with his undefeated record of 7-0.

VMI Community Updates

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

  • Information for May graduation events is now available. Find schedules and livestream links where applicable.
  • Calling all appointed students! Get a head start on your VMI journey by enrolling in the Summer Transition Program (STP). Enrolling in STP allows you to come to post early, meet others getting ready to start their first year at VMI, get one course completed ahead of fall semester, and start to build friendships that will last a lifetime. Registration is now open.
  • Interested in attending VMI but unable to plan a trip to Lexington to attend an in-person open house? Find a local open house near you to speak with VMI staff, current cadets, and local alumni about the benefits of a VMI education.
  • A public notice for the April 27-29 VMI Board of Visitors Meeting has been posted.
  • Let's Go Keydets! Get your gear to show your support for VMI's cadet-athletes and find all team schedules at

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

River and trees along Chessie Trail, owned by Virginia Military Institute.

Did you know?

The Chessie Nature Trail was recently ranked as the #3 Best Recreational Trail in the US by USA Today. This seven-mile, year-round public access walking trail between Lexington and Buena Vista follows parts of the old canal towpath of the Maury River. Learn more about the trail, its history, and plants and wildlife in the area at 

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VMI Pistol Makes History at Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals

For the first time in history, Virginia Military Institute Club Pistol Team attended the Scholastic Action Shooting Program Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals.

Boonshoft Part of With Good Reason Segment

Lt. Col. Mark Boonshoft, associate professor in the history department at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss the literacy tests that denied many Black Americans the right to vote during Jim Crow on the public radio program, "With Good Reason," March 18-24.

VMI Ethics Team Competes in National Competition

The two-day, multi-institutional collegiate competition included 36 teams. During the preliminary round, VMI scored three wins beating teams from the United States Military Academy West Point, Rollins College, and William & Mary.

VMI Theatre Presents “The Odd Couple”

The VMI Theatre will present Neil Simon’s comedy classic, “The Odd Couple” on Thursday, March 23 - Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. in Gillis Theater. 

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