The history of the Clemson Ring

Clemson Ring History

Clemson issued the first class rings in 1896. The fine gold and enamel rings had nothing to identify them with Clemson until 1901, when the letter “C” accompanied by the…

The Sanders family all in orange

The Sanders family is truly Solid Orange

Clemson freshman Leslie Sanders wasn’t nervous about starting college this fall. She knew she already had a support system on campus in her four siblings who also attend Clemson.

Ben Skardon talking about the Clemson Ring

Personal Sacrifice

During the months that followed the fall of Bataan to Japanese Army Troops [WWII] and the subsequent imprisonment of captured American troops at the large POW camp at Cabanatuan in…

My Father’s Ring

My father was a Class of 1936 graduate who wore his Clemson ring during World War II in the Philippines. About the time the Army began sending WACs (Women’s Army…

Stolen in Central

My ring was stolen in the 70’s from my home in Central.  The T.V. and hunting rifles were still there but “they” took my class ring.  Who would wear someone’s…

Recognized and Connected

After 6 amazing years at Clemson, I moved to Boston with my new husband in the fall of 2009. It took a while to start making new friends and connections….

Lost in London

About halfway though a flight from London (Gatwick) to Atlanta I realized that I had taken my ring off

Kelsey waits 42 years to get ring back

Mike Kelsey can remember driving down the hill from his home in Media, Pennsylvania “wailing all the way.”

Hopefully Not Three Times!

In 1995, I was attending a conference in Monterey, California, 3000 miles from home. One night, a group of us decided to have a bonfire on the beach. For some reason, I took my ring off and put it in the pocket of my jacket along with my keys.

Tailgating Lost and Found

In the fall of 2006 I was tailgating with family and friends before the Georgia Tech football game. We were grilling out by some trees in the area below Shotgun Alley. It was not until later that night that I realized I had lost my Clemson class ring.

Rings Old and New

I was so excited to get my Clemson ring in 2005 and was equally devastated when, in the summer of 2008, I realized I didn’t have it.

Snowball Fight

It was the winter of my senior year and we were being blessed with a decent snowfall in the foothills… since these winter wonders were rare, it was incumbent upon all Clemson men and women to make the most of them before they melted away.

Dumpster Diving

Around 1998, I was doing some substitute teaching at a school in Blenheim, SC. It was a busy spring day, and I wasn’t paying much attention to myself as I emptied out my pockets of the day’s trash.

A Ringing Coincidence

I lost my 1959 Clemson Ring in the field training as a 2nd Lt at Fort Benning in 1962. A few months later at Fort Holabird, Baltimore, Maryland, it came back to me in the mail with no explanation.

Friend in the Forest

A fellow alum/co-worker and I were hunting deer in Kershaw Co., SC one cold day in November in 2003. My companion had some luck in taking a deer so

Father’s Ring

My Dad, Charles M. Hagan, From Due West, SC, Graduated in 1924, I graduated in 1954. I lost My ring in Europe.. When My Father passed on, his ring was given…

My Special Class of ’39 Ring

Although I am only sixty years old, I wear the great class of ’39 ring – the only woman to do so. Members of this class are now in their early 90’s and are all men.

Clemson Ring Trick

As a Navy contractor in the mid-80s, I was attempting to gain access Naval Air Station Norfolk one morning via an auxiliary gate to avoid having to drive all the way around the base to get to the main gate to get a pass.

Twin Wins

I lost my class ring in downtown Minneapolis in 1987 while celebrating the Minnesota Twin World Series victory.

Buried Treasure

I’ve been active for about two years in the hobby of metal detecting. Recently, I had a find that made a great change in the way I look at “treasure.”

One of a Kind

When I received my class ring in October 1937, it became my most prized possession. It helped me meet other Clemson men at Air Corps bases throughout WWII.

Faithful Companion

My Clemson ring is like a boomerang. No matter how far it gets away from me, it always comes back.

This Whopper Didn’t Get Away

In 1989, I was in Boston, Mass., on business, and I stopped at a Burger King to get a Whopper.

Underwater Adventures

My husband, John Nutt, graduated from Clemson A&M College in 1960 and was given a ring by his parents.

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…

A Little Help from Friends.

Since 1997, I’ve been living in Lancaster, Calif., contracting to Lockheed as a systems and database administrator in the F-22 Flight Test Data Center.

Family Ties

My grandfather, Bob Jones ’30, and I graduated from Clemson 60 years apart. When my grandfather passed away, I was given his Clemson ring.

Second to None

Forty-five years ago, my mother and father gave me a graduation present. This present served as a symbol to remind me of the sacrifices they made to give me my…

Brotherly Love

My brother [Robert W. Twilley ‘00] started attending Clemson in 1994 and fell in love with Clemson and the area.

Simply Forever

When, as a new student, I first learned that all Clemson rings are the same, I was disappointed. I wanted to be able to add my own personal touch to…