Ceremony unveils first official rings for UT students, alumni

UT students show off their official class rings

More than 300 University of Tennessee students, alumni, administrators, and guests attended the campus’s inaugural ceremony on November 9 to present official UT rings to students and alumni.

Chancellor CheekUT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek encouraged students to view the ring as a symbol of their achievements thus far. He said the students should take pride in knowing that wearing the ring represents the passion they have for their university.

UT Student Government Association (SGA) President Tommy Jervis and former SGA President Jeff Wilcox (’09) made remarks at the ceremony before receiving their new official rings.

Proud friends and family snapped photographs as the dean from each student’s college presented them with their new ring.


Student receiving ringOnly students and alumni who have earned at least 60 credit hours from UT are eligible to wear the ring, which will forever serve as a proud symbol of their achievements at UT. Graduate students who have earned at least 20 credit hours are also eligible.

UT’s Official Ring Ceremony will take place each fall during Homecoming week. For more information about the Official Ring program, contact Eric Haag, director of alumni programs, at ehaag@utk.edu.

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Wendell Harkleroad, MBA '73 December 17, 2010 - 3:34 pm

This is a great step by UT! I am and MBA ’73 graduate of UT, but also a graduate of the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO, Class of 1965. The graduates of the US Service Academies have a great class ring tradition; they proudly wear their class rings, and would fight any one to keep them. When the Air Force cadets receive their rings at their “ring dining in” they put them on their fingers with their Class Shield side closest to their heart. The day they graduate, they immediately turn their class rings around to display the traditional Shield of the Academy closest to their hearts…forever.

Dr. Walt Hines December 18, 2010 - 2:37 pm

How is this first official ring different from the official UT ring I already have?

Walt Hines
BS, 1958


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