FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 October 1998
CLASS OF 1999 RECEIVES RING
Some 340 senior or first class cadets recently received The Citadel class ring during a ceremony held on campus.
The Citadel ring signifies a host of accomplishments. It not only symbolizes a partial history of the state of South Carolina and The Citadel, but it also relates the ideals for which the college was founded. Almost every feature of the ring is symbolic of a goal or an attainment of past members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
From the oval crest of the ring dominated by the reproduction of the palmetto tree to the concept of victory blessed by peace represented by the laurel and the wreath, ideals of the military college are presented artistically.
Cadets are eligible to wear the rings upon becoming academic first class cadets. They wear the ring with the class numeral facing up to the wearers. After graduation exercises the rings are turned outward.
The Citadel male ring is a standard size and was standardized in 1940 by the Ring Committee with the approval of the Classes of 1940, 1941, and 1942. The Citadel female ring was approved in 1998 by the Ring Committee with the approval of the Classes of 1999, 2000 and 2001.