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2021 Commencement


  • 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1
  • Virginia Tech Drillfield

This Pass in Review will honor the class of 2021 and usher in the class of 2022 as the new cadet officers and commanders of the regiment.

Livestream video from the event will be available on the Commandant's Facebook page at



  • 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 3
  • Upper Quad area in front of Lane Hall

Livestream video from this cadet-designed ceremony will be available on the Corps' YouTube channel at

Because of the governor's guidlines related to COVID-19 and commencement ceremonies, graduating cadets will be limited to two guests. 

The speakers will be two Corps' alumni, Homer Hickam '64 and Jason Oberoi '10.

Homer Hickam

Few names capture a cadet’s attention and inspiration like that of Homer Hickam. A 1964 graduate of the Corps of Cadets, Mr. Hickam is a Vietnam veteran, a best-selling author, a retired NASA engineer, and part of the trio of cadets who created the first Skipper, the famed Corps of Cadets’ cannon.

Jason Oberoi

Deputy Commandant for the Citizen-Leader Track Jason Oberoi, a 2010 graduate of the Corps, understands the cadet experience. His door is always open to cadets seeking advice or just a friendly face. An Army veteran, Mr. Oberoi will also “graduate” from the Corps’ staff this spring to pursue a nursing career.

Our planning for the Corps graduation event has been done in partnership with the senior class to maximize cadets’ ability to participate in as many of Virginia Tech’s commencement activities as they choose. Our focus remains on providing a memorable experience for our graduating cadets, who have given up many of the traditional senior moments to the global pandemic.

Information will be updated as plans are finalized and we work through the required COVID-19 safety protocols. This document was last updated on April 13.


How many guests is a graduating cadet allowed?

Two, because of the amount of open space on Upper Quad and stringent limitations set by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Graduating cadets must register their guests, a maximum of two, by April 28. Families and friends do not have access to the ticketing system for commencement. A valid e-ticket is required to attend the ceremony.


What will the guest experience be like?

Guests will be assigned seating behind Lane Hall by their graduating cadet's company. Chairs will be provided. The ceremony will happen in front of Lane Hall. Guests will be unable to see the entire event live but can access to livestream from their seat. Information on accessing the university’s wi-fi network is available at

Guests will have the opportunity to see their cadet graduating, but such access will be controlled to comply with required safety protocols.

Guests will be required to wear a face mask at all times.


How will I be able to see my cadet graduate?

We will escort those guests to a photo area in front of Lane Hall to take pictures as your cadet graduates, using the commonwealth’s spacing protocols.

As we do each year, a Corps photographer will also photograph each cadet graduating, and those photos will be made available online to families.


Why was Upper Quad chosen as the venue?

The cadets chose Upper Quad for its central role in their four years in the Corps. Conducting the ceremony on the VT-shaped sidewalk, in the same place they have conducted countless morning formations and formal retreats, marks a ceremonial end to their time on Upper Quad. Upon graduation, the cadets will walk up the center of the VT for the first time, signaling their status as Corps alumni.


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Virginia Tech's ROTCs are developing separate commissioning plans, influenced by when the university expects to have final confirmation of degree completion. They plan to offer on-campus opportunities for individual commissioning ceremonies and a virtual commissioning for all graduates. Dates, times, and locations are yet to be determined. Commissioning questions should be directed to the cadet's ROTC program, not the Corps staff.