Make History: Sign the Beam

We tell you to leave your mark on the world. We tell you to be part of something bigger than yourself. And now you have the chance to do that today by signing the beam—the beam that will be the highest beam of the new Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center.

You can be part of this exciting time in Stetson University’s history by leaving the most important mark of all—your name.

In the construction industry, when the highest beam is placed atop a structure during the construction phase, it’s traditional to celebrate the topping out of the new structure.  

According to Bob Lipscomb, CEO of Williams Company Construction, “A Topping Out celebration signifies that the building has reached the top. The tradition was first used in ancient Scandinavia and has continued for centuries.”

Needless to say Stetson is not ancient Scandinavia, but we do value celebrating new traditions just the same.

The beam is now set on the red gravel at the northeast corner of the construction fence surrounding the Welcome Center. All students, faculty and staff are invited to sign the beam before it becomes part of the new structure and way too high to reach.

Details about Stetson’s Topping Out Celebration for the new Rinker Welcome Center will be forthcoming. For now, make history. Join your friends, colleagues and classmates and SIGN THE BEAM!