Video: Secrets of the Brass Rat
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The “Brass Rat”—as MIT’s class ring is affectionately known—is so iconic that it helps unacquainted alums recognize each other across a crowded room. Yet its details are so customized by each year’s student committee that the ring’s manufacturers say the job is upping their game. Watch the new MIT News video above to see what goes into the design and unveiling of this distinctive symbol of the Institute, the history of which goes back to 1929.
Want more? Get a closer look at the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Brass Rats. Learn more about the MIT graduate ring, known as the “Grad Rat,” which is redesigned in a similar process every five years. And get the details on how to care for and/or replace your ring.