Islanders Receive Symbol of Pride, Achievement and University Spirit at Fall 2016 Ring Ceremony

Published: November 09, 2016

Islanders Receive Symbol of Pride, Achievement and University Spirit at Fall 2016 Ring Ceremony

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 200 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students received class rings during the fall 2016 Islander Ring Ceremony, held Nov. 5 in the Performing Arts Center. The ring ceremony, held in partnership with the Islander Alumni Association, is a campus tradition that started in 1999. To receive a class ring, students must either have 75 undergraduate credit hours or 25 graduate level credit hours.

 “It is my hope these students will wear their rings with pride as they become representatives of our great institution,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Islander Ring represents the rich history of the Island University and the success of earning a degree. One side features palm trees and an ocean view while the other side features the Islander Alumni Association logo. Upperclassmen wear the ring with the symbols facing inward, and upon graduation, they are asked to turn the ring outward, as a symbol that they are ready to face the world as working professionals.

 “I’m so happy that I earned my Islander ring,” said Tyanna Gold, a mechanical engineering major. “This signifies three and a half years of hard work. I’m going to wear it every single day.”

Four Class Agents who embody the Islander spirit and work to advance the mission of the University received complementary rings. They are:

  • Frank Garcia, College of Liberal Arts
  • Tyanna Gold, College of Science and Engineering
  • Karina Gomez, College of Business
  • Sarah Valadez, College of Education and Human Development

 The ring ceremony ended with “The Islander Ring Wish,” a tradition in which students throw the sand dollar they received in their ring box into the Lee Plaza fountain.

“The Islander ring wish ceremony symbolizes a student’s hopes and dreams for the future,” said Mario Longoria, Engagement Officer at A&M-Corpus Christi. “Family and friends joined in on this tradition by lining the path to Lee Plaza. It’s an exciting time for all.”

All class ring recipients are granted membership into the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi National Alumni Association. The Alumni Association helps students stay connected with the Island University and build professional networks. To learn more, visit