Texas Tech Official Class Ring Ceremonies Set

Students receive symbol of university during ceremonies

The Texas Tech University Alumni Association will hold its Official Class Ring ceremonies for the fall semester tonight, Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 13, 14 and 15) in the banquet hall of the Merket Alumni Center, near 17th Street and University Avenue.

The event, co-hosted by the Student Alumni Association Board of Directors, begins with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tuesday night, Jim Brink, senior vice provost, will present the rings and Robert Wernsman, professor of mass communications, will announce the ring recipients for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Mass Communications and Health Sciences Center.

Wednesday Texas Tech President Jon Whitmore will present the rings and William Marcy, Texas Tech provost, will announce the ring recipients for the College of Architecture, Rawls College of Business Administration, College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Education.

Thursday Marcy will present the rings and Wernsman will announce the ring recipients for the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Engineering and the College of Human Sciences.

A symbol of academic achievement, the Official Class Ring is a tradition brought back from the 1950’s that will never change. In 1999, students, alumni and administrators collaborated to design a ring that will remain the same forever.

Each ring captures the essence of Texas Tech with the Double T on top, surrounded by the university’s name and date of establishment. The words "Strive for Honor" from "The Matador Song" are forged inside each ring. This phrase serves as a reminder to each graduate to excel with integrity in all future endeavors. Upon graduation, ring recipients turn their rings with the Double T facing outward, signifying graduating from Texas Tech and the beginning of their careers.

A portion of the proceeds from the rings benefit First Generation Scholarships. For more information about the Texas Tech Official Class Ring ceremonies, contact the Texas Tech Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641.