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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets sets Change of Command Parade for April 30

April 12, 2016

Members of the Class of 2015 celebrate at the conclusion of the Change of Command parade on the Drillfield last spring.
Members of the Class of 2015 celebrate at the conclusion of the annual Change of Command Parade last spring.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will conduct a Pass in Review on April 30, to honor the Class of 2016 as its members become alumni of the corps. The parade will also usher in the Class of 2017 as the new cadet officers and commanders of the regiment.

The current regimental commander is Cadet Col. Anthony Carella of Mercerville, New Jersey, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering who is pursuing a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development. He is a recipient of the Vernon D. Lucy III’ 64 Emerging Leader Scholarship and a member of Air Force ROTC. Carella is also a member of the regimental band, the Highty-Tighties.

Carella will pass command to Cadet Michael Schoka of Fairfax, Virginia, a junior majoring in mathematics in the College of Science also pursuing a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development. Schoka is a member of the Citizen-Leader Track and University Honors and is a recipient of the Virginia Hughes Blackman Emerging Leader Scholarship.

The Pass in Review will begin at 10 a.m. on the Drillfield, centered in front of Burruss Hall at 800 Drillfield Drive. The corps will welcome President Tim Sands, who will address the cadets during the parade. In addition, the Highty-Tighties will play and Skipper, the corps cannon, will be fired when the cadets first enter the Drillfield, at the first note of the national anthem, and the first note of “Tech Triumph.” A total of three shots will be fired.  

All are welcome to come and view this culminating event for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2016.

Free parking is available around the Drillfield and no visitor’s pass is necessary on weekends. Parking is also available in the Perry Street Lots and the Perry Street Parking Garage near Prices Fork Road. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.

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