Ivy stone

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An ivy stone or Ivy Day stone is a class memorial stone unveiled at annual Ivy Day celebrations at older colleges in the Northeastern United States.


Planting the ivy and laying the class ivy stone on Ivy Day at Hathorn Hall at Bates College in Maine, ca. 1895

Ivy stones are often placed on the sides of academic buildings at several American universities and colleges that are in the Ivy League or considered Little Ivies. Since 1873 at the University of Pennsylvania and since 1879 at Bates College, students have unveiled class ivy stones at the annual ivy day preceding commencement.[1][2] Princeton University also places class ivy stones on the walls of its buildings.

The class may also have a procession and plant ivy.[3][4]


  1. ^ Penn website (accessed February 27, 2009)
  2. ^ Bates College website (accessed February 27, 2009)
  3. ^ UPENN website (accessed February 27, 2009)
  4. ^ Bates College website (accessed February 27, 2009)