VMI - Homecoming

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  1. sbrad626

    sbrad626 New Member

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    Can anyone share how Homecoming works at VMI? I understand there are tailgates, the football game, and the parade, but is there a dance? If so are Rats allowed to attend? What time is their curfew? Can they take a girlfriend from home? Is the dress formal for both Rats and dates? Any insight is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. larry2013

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    Homecoming - yes there are homecoming activities each year.
    Homecoming is listed on the VMI calendar, believe its first weekend in October - yes there is traditionally a dance - less formal than Mid Winter FORMAL - which is very formal (girl dates MUST WEAR LONG GOWN) or Ring Figure - there is an entire dress code of the date of the cadet - think the long ago coming out debutante balls -
    But homecoming - is less restrictive, or has been. I dont think the female dates are required to weat a Long Gown - I do believe, like everything else, there is a permit to apply for - a cadet CANNOT be on confinement, must have a date, must attend the dance for min of 3 hours - then is allowed to have the "permit" - the permission to stay out that night. I also believe there are tickets, or at least some sort of sign up to attend the dance. That saturday, the cadets are not released until sometime after the the football game - that allows them time to take their date to dinner and then attend the dance. The cadets are required to report back to barracks by a certain time - the permit will outline all of this. Also I believe, once a cadet returns to grounds of VMI - they must check back in and return to life as RAT - so you can stroll around the grounds with your RAT that sunday - if cadet returns to VMI, they must check in. This is what I remember so might be old or inaccurate - but wanted to give you what info I knew.
    Also, RATS are required to sit with group - sometimes they are given permission to sit with parents after halftime - but they will be required to hussle down to field for pushups after each scoring event.
    hope this helps, really hope someone can come chime in and correct me where i am wrong. larrys mom
     

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