Matriculation 2015 Events

Friday, 21 August

Parents Council Welcome Reception
Friday, 21 August 2015 in Marshall Hall from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The VMI Parents Council hosts a Pre-Matriculation Reception for parents of new cadets. Invitations are sent to the incoming cadets and their parents, who accept by returning a response card and pre-paying for the number attending. Tickets are sent directly to the parents.

The deadline for pre-paying for tickets, or canceling and receiving a refund, is 1 August 2015. COL Jeff Boobar, Superintendent’s Liaison to the Parents Council, is the coordinator for this event and he can be contacted for additional information at (540) 464-7072 or

Saturday, 22 August

NOTE:  Parents should give their cadets spending money, credit cards, checkbooks, etc. prior to going to Cameron Hall for the beginning of the 2:00 Superintendent's Welcome Ceremony.  

Matriculation Day
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Cameron Hall

Matriculation Fair
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Crozet Hall (Mess Hall - Top Floor)

Various VMI agencies, local bankers, local ministers and representatives from several other organizations will be present from the VMI community.  

Superintendent's Welcome
2:00 p.m. Cameron Hall

New cadets and their parents will be welcomed by VMI's Superintendent, General J.H. Binford Peay, III '62 and introduced to the Dean of Faculty, the Commandant of Cadets, the Co-President of the VMI Parents Council, and the Class Advisor. New cadets leave their families following the ceremony to begin their nine-day cadre period.

March Off
Approximately 2:30 p.m. Cameron Hall

New cadets leave their families and are formed into companies inside Cameron Hall to begin their nine day cadre training period. Family and friends may stay to watch the march off in Cameron Hall.

Finish for the day
3:00 p.m.

 No friends or family members are allowed in barracks after the 2:30 March Off in Cameron Hall. 

Two weeks after matriculation

New Cadet Oath Ceremony 
Sunday, 6 September, 11:00 a.m.
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market, VA.

New Cadets will take a historic tour and recite the Cadet Oath. They will charge across the battlefield exactly as the New Market cadets did on May 15, 1864.

Following the formal events, cadets will be able to enjoy a picnic lunch with their families and friends. If desired, box lunches can be ordered from the Parents Council Table at Matriculation.

Events conclude with a parade through town after lunch.  Cadets must return to Post on VMI buses, but will be able to sign out to spend time that evening with their parents in Lexington. All new cadets must return to Post no later than 10:00 p.m.

More information about the New Cadet Oath Ceremony and Parade