Just shy of 500 new cadets arrived Saturday, Aug. 21, for Matriculation Day and the beginning of the Rat Line. The new cadets will become the Class of 2025 early in the spring semester, after Breakout.
This year’s new cadets come from 42 states and seven countries, with 59% from Virginia and 41% from out of state. Sixty-six are female, and nearly 150 are recruited NCAA athletes. Fifty-eight percent are majoring in STEM disciplines and 42% in the liberal arts.
The registration and ceremonial portions of matriculation were held as usual this year in one day, after the need for social distancing caused the Institute to hold the event over two days in 2020. Matriculants were given green bracelets to indicate confirmation of vaccination, approved exemption with negative COVID-19 test, or a negative COVID-19 test for those partially vaccinated. Also in a departure from last year, all military training and athletic activities are being held as usual, without capacity limits, and all classes are in person only.
The matriculation process continued Aug. 22-29 with the cadre leading the new arrivals in military drills and physical training and culminating Sunday, Aug. 29, with the Rat Crucible. Members of the Old Corps also returned Sunday, Aug. 29, and classes began Tuesday, Aug. 31.
Mary Price VMI Communications & Marketing
Christian Heilman Digital Content Manager
The digital content manager is responsible for creating original video and multimedia materials, as well as developing and editing web and digital content. The manager is responsible for platform coordination and troubleshooting, to include the VMI Alumni Agencies’ primary websites, digital newsletter and other digital platforms.
Micalyn Miller Creative Content Manager
The creative content manager is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for the VMI Alumni Agencies social media sites to ensure optimal engagement and a positive image for the Institute. The creative content manager regularly evaluates the success of social media marketing efforts and develops new strategies as needed. The manager is responsible for photography and graphic design for publications and social media platforms.
Molly Rolon Associate Editor/Writer
The associate editor/writer assists the editor-in-chief in various tasks relating to the production of quarterly and monthly publications, as well as prepares written materials for publication. The associate editor serves as liaison between class agents and chapter presidents and the Agencies’ publications, as well as provides backup photography for events.