Local residents graduate from Virginia Military Institute

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More than 370 cadets received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Virginia Military Institute during the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 16.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the Class of 2018 in VMI’s Cameron Hall. Graduating cadets included the following:

  • Cole A. Hedge of Salem, Va., received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business with a Financial Management Concentration and Spanish Minor. Graduating honors include Distinguished Graduate. Cadet Hedge’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Hedge.
  • Samuel W. Shaffer of Salem, Va., received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.

Cadet Shaffer’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas T. Shaffer.

Founded in 1839, Virginia Military Institute is the nation’s oldest state-supported military college. Consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation by both U.S. News and World Report and Money magazine, VMI offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 14 majors. It is the mission of VMI to prepare honorable and dedicated leaders ready for the challenges of 21st-century citizenship.

 

-Submitted by Mary Price