Class rings serve as link between students and university

Total ring sales beat out previous years

By Allison Price
On April 18, 2014

ASU's ring ceremony will honor 96 students Thursday, April 24, at an event sponsored by the Alumni Association.

"This is a tradition that we do every semester, so we will have a fall ceremony and a spring ceremony," Alumni Association Director Kimberly Adams said. "It is amazing to see their eyes when everyone opens that box for the first time, all together."

Adams said in order to qualify to purchase a ring, a student needs 75 credit hours. E-mails are then sent to the qualified students with information about when Balfour representatives will be on campus and steps to purchase the ring online or in person.

"We try to set up four days with the representative on campus where you can purchase the ring," she said. "We get a list from Balfour on everyone who has purchased the ring, and we start communicating with our ring recipients about the ring ceremony."

Ring recipient senior Edom Abebe said she wanted to purchase a ring because she wanted something that would remind her of all her memories at ASU.

"Over everything else, the ring will symbolize the great accomplishment I have had," Abebe said.

Adams said this is the highest number of rings they have sold, and she thinks it is because people want to have a connection with ASU after they leave.

"You look at our symbols, and you have your diploma on the wall and your class ring on your finger, and you are always connected back to your university," she said. "I really think we are seeing a lot more people leaning toward their traditions and symbolism and staying connected."

Abebe said she has worked with the Alumni Association for about three years and has helped with other ring ceremonies.

She said she is excited to actually be a part of one.

"I am inviting my family and friends to come out to the ceremony," she said. "I just want to thank my family for making sacrifices for me to come to college."

Adams said the ring ceremony is only about 20 minutes long. A guest speaker will talk about what the class ring means. Dr. Brian J. May will speak and then the specifics of what the ring symbolizes will be read.

It is also tradition to rub the class ring on Dominic's wool or horns for good luck.

"The ring recipients are all getting their rings at the same time, and it is fun to see that happen," Adams said.

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