"Class of 2013, don your rings." With those three words, Class of 2013 cadets snapped open the boxes and placed the new class rings on their fingers, Aug. 24, 2012, during a ceremony at Trophy Point. The tradition of wearing a class ring originated at the U.S. Military Academy in 1835. This was the 12th West Point class to benefit from the West Point Association of Graduates' Ring Memorial program which combines the melted gold from donated rings of graduates into the current class rings. A Ring Melt was conducted last March, which added 42 rings into the crucible to bring the total to 238.