The ring statue was unveiled on Oct. 14, 2011. The statue is made of bronze and weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. It was a gift to The Citadel Alumni Association from Palmetto Balfour, a national class ring manufacturer. Each Parents’ Weekend, the numbers on the crest of the ring are changed to represent the current class of seniors receiving their rings. The statue was made at the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas.
Located on the Isle of Palms, the current beach house was completed in 1995, replacing an earlier building that was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Robert R. McCormick was an executive with the Chicago Herald Tribune newspaper, a personal friend of Gen. Charles Pelot Summerall, and a Citadel benefactor. The Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation provided the funds to furnish the new beach house.