Almost 300 Students Receive Islander Rings at Islander Ring Ceremony

Published: April 20, 2015

Almost 300 Students Receive Islander Rings at Islander Ring Ceremony

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Almost 300 upper-level students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi walked across the Performing Arts Center stage on Friday, April 17 for the Official Ring Ceremony. Students who attended shared their videos, tweets, and pictures this year via social media using #IslanderRingCeremony.

The ring ceremony is a special campus tradition. Students receiving rings must either be undergraduate students who have completed at least 75 credit hours or graduate students who have completed at least 25 credit hours at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, or Islander Alumni.

Dr. Chris Markwood, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, handed the rings to students as they crossed the stage. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ring signifies pride, achievement, and university spirit.

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

  • Elizabeth K. Parker – an English major and the current President of the Student Foundation Association.
  • Sterling Shea Burton – a Theater major in the College of Liberal Arts who will be working for a regional theater company in Dallas after graduation.

The conclusion of the ring ceremony is “The Islander Ring Wish” tradition. Students receive a sand dollar in their ring box that symbolizes their future goals and dreams. Students walk to Lee Plaza and toss their sand dollar into the Lee Plaza fountain. Family and friends join in this tradition and by lining the path leading to Lee Plaza. The ring wish was canceled under threat of severe weather, but students are expected to complete this on their own.

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.