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Cadets throw their gloves in celebration of their commencement.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin

VMI Celebrates December Graduates

Just shy of 40 cadets crossed the stage in Memorial Hall during the commencement ceremony on Dec. 21. This semester’s graduates and their guests heard from Lara Tyler Chambers ’03, vice president of the VMI Board of Visitors.

Allie Sassaman '22 and Kasey Meredith, VMI Corps of Cadet's Regimental Commander, pose for photo after being selected for highly competitive Cyberspace Officer Contracts in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Two Naval ROTC Marine Option midshipmen selected for Cyberspace Officer contracts in the Marine Corps.

Allie Sassaman '22 and Kasey Meredith '22 were selected by the U.S. Marine Corps for two of only five Cyberspace Officer contracts given nationally.

Group for former Keydets and others gather to celebrate 40 years at Cameron Hall.

Cameron Hall Turns 40

VMI community and guests celebrate Cameron Hall's 40th year. The first basketball game held in Cameron Hall was on Dec. 5, 1981 against University of Virginia. A 4th Class cadet named Cedric Wins became the first Keydet player to score in Cameron Hall. Now he's the Institute's 15th Superintendent.

Fatoumata Diallo ’23, Wesley Barbara ’23, Joshua Kent ’24, and Kyle Bordeaux ’22 pose with VMI flag.—Photo provided by E. Sean Lanier ’94.

Air Force ROTC Cadets Attend The National Security & Foreign Policy Leadership Briefing

“Each guest speaker offered a wide range of expertise on various topics ranging from Anglo-American relations to leadership from the cockpit of a high-performance jet,” Wesley Barbara ’23 said. “I look forward to implementing everything I learned.”

Whitney Edwards-Roberson ‘22—VMI photo by Eric Moore

Cadet Represents All of SoCon at NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum

Whitney Edwards-Roberson ‘22 traveled to Houston to represent all SoCon athletes at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. A four-year soccer player and former team captain, she is hoping to continue her education and potentially work in sports marketing upon graduation.

Lisa Tracy shows Maj. Jeff Kozak a copy of the Baltimore Sun from May 1963 featuring Maj. Gen. Charles E. Kilbourne, VMI Class of 1894, meeting President John F. Kennedy.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Kilbourne Papers Now Preserved at VMI

Lisa Tracy, a granddaughter of VMI’s sixth superintendent Maj. Gen. Charles E. Kilbourne, VMI Class of 1894, had no idea what treasures hid in her attic. Not until Col. Diane Jacob, then head of VMI archives, asked her to check.

Photo of VMI cadets posing in front of conference at the 2021 SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).

“SURFers” Share Research Projects

Maj. Sarah Patterson and Maj. Blain Patterson from the Department of Applied Mathematics had the privilege of accompanying 11 cadets as they presented their research on a variety of topics, ranging from identifying glycans with neural networks to women in counterterrorism.

Cody Talbert ’23 and his date dance in the Hall of Valor during the Ring Figure ball Nov. 19.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Full-Scale Ring Figure Returns

In the final days before Thanksgiving furlough, the Class of 2023 celebrated Ring Figure Nov. 18 and 19. Things seemed mostly back to normal after last year’s Ring Figure was missing some key elements of the celebration like the Ring Figure ball, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeremiah Gaulding ’22 on Post

Internship Helps to Solidify Cadet’s Career Plans

Jeremiah Gaulding ’22 is an electrical and computer engineering major from Newport News, Virginia. After graduation, he plans on commissioning into the Air Force or Space Force. This past summer, he completed an internship at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Emily Hattman ‘22 on Post

The Bonds of Cadetship Formed Early Lead to a Decision to Stay at VMI

When Emily Hattman ‘22 first arrived at VMI, she wasn’t planning on staying long. Matriculation was a “big shock.” Quickly, though, she met a great group of friends, and these relationships encouraged her to stay at VMI.