Following the tradition of all previous Grad Rat and Brass Rat rings, a beaver stands front and center on the bezel. As MIT’s enduring mascot, the beaver represents nature’s engineer and is a symbol of resilience, determination, and adaptability – characteristics embodied by the MIT graduate community. In its paws, the beaver holds a graduate degree while wearing its own Grad Rat. The beaver is pictured facing Boston while gazing fondly back at MIT, representing the countless graduates embarking on their journeys into the real world, while carrying the knowledge and lessons learned at MIT with them. 

On the left bank of the Charles River, the MIT campus stands tall. The Great Dome, a symbol of the institute’s commitment to excellence, overlooks the river. To the right of the Dome stands Walker Memorial, home to the Muddy Charles Pub – a safe haven for graduate students to come together and relax, recharge, and celebrate their accomplishments over a few well-deserved beers. Also featured are some of MIT’s most recognizable buildings – the Lisa T. Su Building, the Green Building, and the Stata Center – symbolizing the Institute’s dedication to innovation and pushing the boundaries of science and technology. Beyond campus, the Longfellow Bridge connects Cambridge to Boston, where prominent features on the Boston skyline are shown, including 111 Huntington Avenue, the Prudential Tower, and the Citgo sign. A Tech Dinghy sails along the Charles River, representing both MIT’s history of naval design and a favorite pastime of many graduate students at MIT. 

Many other hidden symbols and easter eggs unique to MIT and its culture are also featured throughout the bezel – we encourage you to try and find them all!

 The Grad Rat you see here today is a modern rendition of a nearly 100-year-old MIT class ring tradition passed down through many generations of students and alumni. As you set forth into the world, wear your Grad Rat proudly and know that it symbolizes the boundless possibilities that await you as an MIT graduate.

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