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West Point Opens (1802)

Before it was home to young men and women training to be US Army officers, West Point, New York, was the site of a military post. Congress signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy there in 1802, though it was initially an apprentice school for military engineers. Its curriculum broadened in 1866, and, after World War I, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and athletic programs. What collegiate tradition began at West Point? More...
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It was the first American college to have class rings.
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CLASS RINGS

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).

http://www.westpointaog.org/classrings
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