Traditionally referred to as Alumni Weekend, MMA’s Homecoming brings together the MMA community – alumni, families, friends and cadets alike – to celebrate brotherhood and our ties to the Academy.
For alumni, the weekend is an excellent opportunity for alumni to reconnect with their MMA Brothers. For parents and current cadets, Homecoming is an opportunity to enjoy community-building festivities and connect with other MMA families and alumni.
Events like the Alumni Association Golf & Cornhole Tournaments on Friday are open for all to participate with pre-registration, and Friday’s Colonels football game and pre-game pep rally – hosted by the MMA Parent’s Committee – is free and open to all at the MMA Football Field.
The Alumni Recognition & Donor Awards Banquet on Saturday night will recognize donors and alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the Academy and as citizens in their community. Cadets and their parents are invited to attend, providing an opportunity to hear great stories of accomplishment from MMA alumni.
“Often alumni share messages about how they didn’t realize the value of the gift their parents gave to them when they were cadets, but they understand it now.” Director of Special Events Cassandra Brooks said. “I think that message is something that current cadets and parents can appreciate when they attend this banquet.”
Special thank you to Chris Gentry, MMA Class of 1988 and a current MMA parent, for donating beef for the Alumni Recognition & Donor Awards Banquet dinner. His donation reduced the cost of the dinner for each guest to $25/adult and $15/cadet.
Saturday also includes special MMA traditions, such as the Battalion/Alumni Review & Drilldown, where an alumni company competes against the MMA corps for top honors in the review, plus the Sunset Silver Taps Ceremony, honoring those members of the MMA family who have recently passed.
This year’s homecoming will feature a special dedication for the Colonel Stribling statue. Javier Campuzano ’82 created this statue as a gift to the Academy with the help of Phil Baum ’63. The statue memorializes Col. Charles R. Stribling III, who passed away in Sept. 2017. He spent more than 75 years dedicated to MMA and its mission, first as a cadet and then as an alumnus, teacher, administrator and chairman of the board.
To learn more about MMA’s Homecoming schedule and register for events, click here.