Class Ring Conventions
Possessing and wearing a West Point Class Ring carries great significance since it is the symbol of the perpetual bond of the “Long Gray Line.”
Starting in 1980, class constitutions included regulations relating to the class ring. According to those bylaws...
“The retention and wear of the Class Ring shall be governed by the tradition of the United States Military Academy as follows:
- The (year) Class Ring may be worn upon its formal presentation to the Class of (year).
- The family of any deceased member of the class may retain the ring.
- The (year) Class Ring may be purchased and worn only by the USMA Class of (year) graduates who graduate on Graduation Day for the Class of (year) or prior to January (following year).
Cadets who have purchased the Class Ring and subsequently resign, or are separated prior to graduation or are turned back to a subsequent class, will be required to return their ring ...to the manufacturer for reimbursement in accordance with the procedures established by the United States Military Academy...”
Learn about the Annual Memorial Ring Melt...
Class Rings on Display
In 1996, the Class of '86 donated a special case to the Corps of Cadets in order to recognize the significance of the Class Ring throughout the Academy's history.
Housed on the second floor of the Jefferson Library, this exhibit showcases the evolution of the Class Ring through its many variations of a common theme. See the collection
The classes listed below do not have a ring in the display. Contact the Jefferson library at 845.938.3833 if you can help fill a gap.
1835, 1838, 1839, 1840, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1848, 1852, 1855, 1857, 1858, May 1861, 1978, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2007-present
The case also needs all women’s rings from 1980 until present (except the Class of 1992).
To donate a ring for your class, contact the Jefferson Library at 845.938.3833.
Marie Lewis '04
Associate Director of Class Services
Jo Ann Shipley
Assistant, Class Services