Ring Week is here!
September 21 – 25, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*We will close from 12:30 – 1 p.m. for all stations and equipment to be thoroughly cleaned.
Safely Ordering in Person
Come to the Etter-Harbin Alumn Center between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (We will close from 12:30 – 1 p.m. for all stations and equipment to be thoroughly cleaned)
Safety Requirements to Attend Ring Week:
All students/alumni will be required to wear masks.
All students must show proof that they received campus access for that day on the Protect Texas Together app.
We encourage Alumni to screen for symptoms before arriving on campus using the CDC's symptom checker.
Only the student/alumni ordering their ring and members of their household will be allowed into the Alumni Center.
Students/alumni should enter the Alumni Center through the Central Porch and take a place in line to check-in for Ring Week.
Safety Measures that will be in place at Ring Week:
Disposable ring sizers will be available.
All stations and equipment will be cleaned between each student/alumnus.
Plexiglass barriers will be setup at all stations.
Only one staff member and one student/alumnus will be allowed at each station at one time.
All staff will be required to show proof that they received campus access for that day on the Protect Texas Together app.
All staff will be required to wear masks and gloves.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
Floor markers will be placed throughout the building to ensure social distancing.
Additional signage will be placed throughout the building with safety guidelines all attendees must adhere follow.
Join the tradition!
Ring Week: September 21 -25, 2020
Tower Dedication: November 19, 2020
Ring Celebration: November 20, 2020
A Symbol of History & Tradition
The University of Texas ring was designed in 1996 by a committee of UT students. The UT Ring, rich in symbolism, is a lifelong emblem of burnt-orange pride. It symbolizes academic achievement at the university and is reserved exclusively for graduates and students who have completed at least 75 credit hours.
On one side of the ring is a recognizable symbol: The University of Texas Tower. The Tower, which is made from Indiana limestone and rises 307 feet, was completed in 1936. It has become the defining landmark on the Forty Acres, ever present for decades of campus life.
The top of the ring boasts a handsome version The University of Texas seal. The Latin motto, “Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis,” is a quote from former Republic of Texas President Mirabeau Lamar: “Education is the safeguard of democracy.”
Scrolled around the outside of the longhorn is the phrase, “The eyes of Texas are upon upon you.” The song titled “The Eyes of Texas” made its debut in 1903.
The longhorn is the mascot of the university. Associated with Texas and the West, the longhorn is a symbol of strength and determination. Bevo, the first live longhorn mascot, made his first appearance in 1916.
Above the longhorn is the Texas Exes symbol. It was first used in 1967 to “brand” ex-students of the university returning to campus for an annual reunion known as Round-Up. On the ring, it signifies that the wearer is linked to generations of University of Texas graduates.
How to Wear Your Ring
While a student, the ring is properly worn with the Tower facing in, signifying it is close to your heart. Upon graduation, the ring should be worn with the Texas Exes symbol facing in.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many completed credit hours do I need to order my ring?
All undergraduates must have 75 completed hours toward their degree to be eligible to purchase a class ring. All graduate students must have 16 completed hours toward their degree to be eligible to purchase a class ring. All hours currently in progress will not be counted toward the total hour count.
Do all my credits hours have to be UT credit hours?
All hours that count toward your degree—whether earned at UT or transferred in—will count toward the 75 completed hours needed to order your ring.
How long does it take to order a ring during Ring Week?
On average, it can take about 15 to 30 minutes from start to finish to order your ring on-site during Ring Week. You are more than welcome to come one day and return later in the week to make your final purchase, or purchase from home.
Can I still order my ring if I can’t make it to Ring Week?
Yes, you do not have to be present at the event to order your ring. All rings can be ordered online here!
What if I purchase a ring but can't pick it up at Ring Celebration or the Alumni Center?
Students – Your rings will be shipped to the Alumni Center and held for Ring Celebration. If you can't attend Ring Celebration you may pick up your ring the following Monday and Tuesday at the Alumni Center. If you do not pick up your ring on that Monday or Tuesday, it will then be shipped to you.
Alumni - Your rings will be shipped directly to you unless you request it be sent to the Alumni Center and held for Ring Celebration.
Are there payment plan options available?
Yes, Balfour offers a three-month payment plan option for ring purchases. Please speak with a Balfour representative when ordering your ring to get set up with a payment plan.
I listed my home address with my order. Does that mean my ring won’t be here for the Ring Celebration?
All rings will be shipped to the Texas Exes to be included with the Ring Celebration group. If you have any questions about this please contact ClassRings@texasexes.org.
I am a Texas Exes Four-year Student Life Member. How do I redeem my discount?
To redeem your discount, enter your EID in the promo box when placing your order. If you have any issues, please contact ClassRings@texasexes.org.