The 93rd Annual 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.


Learn about the various awards HERE!

Faculty, Staff, and Students are Invited to Join the Day of Student Recognition Scholarship Selections Committee

The Day of Student Recognition is an annual event that honors students who are exemplary in leadership and service. On average, we honor 60 students at this award ceremony and give out $17,500 in scholarship money. The event date is April 14th, 2016.

The MSU Office of Activities and Engagement invites MSU faculty, staff, and students to join the Day of Student Recognition Scholarship Selections Committee.  The committee will consist of 30 faculty, staff, and students. Each committee member will be responsible for reviewing between 15-20 applications. The application consists of an activities resume and responses to 2-3 essay questions, totaling 3-5 pages. The review process will be done electronically between March 4th-16th. This is a terrific opportunity to be involved in recognizing MSU students with a high level of engagement on campus and in the community.

If you would like to be a part of the Day of Student Recognition Scholarship Selections Committee, please sign up HERE. Spots are limited!

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. 2015 marks the 97th 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.