Official Ring Ceremony honors gilded Texas State tradition
By Catherine Harper
With its unique design and rich tradition, Texas State University’s class ring represents a university experience like no other. Next week, Bobcat seniors are invited to share in the shining tradition and history of the Official Ring Ceremony.
Since Texas State’s founding in 1899, the university has passed its unique legacy to its students. The Official Ring Ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Strahan Coliseum, commemorates this legacy with the receiving and dipping of class rings as well as the opportunity to share the pride of the Bobcat experience.
As an emblem of Texas State’s legacy, the class ring represents the meaning of being part of Texas State from the symbols etched in its surface to the traditions marked by wearing the ring.
The traditional receiving of the rings marks a turning point for graduation candidates. At this moment of the ceremony, Bobcat seniors can reflect on their achievement as they receive a token to their experience and the university itself.
Adorning the ring’s main surface are the university’s name and founding date — 1899 — along with the official Texas State Lone Star inside oak and laurel wreaths symbolizing the institution of the university. Engravings of Old Main and the Gaillardia — Texas State’s school flower — grace each side, memorializing the value of the experience as it comes to a close.
In keeping with Texas State tradition, soon-to-be graduates should wear their rings facing inward after receiving them so as to read the university title close to their palm. At their graduation ceremony, Bobcats should turn their rings outward to display the ferocity of their pride as they step out into the world.
Following the receiving of the rings, students will dip their rings in a fountain flowing with the waters of the San Marcos River. This act symbolizes the fluidity of time as family, friends and the community gather to celebrate their journey.
A reception for ring recipients with peers, loved ones and faculty members that have shared in their experience will accompany the event.
In order to secure a spot at this commemorative event, Bobcat seniors who ordered a ring should RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 23, online or by phone at 888.798.2586 (toll free) or 512.245.2371.
Business attire is encouraged at the ceremony. A student ID is also required in order to receive a Texas State class ring. Students need to arrive at Strahan Coliseum by 6:30 p.m. the day of the ceremony.
For more information about this event, go here.
UPDATE: This article has been modified from its original version. The time of ceremony, originally stated as 5:30 p.m., has been changed to 7 p.m. The location of the ceremony, originally stated as the Maroon and Gold Room at Strahan Coliseum, has been changed to Strahan Coliseum.