‘Islander Ring Wish’ Tradition Continues at Fall 2014 Official Ring Ceremony

October 29, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 200 upper-level students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi walked across the Performing Arts Center stage for the Official Ring Ceremony, a special campus tradition, held Saturday, Oct.  25. Students who received their rings have completed 75+ hours and are close to becoming a member of the Islander Alumni network.

University President Flavius Killebrew was present to hand class rings to students as they crossed the stage. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ring signifies pride, achievement, and university spirit. All class ring recipients are granted associate membership into Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi National Alumni Association.

This fall, two students received complimentary rings from the University for their Outstanding Achievements. The Legacy Ring recipients were:

  •  Andrea Guzman – a communications major and past President of the Student Foundation Association and current Vice President of the Islander Revue music and dance extravaganza
  •  Shelby Lyda – a nursing major and active member of the Student Foundation Association, the Student Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau, the Nursing Honor Society

The ring ceremony was immediately followed by the “The Islander Ring Wish” tradition, which was started in 2013. Inside each ring box, students received a sand dollar that symbolizes their future goals and dreams. Students then walked to Lee Plaza and tossed their sand dollar into the Lee Plaza fountain. Family and friends were invited to join in this new tradition by lining the path leading to Lee Plaza.

 “I am ready to get my ring, to graduate, and to go out into the world,” said Jamie Goodman, a senior theatre major who participated in the ceremony.  “College is what you make it.  I am genuinely glad I chose Texas A&M Corpus Christi.”

The Ring Ceremony is a partnership between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Alumni Association. All class ring recipients are granted associate membership into Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi National Alumni Association. The Alumni Association helps students stay connected with the Island University and build professional networks.