Carnegie Mellon University

Finals muffins (sometimes referred to as “Maggie’s Muffins”) is a tradition that was started by Margaret Cyert while her husband, Dr. Richard Cyert, was president of the university.  Maggie would bake muffins and distribute them to students as they headed to finals in order to assure they ate a good breakfast prior to taking mentally taxing exams.  Today, the Division of Student Affairs in collaboration with Dining Services and CulinArt, continues the tradition by passing out muffins during finals through funding received from Maggie.  (As she does not wish to be publicly credited for her generosity, the students know the program as “Finals Muffins”).