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Class ring ceremony to take place family weekend

Juniors and seniors are invited to buy rings before July to participate

Leigh Ann Vanscoy / Features Editor

Juniors and seniors are urged to buy their class rings, so that they can participate in a ceremony held in October, 2005.

“Everyone who purchases a ring by the end of July is invited to participate,” Jana Lynn Patterson, the associate dean of

Students and adviser to the Student Government Association, said. “The ceremony will be brief but reverent.” Students will be awarded their rings by President Leo Lambert.

The celebration will take place during Family Weekend and the recipients will be able to invite their family to experience the ceremony with them. “It is another great tradition put together for students to feel even more connected to the Elon community,” said Carson Foushee, president of the junior class.

The ceremony’s tone will be both meaningful and special for the participants. “It is a special ceremony where juniors and seniors start their transition from Elon undergraduate student to illustrious Elon alumni,” Foushee said.

The ring ceremony changed dramatically in 2001 after the transition from Elon College to Elon University. It was then that the student body and administration commissioned Jostens to create new official rings. “The rings were designed to commemorate the traditions which make Elon special,” said Caitlin Burke, junior class senator.

Two distinctive tops were designed. The rounded signet bears an oak leaf emblazoned with and “E.” The second top option showcases the university seal set in a horizontal style.

The side options for the rings are interchangeable and they depict Elon’s distinct qualities. The different selections can be found on the Josten’s web site. Each student picks two sides for their ring.

Why should juniors and seniors buy a ring?

“A high school ring is something special for many people, but a ring from Elon is something that will allow you to look down at your finger from time to time and remember the great friends and memories from this special place,” Foushee said.

The idea of the ring’s purpose is to remember your college experience and to look forward to your future as alumni. “The Elon ring is a symbol of their life-long connection to Elon and it begins the transition to the ranks of distinguished Elon alumni,” Patterson said.

The junior Student Government Association officers are organizing the event. They want to extend the invitation to anyone interested in purchasing a class ring.

They worry that not enough students know about the event. “The ring ceremony is something that not everyone knows about, but should certainly participate in,” Forshee said. “I believe that purchasing a ring and participating in the ring

ceremony shows true commitment to Elon and readiness to take what you have learned here out to the rest of the world.”

The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in Yeager Recital Hall. Students interested in buying a ring are encouraged to stop by the Student Government office for more information.

Contact Leigh Ann Vanscoy at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.

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