A special ceremony in the historic Chapel of Memories allowed a group of students to connect with Bulldog graduates of the past and uphold a revered tradition.
Eligible students were presented with their MSU class rings during an official MSU Ring Ceremony in April. Participants were able to share the special moment with family and friends in attendance.
The official MSU ring was originally designed in 1935 and remains a special keepsake for MSU alumni as it links generations of Bulldog graduates. The MSU Alumni Association serves as caretaker of the ring program and strives to create meaningful ways for the rings to be presented to upcoming graduates.
“The MSU ring is a tradition with deep roots here at Mississippi State, and we want that tradition to once again be a mainstay among students and alumni alike, which led us to introduce this new ceremony at the chapel,” said Alumni Association Executive Director Jeff Davis. “The MSU ring serves as ‘a diploma on the finger’ and proudly tells the world that the wearer is a Mississippi State graduate.”
The night before the ceremony, the rings were placed in the Chapel of Memories where MSU ROTC cadets stood guard. The gesture paid tribute to the institution’s strong military history and linked the rings of current students to those presented and worn by students from other eras.
MSU President Mark E. Keenum proudly presented the students with their rings. During the ceremony, each honoree was recognized and given an opportunity to ring a special gold cowbell three times, signifying the university’s trifold mission of learning, research and service. At the ceremony’s close, recipients joined in unison to place the rings on their fingers to demonstrate their new status as MSU alumni.
“We are thrilled to bring excitement and attention back to the MSU Class Ring, and we hope future bulldogs will join us in marking this annual milestone by participating in the ceremony,” Davis said.