When Emily Tedesco was a student at the University of South Carolina, she was originally against having a class ring.
“I had a class ring in high school and never wore it anymore and I figured I would do the same with a college ring,” she says.
That original sentiment changed during her senior year when she began to reflect on the impact of her South Carolina experience.
“I began to feel a sense of pride in UofSC that had not always been there,” she says. “Sure, I'd always loved my university, but in those moments of wondering, ‘will these be my last days here,’ I began to understand how important UofSC was to who I am.”
That fall, Emily ordered a class ring and attended the spring 2016 ring ceremony on the Historic Horseshoe (pictured above) to take part in a special South Carolina tradition.
“The moment I put on my ring, I never wanted to take it off. And I haven't,” she says.
Her class ring is a reminder of the love she has for her alma mater which will never be lost especially with her two degrees from South Carolina and working in the university’s academic affairs office.
At the end of the day, the ring is more than just a symbol of where she went to school, but a sense of pride for some of the best years of her life.
“There's something about seeing other people wearing their rings that makes you feel like you're connected to them and to the university,” she says. “I'm so glad I have my ring and I'm proud to be an alumna of the University of South Carolina.”