Day of Student Recognition
The Day of Student Recognition is an annual event hosted by the Office of Activities & Engagement to honor our students who are exemplary in leadership and service.
History of DSR:
In the year 1900, only 7 years after Montana State College was founded, the senior
men and women proceeded across campus in their caps and gowns as part of their graduation
ceremony. During this processional, seniors stopped at various buildings where department
heads and top students gave speeches.
In 1912, wands wrapped with blue and gold ribbon were presented to the graduating seniors who then participated in a “Wand Dance” to symbolize their departure.
In May of 1923, the campus of Montana State College witnessed its first Women’s Day. Under the direction of Una B. Herrick, the first Dean of Women, this unique Women’s Day Ceremony was established and continued as an annual tradition. During those early programs, physical education and physical fitness were emphasized, with awards going to outstanding female college athletes. At that time, the senior wand dance was incorporated into Women’s Day as the “Blue and Gold Processional”, and was performed by the “Cap and Gown Society”.
In 1927, the Cap and Gown Society became the 27th chapter of Mortar Board in the country. 2012 marks the 94th anniversary of Mortar Board on the MSU campus. During the Mortar Board Awards, this tradition continues.
The Original Women’s Day has changed significantly over its long history. The emphasis on physical fitness and athletic achievements declined and the program evolved into a campus wide event recognizing students for their achievements in leadership, service and scholarship.
In 1977, for the first time, awards recognizing men were included with major awards
for men added in 1982.
The name was changed in 1983 to the Montana State University Day of Student Recognition.