Special Events

MMA’s homecomings are 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. 

Feature events include the "FOREver MMA" - the annual Alumni Association Golf and Cornhole Tournaments at Arthur Hills Golf Course; a Sunset Silver Taps ceremony honors MMA alumni, family, and friends who have recently passed away; Colonels athletic events and pep rally; and more. 

An annual MMA tradition that honors cadet's paternal figures, Fall Family Weekend allows families to see what life is like at MMA and take part in some of MMA’s most treasured traditions.

At the Passing Through Ceremony, new cadets are recognized for passing all training requirements and the Crucible. Families of new cadets participate by in the hat pinning ceremony, where cadets receive their coveted hat brass as a symbol of their membership in the corps of cadets. Then, the corps parades Colonels Field for the Battalion Review, where cadets’ fathers and grandfathers troop the line. Senior cadets come forward to receive their class rings from family members and faculty.

In the evening, the Senior Ring Dinner & Dance recognizes senior cadets at a formal military ball.* 

A MMA tradition for more than 75 years, Evensong celebrates the holidays through the voices of MMA cadets and faculty.

Described as a "Festival of Lessons and Carols," Evensong features live readings and musical performances by Missouri Military Academy choir members and musicians, plus the MMA Faculty Chorus. The event is free, open to the public, and annually held at Mexico United Methodist Church at 122 E. Promenade St., Mexico, Missouri.

Following the Evensong celebration, cadets and their families enjoy holiday parties in each company’s recreation room on campus.

The Valentine Ball is a prom-like formal dance sponsored by the junior class. The evening begins with a Grand March formally opening the ball. Later, a ceremony takes place to crown Valentine Ball Queen.

For this, MMA welcomes Miss Missouri, Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen, and other local pageant winners to the Valentine Ball. Select MMA leaders escort these special guests to the ball. 

All cadets, their dates, and their families are welcome to attend. Detailed information and costs will be posted on the MMA website approximately six weeks in advance. Reservations for the dinner portions of these events are required. Due to catering limitations, we are not able to accommodate unregistered guests.

MMA’s premiere event and biggest fundraiser of the year, the Maroon & Gold Gala supports academic, athletic and scholarship programs at MMA. The mission? To improve the cadet experience and expand their opportunities, so they may reach their fullest potential.

The event includes an online, silent and live auction, formal dinner, musical performances by MMA cadets and more. 

Advanced reservations are required to attend.

The annual Spring Family Weekend is an MMA tradition that honors the special women in cadets’ lives.

Cadet's maternal figures pin red carnations on their cadets uniform for the Flower Pinning Ceremony. Following the ceremony, there is a Battalion Review and Awards Ceremony. 

In the afternoon, families can enjoy the Festival of Arts and annual Epple Memorial Art Show. 

During the weekend, families enjoy watching their cadets compete in Company Competitive Drills, receive awards, participate in Senior Banquet and more. On Saturday, cadets traditionally gather for Senior Review at Colonels Field, and senior cadets receive 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.


*Notes about MMA Military Balls

There are two formal military balls held on campus during the school year: the Senior Ring Dance and the Valentine Ball. Both events are for all cadets’ families, including younger children, as well as cadets and their dates. Seniors are required to attend the Senior Ring Dance.

Often the question is asked about appropriate dress for a ball, because few people have formal gowns and tuxedos in their wardrobes. Tuxedos for the gentlemen and evening gowns for the ladies are always appropriate for military balls, but business suits and dinner dresses are also appropriate. The faculty will be in dress uniform, tuxedos, suits, formal gowns and dinner dresses.