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.
Feature events include the "FOREver MMA" 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 bring the corps, parents and alumni out in full force to cheer.
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.
The Senior Ring Dinner & Dance is a formal military ball* that recognizes our senior cadets who have received their class rings. Because the senior cadets are the guests of honor their attendance is free of charge and their attendance is mandatory. This ball is an optional event for all other grade levels, but their attendance is encouraged.
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 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. Cadets are invited to nominate their dates to be selected as the Valentine Ball Queen, crowned by Miss Missouri.
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. 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 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. The evening concludes with a live auction.
The 2020 Maroon & Gold Gala will be held on Saturday, March 28, during 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.
During the weekend, families also enjoy the Festival of Arts and annual Epple Memorial Art Show.
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.
*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.