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Ring Dance

A Hokie at Ring Dance

A tradition dating from 1934 beginning with the Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Tech Ring Dance symbolizes the transition from junior to senior and the presentation of the highly anticipated class ring.


Only Class of 2022 or Class of 2023 students who have purchased rings will have the opportunity for tickets to their respective ring dance this spring. 
Tickets are free, not sold, to ring buyers only and are REQUIRED for admission for either the first or second night dance. Ticket reservation links will be sent to ring buyers via email in early March. Students must choose one night to attend. Tickets are first come first serve.

How many tickets may I reserve?

Two. We ask that you not pick up more than one pair of tickets for yourself and your date for the selected night of dance. If you and your date are both juniors (for 2023) or seniors (for 2022) we ask that you only pick up one ticket each to allow others to attend. 

My date is not a junior/senior ring buyer or attends a different school. May they still attend Ring Dance? 

Yes. The only requirement is that the person who is reserving and then picking up the ticket up is a junior enrolled at Virginia Tech.

After reserving tickets, when and where do we pick them up?

Ticket pickup will begin the week of March 14 at Squires Student Center, hours to be announced. Emails to ring buyers will detail this information.

Ticket exchange on the dance nights

Tickets will be scanned and students will be given a wrist band to wear at the dance and the traditional ribbon for the ring ceremony. Please bring your Hokie Passport as it will be swiped at the entrance of the ballroom.

For information on tickets and eligibility please contact

Special pre-dance reception with Coach Bud Foster on March 23

Class of 2022 ring buyers who have also made their Senior Class Gift are eligible to attend the special reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on March 23. Details will be emailed to eligible students.

When is Ring Delivery for Class of 2023?

Ring delivery is Tuesday-Friday, March 22-25, in Squires Williamsburg Room, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Students should bring their Hokie passport. If there is an outstanding payment on your ring please contact Balfour at 800-996-8636, ext. 2514. All payments must be settled before ring can be picked up. Special Virginia Tech ring boxes are available at delivery for $15, cash only.

 How should I dress for Ring Dance? 

Semi-formal or formal attire is acceptable attire at ring dance. Cadets wear the white paletot uniform with the maroon senior sashes. White dresses for women on the night of the ring figure is a long-standing tradition, but dresses of every hue are found on the dance floor.

I consider myself part of the Class of 2023, but I'm on the 2022 Listserv. How can I get information about the Class of 2023 dance? 

Email the class listmaster at to request to be added.

More questions about Ring Dance or tickets? Email

A tradition dating from 1934 beginning with the Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Tech Ring Dance symbolizes the transition from junior to senior and the presentation of the highly anticipated class ring.

Upon entering the dance, each couple receives a pair of ribbons in the class colors. One student wears the date's ring on their wrist with the darker colored ribbon, and the other student wears the date's ring on their wrist with the lighter colored ribbon.

Announced by a bugler's call, Corps of Cadets juniors march into the ballroom to a drum beat and  form in the shape of the class numerals. As each couple exchanges rings, "Moonlight and VPI," written specifically for the Ring Dance by composer Fred Waring and lyricist Charles Gaynor, is sung. The evening ends with an elaborate fireworks display on the Drillfield, the Gregory Guard on post at the Pylons, and the playing of "Silvertaps" by buglers.

The Class of 1935 held the first Ring Dance on April 27, 1934, where the ring figure, sabre arch, and presentation of the ring by the junior's date were introduced. The women wore white dresses and this became a tradition that has lasted for years.

While every color of gown is found on the dance floor, the women of the Junior Class Leadership Team wear white gowns. Since then, the fame of the Ring Dance spread across the nation, broadcast by radio, introducing many memorable highlights. Always, the dance is a night to remember for those receiving their rings.

The Dance has weathered cancellations during the years 1944-1946 due to World War II, one night in 2018 for a 15" snowfall, and 2020-2021 for the Covid pandemic. Through all the years, Ring Dance has continuted to be a manifestation of decorations, superior entertainment, and tradition. The entire weekend, which occurs in the spring of the junior year, is for the juniors and their dates. With the increase in size of the classes, the dance is now held on two evenings with juniors selecting one night to attend.

The Ring Dance at Virginia Tech: A Ribbon through Time Video

The Class of 2020 Ring Dance Video

Women dressed in long white dresses enter the Sabre Arch formed by two rows of Corps of Cadets members.

Black and white photo. A sabre arch by cadets with a line of women in white dresses ready to process under the arch.
The first Ring Dance in 1934 for the Class of 1935, held in the War Memorial Gym.
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Class Ring events are part of Hokie Impact, a program that gives students opportunities to get involved, give back, and make lifelong connections with the alumni community.