Matriculants will be divided into two groups with one group arriving on Saturday, 15 August and the second group arriving on Sunday, 16 August. Matriculants will be notified via their VMI email of the date and time to report.
Saturday, August 15
7:00 a.m. – Matriculation for new cadet-athletes and international cadets that are already on Post
Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16
Parents should give their cadets spending money, credit cards, checkbooks, etc. prior to arriving at Cameron Hall for the beginning of the Superintendent's Welcome ceremony at 3:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Matriculation
New cadets and their two escorts arrive at VMI and are directed to the parade ground for parking. From the time they exit their vehicles until matriculation concludes, face coverings are worn by all participants. Matriculants and their guests will be directed to the central health screening tent located on the parade ground. Here, temperature checks and symptom screening will occur for both the incoming cadets and the family and/or friends that are accompanying them. Once screened and cleared, the cadets will be issued four additional cloth face coverings, a wrist band for themselves, and their two guests, and the group of three will be directed to Cameron Hall. Patrons without a wrist band will not be permitted into Cameron Hall or CPTF.
In Cameron Hall, each family unit will be socially distanced and asked to wait until they are called by name to the Corps Physical Training Facility (CPTF) next door. The normal seating capacity of Cameron Hall is ~5,000. While waiting, they have the opportunity – and are encouraged – to conduct uniform fitting and issue. There will be upper-class VMI cadets available to explain the process and assist.
Once called and escorted to the CPTF, each party will be met by VMI admissions to complete any remaining administrative paperwork. After finishing with admissions, they will be escorted to the upper-level track around which the matriculating stations will be established. They will be directed along a well-marked route that ensures proper social distancing and will not move to the next station until directed to do so.
Depending on the time available between completing the matriculation process and the Superintendent’s welcome remarks, there are a number of items Matriculants should complete.
- Uniform Fitting and Issue - If unable to complete uniform measuring and issue while waiting to be called to the CPTF, new cadets will be directed to return to the initial uniform measuring and issue point in Cameron Hall to complete that process.
- Matriculation Fair - New cadets and their family/friends will then move from Cameron Hall to Cocke Hall (gymnasium) to visit the Matriculation Fair.
- Barracks Check-In - Following the Matriculation Fair, new cadets will be directed to move their personal effects into their assigned rooms in the VMI barracks. Only one parent will be permitted to accompany the incoming cadet to carry his/her luggage into barracks.
- Lunch - Lunch opportunities will be available at locations to be determined. Tickets for boxed lunches will be sold at the Parent Council Tent.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Matriculation Fair, Cocke Hall
Various VMI agencies, local bankers, local ministers, and representatives from several other organizations will be present from the VMI community.
Following Matriculation and the Matriculation Fair, new cadets will proceed to barracks for check-in. After unloading luggage, cars must immediately be moved from in front of barracks to designated parking on the Parade Ground (weather dependent), prior to checking into barracks. There will be individuals to point you in the correct direction. All luggage should be marked with the full name of the new cadet. New cadets and parents should unload luggage in the front of barracks at the designated arch. All luggage must be taken to assigned rooms in barracks before 2:30 p.m. Cadet escorts will be provided to answer questions and guide new cadets to the designated room but will not assist in carrying incoming cadets luggage. Cadets are reminded to keep one set of civilian clothes in their luggage to be stored at VMI. It is recommended that these clothes be suitable for milder weather and to wear off post, as cadets may not need them until later in the semester. Parents should give their cadets spending money, credit cards, checkbooks, etc. prior to departing to Cameron Hall for the Superintendent’s Welcome. These items should be left in the Barracks room and not brought to Cameron Hall, as the new cadets cannot carry items when they depart Cameron Hall. New cadets are not authorized to have food in barracks. Nonperishable items will be placed in the trunk room until after administrative training.
3:00 p.m. – Superintendent’s Welcome & Cadet Oath in Cameron Hall
New cadets and their families will be welcomed by VMI's Superintendent, General J.H. Binford Peay, III '62, and introduced to key personnel. New cadets leave their families following the ceremony to begin their training.
Cadets should change into athletic uniforms after lunch. They are required to be in their athletic uniform with a name tag for the 3:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Welcome in Cameron Hall.
3:30 p.m - March Up, Cameron Hall
New cadets leave their families and are formed into companies inside Cameron Hall to begin their training period. Family and friends may stay to watch the march off in Cameron Hall.
4:00 p.m. - Finish
Once the new cadets are marched into the barracks, the Matriculation ceremony has ended and they will be taken to their assigned rooms by cadet upperclassmen to begin the administrative processes, Rats will not be introduced to Cadre until later in the week.
Friends and family members are not allowed in barracks after the March Up.