Events and Traditions

In addition to the big events, cadets enjoy several social events throughout the year such as movie nights, concerts, Midwinter Formal, Ring Figure formal, Homecoming Hop, and the Cadet Ski Trip.


Your first days at VMI include matriculation day and nine days of military training. Matriculation is the day you report to VMI’s Cameron Hall to register for classes and sign the matriculation book.  The New Cadet Oath Ceremony is held at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market, Virginia. 

Matriculation Day Information

Family Weekend

Family Weekend, held each fall, is a good time to make your first visit. During this time you will see your cadet function in a new environment and witness the new skills and self-reliance acquired. Cadets and families will have a number of activities they may participate in during this weekend. 

Family Weekend Information

Ring Figure 

The most anticipated event of the cadetship besides breakout and graduation is Ring Figure, typically held in November during the second class year. During that weekend, cadets receive their class rings.

Ring Figure Information


The entire cadetship of a VMI man or woman culminates in graduation, held on May 16. The entire Corps of Cadets attends, and the graduating first class embodies for all attending the virtues of hard work, dedication and excellence that a VMI diploma represents.

May Graduation Information

December Graduation Information