Commencement Ceremony

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.

For commencement, the Class of 2020 will be invited back to Post as the centerpiece of our December graduation ceremony on 19 December 2020 (tentative) in Cameron Hall. This ceremony will be given all the pomp and circumstance, speakers, awards, and publicity associated with our May ceremony. Our cadets deserve to be recognized as do the family and friends who have supported them through the years, and we will make it a splendid celebration. Understanding that some graduating 1st Class cadets will not be able to join us in December due to military and job obligations, graduates of the Class of 2020 will also be most welcome to participate in the May 2021 commencement exercise. We will work with the armed services and employers to encourage their attendance at this December 2020 graduation ceremony. VMI will mail diplomas upon final grades and graduate certification. Official transcripts will be available through established protocols with the Registrar. 


December Information:

Thursday, December 10, Reading Day 

Friday - Wednesday, December 11-16, Exams

Saturday, December 19, December Graduation

Wednesday (CAD), December 16, Christmas Furlough begins

 
Cadets must ensure they have fulfilled all financial obligations with the Comptroller's office in order to graduate. The Commandant's Office will issue detailed guidance concerning the clearance of Barracks and accountability of Institute property.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

  • 8 a.m. - Post is open to parents and other visitors. No access to post before 8 a.m. will be permitted without a valid VMI identification card.
  • 11 a.m. - Commencement, Cameron 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 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 other bags, gift bags, packages, briefcases, backpacks, noisemakers, balloons, or luggage will be allowed in the facilities during the December Commencement Exercise.

No tailgating is permitted on post for this event. 

Anticipate heavy traffic. Parking is planned to be available on the Parade Ground. However, in the event of inclement weather, alternate parking may be necessary. Check the website for alerts or additional information.

Shuttle service will run continuously from Moody Hall to Cameron Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and following the ceremony.

Cameron Hall will open at 9:30 a.m. Arrive in time to be seated by 10:45 a.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to space constraints and security reasons, coolers, backpacks, and baskets are not allowed at any commencement ceremony. Strollers must be able to be folded and out of the aisles. All carry-in items are subject to search at the door.

Wheelchair seating is available. Handicap drop-off is immediately in front of Cameron Hall. Contact the Chief of Staff's Office at chiefofstaff@vmi.edu for handicap seating needs.

Graduation Speakers

  • Commencement Address - TBD
  • President of the Class of 2020 - Cadet Samuel Trepp '20
  • Valedictorian - To be announced

 

There are two companies VMI deals with when ordering announcements:  

Commencement Ceremonies in Cameron Hall are open to the public.

Which events are open to the public? All events are open to the public, except the Superintendent's Reception.

Casual business attire is appropriate for all events.

Commissioning and Commencement Ceremonies

Parking on post will be in parking lots and in designated parking spots along streets. 

On the morning of Commencement, the area in front of Barracks will be closed to traffic until the conclusion of the commencement ceremony.  Vehicles will be allowed in that area afterward to allow cadets to move their belongings out of Barracks.

Inclement Weather Parking

If inclement weather makes parking on the Parade Ground impractical, additional parking may be found throughout post in designated parking areas.

Parking in Walking Distance

Other City Parking - On weekends, there are no time limits for parking on the street or in city parking lots. Contact the Lexington Visitor Center for more information.

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.

You may also call 1-800-321-4256.