Tower Guard

Michigan State University's Tower Guard is distinguished as one of the oldest active MSU-based student organization, and celebrated 75 years of service during the 2008-2009 academic year. Membership in Tower Guard is founded upon four "corners" or "pillars": leadership, service, scholarship, and character. The organization's main commitment is to serve students with disabilities. Each member upholds this tradition by dedicating a total of 120 hours of reading textbooks and exams through the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

The organization has an extensive list of traditions that have evolved over the years. Tower Guard remains active on campus through annual Homecoming tours of Beaumont Tower, and the Shamrock 5K Run/Walk/Roll.

Tower Guard is the only student organization that holds the key to Beaumont Tower. In the early years when Tower Guard was comprised of 20 - 25 members, the meetings were held on the second floor of the Tower; today's larger membership allows only the officers to continue this tradition. Though Tower Guard has evolved over the years, it continues to serve as a prominent model of leadership, service, scholarship, and character for the entire MSU community. The Tower Guard and the RCPD have developed a scholarship program that benefits Tower Guard scholars during their junior and senior years.

Make a gift to the MSU Tower Guard.

This donor-supported program provides awareness and expanded opportunity for persons with disabilities. You can help support this initiative or find out more about other RCPD programs and giving opportunities by visiting the Financial Contributions page.

Tower Guard in Action

Using a tactile map of the campus 

Keep in touch with Tower Guard during the academic year. Do you have a special memory or story about your experience as a Tower Guard member? Please share it with us by clicking on this share your story link.

*Historic photographs belong to the university and are courtesy of MSU Archives & Historical Collections

Tower Guard in the News:

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Department of Undergraduate Education Celebrates Tower Guard Induction in Article

Every spring, a ceremony called May Morning Sing celebrates the induction of a new Tower Guard which consists of a select few of the top 5% of Michigan State’s freshman class.

Tower Guard Gives to the Community for the Holidays

The end of the year calls for holiday cheer, and Tower Guard students prepared for the mission. This fall semester wrapped up with a never-been-done-before fundraiser aimed to raise funds to create gift baskets for children at Sparrow Hospital, located in the Lansing community.

Hard Work and Determination Yield New Awareness for Honor Students

For the first time ever, in recognition with the importance of maximizing opportunity, Tower Guard members experienced the intensity of learning Braille this year when a Braille class was offered by the RCPD.