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Class Ring Memorial Program

Seventy-one rings were donated to the Ring Melt for the Class of 2023, spanning 1909-2004. 

Class of 2023 Ring Donor Biography Book


Program Origin

In 1999, LTC (Ret.) Ron Turner ’58 submitted an article to Assembly magazine that contained the following suggestion: “We, as graduates of West Point, should establish a Memorial Class Ring Program… whereby graduates may bequeath (or graduates' descendants may donate) West Point class rings for the specific purpose of incorporating the gold into the class rings of future graduates.” In November of 2000, Turner's idea became a reality as 31 rings were melted at the Herff Jones company in Providence, RI, and the Class of 2002 became the first to receive the gold from this historic undertaking in their rings. By 2022, a total of 740 rings have been donated to the Class Ring Memorial Program. These donated rings are a tangible sign of the enduring bonds of the Long Gray Line. May the service and sacrifice of the ring donors remain physically and symbolically with each future West Point graduating class as they proudly wear their class rings. See complete listings of ring donors organized by donor class year or alphabetically or cadet class list.

We are now accepting ring donations for the West Point Class of 2024's Ring Melt. The cut-off to donate a ring for their Ring Melt is October 1, 2022.

To read about the different Ring Melt ceremonies and each donor’s biography, please click the links below. To donate a ring to the Class Ring Memorial Program, contact Class Services at 845.446.1614, or send an email to RingMemorialProgram@wpaog.org. Please send in this donation form along with your ring donation.

Stones are not included in the melt. If you do not have the stones removed before mailing, your ring our local jeweler will remove the stone. We will return the stones to the donor or donor family either at the melt or following the melt. If you desire an appraisal on the ring for tax purposes, please do so before mailing in the ring. The attached donation form has additional information. Please send a completed donation form along with your ring donation.

You may also use this form if you wish to will your class ring to the Memorial Class Ring Program (questions about tax deductibility should be posed to a tax attorney; WPAOG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization).

Class Ring Memorial Program - Class Year Archive

Program Founder | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023

Ring Melt FAQ's


Gold: (Special Events: Individual Events) Ring Melt – Tangible Connection Between Cadets and West Point Graduates

 
Silver: (General Information) West Point Cadets Receive Their Class Rings Video

 
Silver: Circle of Excellence for the Promotional Video. View the Video that aided the Judges in deciding to choose WPAOG for this award.


Honorable Mention: Telling the Story of the West Point Ring Melt