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March 2014

Ring Ceremony is an Increasingly Popular Ritual for Grads and Students


Hundreds of students and alumni dunk their rings in a reflecting pool on the mall.

The UT Dallas ring ceremony has become a rite of passage for students and a growing tradition for alumni. Though years have passed since graduation, many alumni are purchasing UT Dallas rings and participating in ring ceremonies that didn't exist when they were students.

At the ceremony to be held on May 14, hundreds of former students will be formally presented with their rings—a tangible reminder of the bond between alumni and the University that shaped their futures. The tradition’s growing popularity is marked by a ceremonial dunking of the ring.

UT Dallas’ standardized ring design was adopted by the former Alumni Association in 2001. The letters “UTD” on the ring top identify the wearer as a graduate. One side emphasizes the University's Texas heritage, displaying the state flag matched with the Lone Star, crossed by the UT Dallas Comet. The degree received is also designated. The other side includes the seal of The University of Texas System with the year of UT Dallas’ founding in 1969, as well as the year that the wearer graduated.

Rings may be ordered over the phone, online or in person. To view styles and order your ring, visit utdallas.edu/ring or stop by the Visitor Center atrium March 25 and 26 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to meet with a Balfour representative. To participate in the spring ring ceremony, you must place your order by March 28. Learn more at the UT Dallas Ring webpage.


Fall 2014 Ring Ceremony
When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7 p.m.
Where: Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building Lecture Hall
Details: The ring ceremony is for all UT Dallas graduates and undergraduate students with at least 75 credit hours and graduate students with at least 15 credit hours.

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