UNT spring senior ring presentation ceremony is April 22
What: Presentation of rings to University of North Texas spring graduates
When: Reception at 6:30 p.m., ceremony at 7:15 p.m., April 22 (Thursday)
Where: Ballroom, UNT Gateway Center, located on North Texas Boulevard between Eagle Drive and Highland Street.
Contact: Alumni Association at 940-565-2834.
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- This semester's Ring Presentation Ceremony at the University of North Texas will take place at 7:15 p.m. on April 22 (Thursday) in the ballroom at the UNT Gateway Center. Prior to the ceremony, ring recipients and their guests can enjoy food and beverages at a reception, which starts at 6:30 pm.
Brendan Higgins, class of 1992 and president of the UNT Alumni Associations' Board of Directors, will address the recipients and explain the symbols adorning the UNT ring. Derrick Morgan, executive director of the UNT Alumni Association, will then present upcoming UNT graduates with their class rings. Business casual attire is requested.
The ring ceremony, sponsored by the UNT Alumni Association, is the first opportunity for students to receive their class rings. Those who do not attend the ceremony will be able to pick up their rings at the UNT Alumni Center starting April 23 (Friday). The rings will be available at the center for approximately two weeks before they are mailed to students.
Students who purchased a class ring by this semester's deadline for ring production received an invitation to participate in this event. Each ring recipient must RSVP for the event by April 12 (Monday) and is allowed to invite a maximum of five guests. Ring recipients must RSVP to 940-565-2834, firstname.lastname@example.org or register online.
The McConnell Tower, the clock tower atop the Hurley Administration Building, will be lit green that evening to celebrate the academic achievements of the spring semester's ring recipients. Ring ceremonies are held each November and April.
Prior to graduation, it is tradition for students to wear the ring with the "University of North Texas" name facing inward as a reminder of future goals and achievements. At the graduation ceremony, graduates may turn the ring to face outward when moving the tassel.
Symbols of the UNT ring
- The top of the UNT ring is adorned with the Lone Star, representing Texas, and an optional green stone, the school color.
- One side of the ring features the university seal, which includes the lamp of learning – symbolizing academic achievement and the continuous pursuit of excellence – and elements of the State of Texas seal, the Lone Star, encircled by olive and live oak branches, signifying peace and strength. At the bottom of the UNT seal rests 1890, the year of the university's founding.
- The McConnell Tower is featured on the opposite side of the ring. The hands of the first clock face on the tower are set at one o'clock, honoring the internationally recognized One O'Clock Lab Band. The hands of the second face are set at seven o'clock, recalling the evening curfew for students in Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute in 1892.
- Below the seal the eagle, the official mascot, is shown with wings spread and open talons, to which students and alumni pay tribute through an eagle claw hand signal, representing pride and unity.