Military Ball

The incorporation of ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) onto Eastern’s campus brought another tradition:  the Military Ball. Beginning in 1937, the ball featured live music and the crowning of the Military Ball Queen (with student Nancy Covington being awarded the first annual honor).  Students in ROTC donned their uniforms and non-military wore formal wear to the event. The Military Ball tradition is one that Eastern continues today and the ball itself has its own traditions.  Each ball includes a receiving line, sabre arch, and ceremonial toasts as well ceremonies that honor fallen soldiers.