VWIL to March in Governor’s Inaugural Parade
Mary Baldwin College’s Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Corps of Cadets has been selected to march in Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s inaugural parade on January 11, 2014. The parade will follow the swearing-in ceremony — a tradition since 1851 — which begins at noon in Richmond’s Capitol Square.
“The VWIL Corps of Cadets is proud to march in Governor-elect McAuliffe’s parade to help celebrate his inauguration,” said Brigadier General Teresa Djuric, VWIL commandant of cadets. “In our 18-year history, the corps has marched in the inaugural parades of four Virginia governors. This parade is an outstanding way for Mary Baldwin College and the VWIL corps to welcome the new governor as he takes on the leadership role for our great state.”
The corps was also the sole college marching unit chosen to perform at the 2003 opening of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The corps and marching band — which includes non-VWIL student members — have marched for eight consecutive years in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held annually in March.