The annual Valentine Ball is a prom-like formal dance sponsored by the junior class.
The evening begins with guests and cadets forming a receiving line where they are introduced to the Academy president and spouse and other school officials and guests. Later in the evening, a Grand March formally opens the ball, and a ceremony takes place to crown Valentine Ball Queen, voted on by the cadets.
Each year, MMA welcomes Miss Missouri, Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen, and other local pageant winners to MMA's Valentine Ball. Selected MMA leaders escort these special guests to the ball.
All cadets, their dates and their families are welcome to attend free of charge. Required dress code includes cocktail dresses, suits or ball gowns for ladies and business suits or tuxedos for men. Cadets will adorn themselves in their winter dress uniform.
An optional dinner precedes the ball, but advance tickets for the dinner must be purchased in order to attend.
Spring Family Weekend
The annual Spring Family Weekend is an MMA tradition that honors the mothers, grandmothers, and other special women in our cadets’ lives and recognizes cadet achievements.
The weekend begins Ladies’ Tea Party in Barnard Hall. Later, mothers and mother figures pin red carnations on their cadets at the Flower Pinning Ceremony, followed by the Battalion Review and Awards Ceremony. During the battalion review, one cadet from each JROTC Leadership Education Training (LET) level receives the Superior Cadet Award, which signifies their leadership potential, discipline, courtesy, character and excellence in military and academic scholarship.
On Saturday, families enjoy the Festival of Arts and annual Epple Memorial Art Show, which features live music from the cadet chorus, cadet artwork and an award ceremony.
Maroon & Gold Gala
MMA’s premiere event and biggest fundraiser of the year, the Maroon & Gold Gala supports scholarships, athletics and academic programs. The mission? To improve the cadet experience and expand their opportunities, so they may reach their fullest potential.
The evening begins with a silent auction and is followed by dinner and social time with MMA alumni, friends, parents and cadets with entertainment by MMA band and choir. Later in the evening, MMA presents the Gen. Clifton B. Cates "I Will Hold Award" for Leadership to a selected, distinguished leader.
The evening concludes with a live auction.
Fall Family Weekend
An annual MMA tradition that honors fathers and grandfathers or our cadets, Fall Family Weekend gives families the opportunity to see a day in the life of their cadets and take part in some of MMA’s most treasured traditions.
The Passing Through Ceremony kicks off the weekend by recognizing all new cadets who have achieved full cadet status by passing all training requirements and the Crucible. Families are invited to participate in the hat pinning ceremony, where cadets receive their coveted hat brass as a symbol of their membership in the corps of cadets.
Following the Passing Through Ceremony, the entire corps of cadets parades to Colonels Field for the Battalion Review, where cadets’ fathers and grandfathers will troop the line. Senior cadets are brought forward to receive their class rings from family members and faculty.
At the Senior Ring Dinner and Ball on Saturday night, senior cadets are celebrated for their pending graduation.
The Crucible is an MMA tradition composed of a series of physical and mental obstacles intended to challenge cadets as leaders and as a team. It is the capstone event all recruits must undertake before they are recognized as new cadets and accepted into the MMA Corps of Cadets. All necessary skills required to complete the course are taught and practiced during recruit training so that the event can be completed in a high-speed, professional manner.
The boys are given no information about what to expect throughout the day, and every year holds different challenges. In past years, cadets have had to complete a PT test with push-ups, pull-ups and a timed mile run; a two-mile ruck march; a nine-part obstacle course; a paintball battle demonstrating knowledge of small unit tactics; a 40-foot climbing wall challenge; a 45-foot rappel down the MMA tower; a combat water survival swim and more.
Once completed, cadets take pride in the coveted hat brasses and black shoulder boards they have earned. They are welcomed and recognized into the corps of cadets at the Passing Through Ceremony, where family members are able to pin their son’s hat brass.
MMA’s homecomings come alive with brotherhood and camaraderie. Each year features live music on campus, great food, socials, and an event schedule that gives alumni and guests an experience of fond memories and appreciation of the strength of the Academy and value it brings to the cadets.
Friday begins with the "FOREver MMA" annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament at Arthur Hills Golf Course. Alumni face off in a golf tournament to raise funds for Mexico Help Center and the Alumni Association. Afterward, alumni enjoy food and live music outside Stribling Hall.
When the sun sets, the MMA community heads to Colonels Field for a more somber occasion – the Silver Taps honors MMA alumni, family, and friends who have recently passed away. Cadets march onto Colonels Field in the darkness of night. As the names of loved ones are read, a cadet in formation illuminates a light-stick in memory of each.
Saturday morning begins with a donor breakfast, honoring those who have generously given to the Academy. The academy president shares highlights of the past year and demonstrates ways that philanthropy continues to benefit the cadets at MMA by keeping tuition affordable.
Later, Homecoming guests relax on the campus’s front lawn for an annual picnic.
A celebration of our seniors’ accomplishments, commencement begins with select cadets participating in the Wallace Fry Speech Competition, where they aim to deliver the best speech in composition and delivery.
On Friday, families enjoy the Company Competitive Drills and the Final Assembly. In the evening, senior families attend the Senior Baccalaureate and Senior Banquet. All senior cadets are required to attend.
On Saturday, cadets gather for Senior Review at Colonels Field. Senior cadets are awarded their diplomas at the graduation ceremony in the Centennial Gymtorium. Finally, a Final Formation is held in the front of MMA's campus as one last nod to the graduating class.