2017-2018

Fireworks fill the sky on July 4 as visitors watch from the Parade Ground.

Horse Center, Not VMI, To Host July 4 Events

Events held in past years at the Institute, including a fireworks display and a balloon rally, will be held at the Virginia Horse Center.

A professor and cadet work in the chemistry lab.

Money Magazine Ranks VMI Highly

Virginia Military Institute ranked 24th among public colleges across the country in Money Magazine’s annual college rankings that were released today.

An image of Col. Jim Hentz seated in his office.

Hentz to Speak on With Good Reason

Col. Jim Hentz, professor of international studies at Virginia Military Institute, will speak on the public radio program With Good Reason the week of July 22-28.

A sign rerouting users of the Chessie Nature Trail.

Chessie Nature Trail Rerouted

The Chessie Nature Trail has been rerouted onto Old Buena Vista Road for a short distance near Route 11. The detour will be in place indefinitely on the trail.

Cadets look on as their professor teaches Arabic.

Forbes Ranks VMI for Alumni Earnings

Forbes, an American business magazine, has ranked VMI No. 11 on its list of “Top 25 Public Colleges with The Highest Earning Graduates” released on Wednesday.

Two cadets pause with VMI's dean at the Shepherd Symposium.

Shepherd Interns Engage in Service

Two VMI cadets—Caroline Wojtas ’19 and Seth Shank ’18—spent the summer gaining experience outside the classroom with organizations focused on alleviating poverty.

Cadets pose at the George Marshall Center in Paris.

‘Paris as the Classroom’

Ten cadets traveled to the French capital as part of a VMI-sponsored summer study program, French Language & Culture in Paris.

Ben Cross smiles after receiving his diploma in May 2013.

Taps—First Lt. Benjamin Cross ’13

Marine 1st Lt. Benjamin Cross ’13 is presumed dead along with two other Marines after his MV-22 Osprey crashed off the northeast coast of Australia Saturday.

A map of Virginia showing stages of the Eclipse.

Partial Eclipse Coming to Lexington

Though Lexington is not in the path of totality, if the skies are clear, local viewers can still expect an impressive show during the partial eclipse Aug. 21.

An aerial image of Tangier Island

Boese to Speak on With Good Reason

Anthony Boese, an instructor in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies will speak on the implications of rising sea levels Aug. 12-18.

Capt. Katie Gorman and Bethany King '18 perform a VO2 max test on a study participant.

What is the Caloric Cost of the Rat Line?

For her senior capstone project, Bethany King ’18 is studying the caloric cost of the Rat Line under the guidance of Capt. Katherine Gorman of the physical education department.

Cadets march up Main Street towards VMI

504 Matriculants Enter the Rat Line

The 504 matriculants hail from 34 different states and four foreign countries, with 60 percent coming from Virginia.

Cadet Hannah Gillan Poses with a group of students in Vietnam.

Army Cadets Train across the Globe

Army ROTC sent 150 3rd Class cadets to Army ROTC Advanced Camp and 65 1st Class and 2nd Class cadets to Basic Camp, in addition to specialized training schools.

A cadet and a researcher work with a block of aluminum.

Cadets Contribute to Defense Development at Aberdeen

Several cadets majoring in mechanical engineering have participated this year in projects designed to improve today's military.

Bob Woodruff

Woodruff to Speak at VMI Convocation

Television journalist Bob Woodruff will speak at Virginia Military Institute’s academic convocation, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. in Cameron Hall.

New Cadets to Take Oath Sunday

New cadets will learn about VMI’s heritage in a program held in New Market and will have three opportunities to visit with family throughout the weekend.

Journalist Bob Woodruff speaks to cadets during academic convocation in Cocke Hall.

Woodruff Speaks of Resilience, Recovery

Television journalist and traumatic brain injury survivor Bob Woodruff chronicled his comeback and emphasized the healing power of family and friends during remarks given at Virginia Military Institute’s academic convocation earlier today.

Cadets perform ROTC maneuvers on the Parade Ground.

VMI Climbs in U.S. News Rankings

VMI climbed seven places among national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, claiming the 65th spot, up from 72nd in 2016.

Cadets form up on the bricks while the U.S. flag is raised.

Statement on VMI’s Place in America’s Future

The president of the VMI Board of Visitors, John William Boland, and the Institute’s superintendent, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, issued a statement on VMI's history and its mission today.

Cadets run down Saunders Drive during the 9/11 memorial group run.

North Post Traffic Policy Announced

North Post will be closed to all vehicular through traffic during physical training time in order to ensure the safety of participating cadets.

Professor Dee Mornah lectures in a classroom.

VMI Endorses Growth4VA Campaign

VMI announced its participation in the Growth4VA campaign, which will focus on promoting reform and reinvestment in Virginia’s higher education system.

A portrait of Walter McDougall.

Pulitzer Prize Winner to Speak in JM Hall

Dr. Walter McDougall, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Vietnam veteran, will speak at VMI Thursday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Jackson Memorial Hall.

Astronaut Leland Melvin speaks from the podium in Gillis Theatre.

STEM Conference Inspires

Nearly 300 school teachers and administrators arrived at the STEM Education Conference this week to learn about new techniques and ideas to take back to their classrooms.

