Your stories, and experiences with, your Clemson Rings


Personal Sacrifice by Colonel Ben Skardon ‘38

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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 Central Luzon (the main island of the Philippines), the physical condition of many POWs deteriorated. Hundreds died from lack of sufficient food, medicine and [...]

Ring History video by Dr. Jerry Reel

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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 state tree, the palmetto, began appearing in the center. In 1927, the name Clemson College was added to the area surrounding the center stone.

An [...]

My Father’s Ring

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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 Corps) into the war zone, my mother decided it would be a good idea to send him a wedding ring. He dutifully wore [...]

Stolen in Central

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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 ring with the other person’s name, year (1969) and Delta Delta Delta , and BS on the side panels?  I figure it was melted down [...]

Recognized and Connected

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

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. One Sunday at church I heard our pastor’s wife calling me from across the room to come show her my hand. I thought she wanted [...]

Lost in London

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

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

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Mike Kelsey can remember driving down the hill from his home in Media, Pennsylvania “wailing all the way.”
Read the story published in the Troy Messenger by Janie Treadwell. May 31, 2010

Hopefully Not Three Times!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

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

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

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.


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