Tuesday, May 14, 2019
- 11 a.m. - Institute Awards, Cameron Hall
- 2:30 p.m. - Cadet Change of Command/Graduation Parade, Parade Ground
- 7 p.m. - Baccalaureate, Jackson Memorial Hall
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
- 9 a.m. - Joint Commissioning, Cameron Hall
- 2 p.m. - New Market Ceremony and Parade, Parade Ground
- 4 p.m. - Superintendent’s Reception for Class of 2019 graduates, parents, and guests
- 7:30 p.m. - Glee Club/Band Concert, Jackson Memorial Hall
Thursday, May 16, 2019
- 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.
- 11 a.m. - Commencement, Cameron Hall (Ticket Holders only) The ceremony will be simulcast in our Gillis Theater (Marshall Hall) for those individuals without a ticket.
VMI has implemented a clear bag policy for all major events which limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into Cameron 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. Attendees may carry other items allowed into Cameron Hall including cameras and smartphones. 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 May 14 to 16.
There are two companies VMI deals with when ordering announcements:
- Balfour - http://www.cbgrad.com/school/VMI
- Herff Jones - https://www.herffjones.com/schools/college/45005140000/
The only event that requires tickets is Commencement.
Graduating cadets receive a certain number of tickets from the Office of the Chief of Staff. These tickets will be handed out a week in April. For cadets requesting additional tickets, it is recommended that they first ask their Class Officers for any unused tickets. This is the most effective way of identifying unused tickets and redistributing them. The Class Officers are arranging an "excess ticket turn in" system. Additionally, there will be a ticket turn in and pick-up booth outside of Cameron Hall on the morning of graduation. Family members who do not use all of their tickets may turn them in, and those who need additional tickets may get them on a first come, first served basis. On the morning of graduation, there will be a booth where families generally turn in extra tickets, but we can not guarantee there will be availability.
Commencement Ceremonies in Cameron Hall are restricted to guests of the graduating class. However, the simulcast viewing of the event in Marshall Hall (Gillis Theater) is open to the public.
Which events are open to the public? All events are open to the public, except the Superintendent's Reception and Commencement.
Limited seating is available for many of the events so we encourage guests to arrive early. For additional information, please contact the Chief of Staff's office at 540-464-7104.
Handicapped seating is available for commencement events. A reserved area for persons with a walking disability or those using a wheelchair is available. Due to the large number attending and the limited space, seating is available for the person who needs the special seating and one accompanying guest or attendant. No individuals will be permitted down in the specialized seating area in Cameron Hall unless they are on the list. Please contact the Chief of Staff's office at firstname.lastname@example.org to make necessary arrangements.
Let us know of your needs as far in advance as possible. We can not guarantee special seating requests made 72 hours prior to the ceremony.
There are designated handicap parking slots across Post but please advise your family members and guests that parking is limited and it is available on a first-come, first served basis so please plan arrival times accordingly.
Casual business attire is appropriate for all events.
Refreshments for the public? Refreshments are available in the Keydet Kanteen located in Lejeune Hall / Third Barracks. There will also be refreshments outside of Cameron Hall on the morning of graduation for a fee.
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. Please enter access code VMIG19.
You may also call 1-800-321-4256.