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. With ceremonies held for Commissioning and Commencement, Graduation celebrates the achievements and excellence of all aspects of a cadetship at VMI.

December 2023 Events

Please note, any changes to this schedule will be posted to this page if and when they become necessary, and will also be noted on the VMI homepage.


Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Thursday, December 21, 2023

  • 8 a.m. - Post is open to parents and other visitors. No access to post prior to 8 a.m. will be permitted without a valid VMI identification card.
  • 9:30 a.m. Memorial Hall opens to the parents and guests. 
  • 11 a.m. - Commencement, Memorial Hall

VMI has implemented a clear bag policy for all major events which limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into Memorial Hall. Only clear tote bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", or one-gallon plastic freezer bags.  Small handheld clutch purses no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" will be permitted. Cameras and smartphones are permitted to be carried into VMI facilities. 

This information is subject to change, check this site frequently for updated information. All activities occur at VMI.

No tailgating is permitted on post from 20-21 December.


VMI Diplomas


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. Details, including FAQs, are available.

Ceremony Info

Hats from military branches used during December Commissioning


This ceremony, in which the new Officers take their commissioning oaths, marks the end of a four-year journey of education, training, and self-discovery and the beginning of a journey of military service. 

ROTC Details

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two companies VMI deals with when ordering announcements:  

Tickets are not required for December Commissioning and Commencement. We do ask that families have no more than 10 guests.

Casual business attire is appropriate for all events.

Restrooms are located in Foster Stadium, Memorial Hall and Lejeune Hall (located at the end of Third Barracks.)




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