The most anticipated event of the cadetship besides breakout and graduation is Ring Figure, typically held in November during the second class year. During that weekend, cadets receive their class rings.
Each class’ ring is unique, with one side containing pictorial representations and symbols of the things that define the class as a whole, such as memorable events of the ratline or certain aspects of the Institute that the class holds particularly dear. The other side typically contains an arrangement of VMI images.
Ring Figure Presentation
November 16, 5:30 p.m.
Class Supper, Cocke Hall
Cadets and invited guests only. Dress code for guests: Dress blues or dress casual
November 17, 12:00 p.m.
Ring Presentation, Cameron Hall
Open to the public. Dress code for guests: Dress blues or dress casual
November 17, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Superintendent's Reception, Superintendent's Quarters
Cadets and invited guests only. Dress code for guests: Mess dress or white tie
November 17, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ring Figure Ball, Marshall Hall
Cadets and invited guests only. Parents may not attend unless they are as a cadet's date. Dress code for guests: Mess dress or white tie
November 17, 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Cadets and dates only.
At the Ring Figure Ball
- Women: Attire for non-cadet ladies is a white floor-length evening dress, white shoes, elbow length white gloves. Please practice wearing your dress and walking around in it. You will be walking down dark stairs, so also think about what shoes you will be wearing. We suggest dresses be lined, since you will be in the spotlight both front and back when walking through the ring.
- Men: White tuxedo with black bow tie, cummerbund or vest, and black shoes, or mess dress if so desired by respective military personnel.
- Underclass cadet dates: Coatee, white ducks/long skirt for women
Military personnel: May wear mess dress if so desired.
At the Ring Presentation Ceremony
- Male / Female: Attire for dates attending the Ring Presentation is jacket, shirt and tie for gentlemen and dress slacks and nice blouse/shirt/sweater for ladies.