Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The spring semester wraps up for USC students in a couple weeks. And with the end of a semester comes a treasured tradition.
"Our family is pretty much a die-hard Carolina family and we're very proud of it," USC alumni Tommy Woodham.
Woodham is a 1978 Carolina grad and he has the ring to prove it.
"I've always wanted it and I'm proud of it, I'm very proud of it," Tommy said.
Out of the thousands of students who pass through USC's campus, it's now his son, Alston's turn.
"It just makes me proud to be like, 'I have my ring from USC,'" Alston said.
Although class rings have been around for quite some time, USC didn't adopt an official design until 1999.
"I actually love the fact that it's changed, because now it's like my own personal ring," Alston said. "I've pretty much studied the way my dad's looked my whole life, so once I got mine and I saw how it looked it's more personalized to me."
As for Tommy, this ring symbolizes a lifetime commitment.
"I had an accident a long time ago with my wedding ring, it got caught on a piece of equipment and they had to cut it off and we never got another one," Tommy said. "So I moved my Carolina ring over to my left finger and said, 'Well I'm married to Carolina now,'" Tommy said.
And that connection now unites father and son.
"I don't think I'll ever take mine off. I'm glad I can finally share this with my dad," Alston said.
The first USC ring ceremony took place in May of 1999.