Col. Tom Timmes ’92 speaks with cadets just before firing the evening gun in his role as Officer in Charge.

Alumni Return as Faculty Members

At this fall’s orientation for new faculty and staff, a few faculty members needed less help than most in learning about VMI culture, customs, and history.

Dr. Dee Mornah teaches a class on entrepreneurship in Scott Shipp Hall on Sept. 19.

‘There Are Opportunities Everywhere’

Dr. Dekuwmini "Dee" Mornah is planning to lead a group of cadets in Ghana next summer—and he's passionate about teaching entrepreneurship on post.

Dr. Klaus Schmider answers a question during his class on European land warfare in Scott Shipp Hall.

Sandhurst, VMI Swap Professors

Col. Geoff Jensen is teaching this fall at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, while Dr. Klaus Schmider, a member of the Sandhurst faculty, is teaching at VMI.

Mu-Chi Lu ’19, Hanchu Zhang ’19, and Edward Olbrych ’18 chose between two prompts to solve mathematically during a 23-hour competition hosted by VMI Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.

VMI Takes First In Math Competition

For the first time since the event was established three years ago, VMI took home the top spot at the Shenandoah Valley Math Modeling Challenge.

Author Walter McDougall speaks to cadets in the classroom.

Author, Historian Speaks on Civil Religion

Walter McDougall offered insight into how civil religion has guided U.S. foreign policy since the nation's founding in a lecture held in Jackson Memorial Hall.

New Stadium Bag Policy in Effect

Starting with VMI’s homecoming football game against Western Carolina, the Institute will be utilizing a new clear bag policy at Foster Stadium, similar to policies at other NCAA games nationwide.

Judge Andrew Napolitano speaks to the crowd during in Gillis Theatre.

'To Protect the Speech We Hate'

Judge and Fox News judicial commentator Andrew Napolitano spoke Monday, Oct. 30, as part of the eighth annual leadership and ethics conference.

Cadets and visitors discuss the ethical implications of various scenarios at the ethical leadership challenge.

Conference Offers Lessons on Discourse

Nearly 300 VMI cadets, students from other institutions of higher education, and members of the public heard viewpoints from across the political spectrum this week.

Rat Challenge Reaches New Heights

Rat Challenge, an intensive 10-week program that pushes the limits of physicality and mental strength for new cadets, will culminate in Rat Olympics.

The rugby team gathers for a photo on the pitch.

Rugby Team Reaches National Semifinals

VMI's rugby team has qualified for the national semifinals for the first time in the program’s 50-year history, and will take on Norwich University in Greenville, South Carolina, Dec. 2.

Cadets gather to discuss an ethical dilemma during the 2017 ethics bowl.

Ethics Team Attends Regional Competition

The VMI Ethics Team won two rounds at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on Nov. 18, defeating the University of North Georgia and Davidson College.

Cadets patrol through the forest during field training exercises.

Cadets Receive Service Branch Assignments

For commissioning cadets, the link between academic learning and the real world becomes closer than ever over the winter months, as many learn their branch assignments in the armed services.

Gen. J.H. Binford Peay congratulates the rugby team in Memorial Garden.

Rugby Team Competes in Championships

VMI rugby reached the highest level of play in its 50-year history, defeating Norwich before falling to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Division II championship.

Nina Srikongyos ’15 poses in front the Army Ranger school sign at Victory Pond in Fort Benning, Georgia, after her graduation in November.—Photo courtesy of Nina Srikongyos ’15.

‘Willing to Go the Extra Mile’

Nattachat “Nina” Srikongyos graduated from Ranger School in November to become the eighth woman and the first Thai-American woman to successfully complete the training.

December graduates toss their gloves into the air following the commencement ceremonies.

Over 40 to Graduate Wednesday

Over 40 cadets will receive their diplomas and 11 will take the commissioning oath in ceremonies held Dec. 19 and 20 in Jackson Memorial Hall.

Crozet Hall buffet lines are refilled between dining periods.

Parkhurst to Offer Fresh, Local Fare

Over winter furlough, VMI’s new food services vendor, Parkhurst Dining, will be working hard to install new equipment in Crozet, train staff, and stock the shelves before cadets return Jan. 10.

Cadets toss their gloves into the air in Jackson Memorial Hall.

43 Graduate in JM Hall

Members of the December 2017 graduating class added their names to the short list of cadets who have graduated from VMI. Eugene Williams '74 spoke to the graduates about their unique accomplishment.

An architectural rendering of the new South River Bridge

Improvements Slated for the Chessie

A long-awaited bridge on the Chessie Nature Trail may be a reality as early as 2019. In the meantime, VMI is improving parking and cadets are engaged in projects to support trail events and develop interpretive signage.

A portrait of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smith '79

VMI Dean to Step Down

Brig. Gen. Jeff Smith, Jr. ’79, deputy superintendent for academics and dean of the faculty, will resign from his position at the conclusion of this academic year.

Northam speaks at VMI's Academic Convocation

Watch Live as Corps Marches in Inaugural

The Corps of Cadets will march in the Gubernatorial inaugural parade in Richmond Jan. 13 for the first VMI graduate to serve as governor in a century.