A Symbol of Remembrance

It is an honor and a privilege to wear a Clemson ring, and it is with great pride and respect that I show it to anyone who sees it or asks. When I look at my ring, I see more than a piece of jewelry; instead, the memories, sights and sounds overwhelm me.

I see the memories with my family, my engagement at “Beautiful Tiger Field” surrounded by friends, First Friday Parades and all-day tailgates. I remember walking into graduation at Littlejohn Coliseum and making eye contact with my father. I hear Tiger Band and the sound of the cadence cheer and the Alma Mater; I feel the stadium shake when the team runs down the hill. I remember the profound sadness of moving out of my graduate student office and saying goodbye to friends and colleagues. Clemson brought me friends who have taught me that time and distance are never threats to true friendship.

The ring is all about what a truly unique place Clemson is and how it touched my life. I consider it my honor to be an ambassador of Clemson University, and I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to tell the world about “Where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness, Where the Tigers play.”

– Laura Herrick M ‘93

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