Ring Ceremony Creates New Tradition at University’s Iconic Trellis

UT Dallas Ring Ceremony, Spring 2012

The UT Dallas Ring Ceremony began in 2001. For the first time, students this year ceremoniously dunked their rings in the pool under the trellis.

At the center of the sunlit campus, 50 students recently faced a crowd of parents and friends. And with one dunk of their class rings into one of the University’s new shimmering pools, they wished for a bright future.

The act is a new tradition at The University of Texas at Dallas, which is now anchored by a mall that was created by a campus enhancement project that brought landscaping, trees, reflecting pools and an iconic trellis. By dipping the rings in the pool as a group, the students cover the ring and themselves in UT Dallas pride.

UT Dallas Ring Ceremony, Spring 2012

Family and friends of Jacqueline Billings BS’12 (center) cheered when she collected her class ring. She majored in speech-language pathology and audiology.

During this year’s ring ceremony, many  graduates shed tears, blew kisses and thanked friends, faculty and family for supporting them through their time at UT Dallas.

“I was raised in Amarillo and was just a scrawny little kid,” said Ravi-Kumar Knutson BA’13. “Then I came to this University and I became independent and learned about leadership. I want to thank the University for making me what I am today. And as always, ‘Whoosh.’”

More than 100 friends and family gathered to cheer on the students as they were presented their rings by President David E. Daniel. The ceremony is open to graduates and undergraduates.

“You will soon be joining the community of over 70,000 UT Dallas alumni,” said Daniel. “Your ring provides a tangible and symbolic connection to your University, and to your fellow alumni all around the United States, and around the world.”

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Symbolic design

  • The shield forever identifies graduates of UT Dallas.
  • The comet encircling a star reminds graduates to always look to the future and use their education to improve the world.
  • The Texas flag honors the heritage, frontier spirit,
    and entrepreneurial legacy that created a foundation for the state and University.

UT Dallas Ring Ceremony, Spring 2012

UT Dallas Ring Ceremony, Spring 2012



  • Until a degree is received, students wear their rings facing inward toward them, to remind them of the goals they are striving to achieve.
  • After receiving a diploma, graduates turn their rings. A ring facing outward announces to the world that the wearer is a graduate of UT Dallas.


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