The VMI Corps of Cadets enjoys major events, traditions, and social occasions throughout the year, including Homecoming Hop, Midwinter and Ring Figure formal dances, movie nights, concerts, and more.
Parades showcase the professionalism of the Corps of Cadets, who conduct dress parades most Friday afternoons, some Saturday mornings, and for special occasions when VMI is in session.
Matriculation Day is a special occasion when matriculants, known as “rats”, are welcomed into the VMI community. After signing the matriculation book, incoming rats attend ceremonies and begin their training.
Keydets fans, family, friends, and alumni arrive early on Game Day to view the pageantry of the Corps and build the anticipation for a great day of athletic competition and VMI camaraderie.
VMI cadets have a number of opportunities throughout the year to attend dances on post, whether with their fellow cadets or with dates and special guests.
Families and cadets reconnect during a memorable weekend of interactive educational events and entertaining activities designed to welcome everyone to the VMI community, Lexington, and surrounding areas.
Founders Day marks the anniversary of the Institute's beginning in 1839. Events include a parade, Founders Day convocation, and the Institute Society Dinner.
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.
Graduation celebrates the achievements of cadets completing their journey at VMI when they become military officers by taking their oaths during Commissioning, and when they receive their diplomas during Commencement.