Day of Student Recognition

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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. The 92nd Day of Student Recognition will be held on April 16, 2015.


The Day of Student Recognition event recognizes students who are outstanding in the areas of service and/or leadership. If you are currently enrolled and taking a minimum of six credits, you are encouraged to apply. You may receive a scholarship or award at this important event! Applications will be available here on February 9th.

Nominate a Student:

All faculty, administration, staff and students are encouraged to help acknowledge the co-curricular leadership and service achievements of MSU students. The nomination form will be available here on February 9th.

Student Organization Selections Committee:

As part of the criteria to receive Mass Funding, your student organization is responsible to send two (2) members to participate in the DSR Selections process. Club members will be responsible to carefully and critically review applications submitted by peers and determine winners for awards. Selections will take place on Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30-7:30pm in the Procrastinator Theatre. The registration form will be available here on February 9th.

Accommodations to attend:

The Office of Activities & Engagement will make reasonable accommodations for known disabilities that may interfere with an individual's ability to participate. Persons requiring such accommodations should make their requests to Laurynn Olson as soon as possible before the meeting/event to allow adequate time for special arrangements. 


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.