MSU Tower Guard

Michigan State University's Tower Guard is distinguished as 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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Tower Guard Family Legacy Celebrated at May Morning Sing

With the rich history of prestige at MSU, it has been a norm for members of the same family to attend and create a legacy. That's no exception for Tower Guard, MSU's oldest campus-based student organization.

Dr. Christopher Dunckle Named 2016 Outstanding Alumnus

At the end of April, the RCPD hosted its Annual Awards and Appreciation Reception, where Dr. Christopher Dunckle was honored as the RCPD Outstanding Alumnus for 2016.

A Tower Guard’s Experience, A Spartan’s Will to Achieve, and their 57 Years of Marriage

Rachel joined the Tower Guard Organization in 1950 and remarked, “The very best part of Tower Guard was that I met Bill McCready.” She spent the next 61 years reading to him.