It's an iconic symbol visible all over Rapid City ... And today it's getting its annual makeover ... Part of a right of passage for School of Mines students.
As part of M–Week, students past and present gather for a picnic at Founders Park.
Sporting colorful costumes and enjoying each other's company before making the long hike up M-Hill for the long-held tradition of "white washing" the letters on M–Hill".
A fresh coat of white paint was poured and students "rode the wave" down on frisbees to insure a good coat.
The event is seen as a good way of creating a link between classes and with past alumni.
School of Mines sophomore Rachel Raysby says, "It's a great school tradition it get all the freshman involved in all the tradition & a really great way to get known on campus."
In describing her first experience with "white washing", one freshman whitewasher added," I thought it was going be a lot more dangerous., but you just got to go for it...go all out...you only live once...that's what you've got to do."
M–Week continues tomorrow with a parade in downtown Rapid city and Hardrocker football against Jamestown College.