Over 250 years ago, on November 10, 1766, 10 years before the American Revolution, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was founded. The Scarlet Council and the Rutgers University Alumni Association celebrate the birthday of the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the United States! Starting as a small sectarian college to now a leading national public research institution, join us to celebrate our place in the history of higher education and create a sense of belonging and pride in being scarlet forever!
Engraved Kirkpatrick Chapel building stones have been a graduation tradition since 1876. Initially, each graduating class would choose the location of the stone to be engraved. In later years, new stones were placed adjacent to the stone belonging to the class that graduated 50 years before.
The Scarlet Council and the Rutgers University Alumni Association have resurrected this piece of Rutgers history and brought old class stone unveilings back into the student experience! Each year seniors and their complementing 50th alumni class participate in the time-honored tradition of etching their class stone and taking home a personal keepsake of Rutgers history!