VMI Parents Orientation, 2020 Rat Mass

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Welcome Parents and Guardians!

We are delighted to welcome you to our very first online orientation presentation. Congratulations are once again in order to your children for being admitted to and selecting the prestigious program offered at Virginia Military Institute. These presentations and resources were created to provide valuable information as your family prepares for Matriculation and the beginning of an experience more complete and transformative than an ordinary college or university can provide and more versatile in its applications than a military service academy affords.

No other college in America is so attentive to and so proud of its product: citizen-soldiers prepared both for civilian leadership in their professions and for military leadership in times of national need. VMI graduates have made distinguished contributions both in the military and in fields as diverse as business, engineering, international affairs, medicine, and public policy, often at remarkably young ages. VMI’s multi-faceted program is designed to instill in each cadet the lifelong values of integrity, devotion to duty, self-discipline, and self-reliance.

If you have any remaining questions after this digital event, or would like more information about any of the topics presented, you can contact individual departments or contact the Admissions Team.

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Welcome from VMI's Superintendent, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay, III '62

"The path that they have chosen is not an easy one. It will challenge them. It will cause them to grow, and cause them to mature and strengthen their character."

✶ Note: The Parents Council Handbook referenced in this video is currently undergoing revision. It will be posted to the VMI website once updates for 2020-21 have been completed.

General J.H. Binford Peay, III was born in Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1962. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery, awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and the Institute’s prestigious Society of Cincinnati Medal. As a cadet, he was a quarterback on the football team, a member of the Honor Court, and a Battalion Commander. He holds a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University and is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.

Military awards and decorations that General Peay has received include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He wears U.S. campaign ribbons for combat duty in Vietnam (seven campaigns) and Saudi Arabia (three campaigns), and has received foreign awards from Vietnam, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Academic Overview

Brig. Gen. Robert W. Moreschi, Ph.D.

Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty

The VMI Academic Program educates cadets in a rigorous academic environment that encourages life-long learning and develops citizens of character who anticipate, respond, and lead in a complex and changing world.


A Message from the Commandant

Col. William Wanovich '87

Commandant of Cadets

"VMI prepares cadets to be whatever they resolve to be. The challenges encourage the development of the total person for success at VMI and in life. The individual growth over the four-year journey distinguishes VMI graduates from those of other colleges and universities. It's a tough journey but one well worth taking."


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Preparing for Matriculation

Col. Jamie Inman ’86

Chief of Staff

VMI will conduct matriculation for the inbound class of 2024 in a manner that not only ensures the health and safety of our newest cadets but also their family and the entire VMI community. Matriculants will be divided into two groups with one group arriving on Saturday, 15 August and the second group arriving on Sunday, 16 August and will be notified via their VMI email of the date and time to report.

Many details about matriculation have been recently updated on the VMI website. Most notably, we encourage families to review the Schedule of Events page as this explains not only the order of events, but also locations, and specific processes to address social distancing and precautionary measures.

VMI Infirmary

The VMI Infirmary offers all the services usually found at a private doctor's office in addition to needs specific to VMI. The VMI Infirmary is open and staffed by a nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the regular academic year.

There is no extra charge to visit the infirmary or see the nurse or doctor. Many medications are dispensed at no charge. Lab tests ordered or appointments off Post will be the responsibility of the cadet.

Visit https://www.vmi.edu/infirmary/ for more information on services, forms, and policies.

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Cadet Accounting

Cadet Accounting (the Bursar's Office) handles all facets of cadet payments, invoicing and billing. Visit our webpage for payment plan information, payment due dates, late fees, the tutorial on setting up bill payer in Post View, and more.


Financial Aid

Virginia Military Institute considers its financial aid program an investment in its cadets' futures and works to provide assistance to students who without such aid would be unable to attend and provide aid to cadets with superior academic abilities.


Center for Cadet Counseling

The Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC) offers a range of services designed to develop awareness, values, knowledge and skills necessary for Cadets to make healthy choices, meet future challenges and lead meaningful lives. Services include health and wellness programs, individual assessment and counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation. Cadet Health and Wellness services and programs encourage cadets to strive for balance and well-being through various education, prevention, and awareness activities. Topics of interest to Cadets include maintaining emotional wellness, stress management, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, and building healthy relationships. Staff at the CCC view Cadets from a strength-based perspective and routinely encourage Cadets to develop resiliency skills to help them bounce back more quickly from adversity and the rigors of the VMI system. Counseling services are free and confidential and conducted by licensed mental health professionals.

For more information, please call 540-464-7667 or visit our website: http://www.vmi.edu/counseling

Disability Services

The Office of Disabilities Services is committed to meeting ethical and legal responsibilities to ensure equitable educational access to cadets with documented disabilities. We support the academic success, personal growth and development of life and leadership skills for cadets in a manner that promotes self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy. ODS also serves as a resource to the VMI community to encourage awareness and understanding regarding disability issues in higher education.

Cadets with documented disabilities are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Director of ODS as early as possible to allow adequate time for review of documentation, to allow for a thorough assessment of academic needs, and to familiarize new cadets with administrative procedures. For more information, please call (540-464-7667) or visit our website at: http://www.vmi.edu/ds

Parents Council Overview

The Parents Council provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and information between parents, cadets and Institute officials.

It also creates an organization to formulate and administer plans and projects; brings the parents of cadets into closer association with VMI; aids in the growth and development of the VMI Foundation; and assists the Institute in providing for the welfare and development of the cadets. Members of the Council are selected from parents of cadets in the upper three classes.

The Parents Council is overseen by the President and the Vice President-Elect. There are three main committees on the Council: Activities, Communications and Recruiting.

✶ During Matriculation, the Parents Council will have a tent on the Parade Grounds. Even with everyone wearing PPE, you'll be able to recognize us with our red name badges!


Support Services

In addition to the programs listed above, VMI also offers proactive and innovative programs of academic support for cadets at all levels.

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Thank you for watching these digital presentations. Please be sure to visit www.vmi.edu/fall-2020 for updates and details about the fall semester. You can also follow VMI on social media for news, event updates, and to learn more about the Institute.