GradRat @ MIT

The ring to commemorate your graduate experience at MIT


Department Shank

The department shank is adorned by the fearless Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, who is also the namesake of MIT’s academic computing environment which many graduate students frequently use.

She symbolizes intelligence and courage, which MIT graduate students embody in their research endeavors and coursework, as well as resilience, demonstrated by graduate students during the many manuscript rejections and revisions that are part of the paper publication process. Athena boldly thrusts her spear in her left hand symbolizing progress and forward-thinking, and holds her iconic shield in her right hand bearing the icon unique to the ring owner’s home department or program.

At the bottom of her shield is the graduation year every graduate student has looked forward to so anxiously.