More than 200 Students Receive Islander Rings at Fall 2015 Islander Ring Ceremony

Published: November 11, 2015

More than 200 Students Receive Islander Rings at Fall 2015 Islander Ring Ceremony

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 on Saturday, Nov. 7. Students who attended shared their videos, tweets, and pictures this year via social media using #IslanderRingCeremony.

“To me, the Islander Ring symbolizes my experiences in college and the final accomplishment of completing my degree,” said Ulises Avalos, a senior criminal justice major and pre-law minor who participated in the ceremony. “For the last four years, this University has been my home away from home and has helped me to find my path.”

The ring ceremony is a special campus tradition. Students who received their rings have completed 75+ hours and are close to becoming a member of the Islander Alumni Association. 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 were granted associate membership into Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi National Alumni Association.

“Receiving an Islander ring permanently ties alumni back to our University,” said Russell Wagner, Director of Engagement. “It sparks good memories that were made on this campus and reminds the individual of their hard work to earn a degree from our great University.”

This ring ceremony was immediately followed by a reception with refreshments held in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Students, family and friends, Izzy the Islander and faculty and staff attended the reception. Inside each ring box, students received a sand dollar that symbolizes their future goals and dreams. Students were encouraged to toss their sand dollar into the Lee Plaza Fountain at their convenience as part of the “Islander Ring Wish” tradition.