Traditionally held two days before graduation, the Change of Command Parade showcases VMI’s regimental and class system as the graduating class passes the mantle of Corps leadership to the rising 1st class.
During the parade, the outgoing regimental commander passes the regimental colors over to the superintendent, who then hands them to the incoming regimental commander.
The outgoing regimental commander’s name is inscribed on a bronze plaque in barracks that same day. Battalion and company commanders also hand over leadership to the rising 1st Class during the parade, while the rest of the graduating class enjoys their first parade as spectators.
This year, outgoing regimental commander Troy Smith ’21 will hand the colors to Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins ’85, superintendent, who will then hand them to next year’s regimental commander, Kasey Meredith ’22.
The May 2021 Change of Command Ceremony is currently scheduled for Friday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Graduation Parade, and will be available via livestream on this page.