Class ring from 1899 donated to Elon

Katie Nash
Nov. 18, 2009

Class ring from 1899. Photo courtesy of University Relations.

An 1899 class ring worn by Everett Doggett Summers was recently donated to the Archives and Special Collections.   Anna Lois Bulla (the niece of E.D. Summers) remembers wearing the small gold ring as a child, with the inscription “99” on the outside of the ring and her uncle’s initials on the inside.  Bulla, 90, of Concord, N.C.,  said,  “I liked to wear it to school because I didn’t have any rings, and the other kids thought it was special.”

Members of the class of 1899. Photo courtesy of University Relations.

The class of 1899 had 12 members, and the class photograph shows the male students wearing the ring on their pinky fingers.  The graduating class of 1899 included: Walter Monroe Brown, John Turrentine Cobb, Jennie Pretlow Holland, David Jennings Sipe, Anna Elizabeth Pierce, David Palmer Barrett, Charles Everett Newman, Ada DeWitt Michael, Estelle Walker, Ned Faucette Brannock, and William Allen Harper.

The ring will be on display in Johnston Hall so the Elon community, alumni, and friends of Elon can enjoy this unique piece of Elon’s history.

Change from 3-hour to 4-hour credit classes at Elon

Pam Richter – Class of 2011
Nov. 5, 2009

Sitting in class for an hour and forty minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays may seem like a daunting task for some students. What many students may not realize is that class times weren’t always this long.


A description from the Elon College Academic Catalog in 1994-1995, which was the first year the curriculum was changed.

In the fall of 1994, Elon College changed from a three-hour credit system to a four-hour credit system after the faculty voted on the change in April 1993. This change was in conjunction with the new General Studies program that was taking place at the time. Some educational departments were forced to rework their entire curriculum, where as others weren’t as drastically impacted by the change.

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