Nearly 250 Islander Students Receive Their Islander Ring

Published: November 07, 2017

Nearly 250 Islander Students Receive Their Islander Ring

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Nearly 250 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students walked across the Performing Arts Center stage on Nov. 4, for the fall 2017 Islander Ring Ceremony. This campus tradition celebrates undergraduate students with at least 75 hours and graduate students with at least 25 credit hours. The ceremony is an indication that students are a step closer to becoming distinguished members of the National Islander Alumni Association and graduating.

“For students, the ring is a connection to the past, present and future of this campus and their time here. Those with Islander Rings will always remember that,” said Russell Wagner, Executive Director for the Islander Alumni Association. “As an alumnus myself, the ring becomes more and more meaningful the longer I wear it.”

Each participant received their ring in a beautiful keepsake box that contained a sand dollar. Following the ceremony, students participated in the Islander Ring Wish, accompanied by friends and family. Recipients tossed their sand dollar into the Woo Sung Lee Plaza fountain, similar to throwing a penny into a wishing well. 

“My wish was to make a difference in kids’ lives,” said Ida Barrera, a Special Education major who is set to graduate in 2019. “This whole ceremony signaled all of my accomplishments coming to an end and really highlighted how much my family, friends and co-workers supported me through my journey here at the Island University.”

Signifying the University has one of the fastest growing ring traditions in the entire Balfour Program, an Islander Ring statue and mural was placed in the University Center this fall semester.

“The ring wish is one of the Island University’s more cherished traditions,” said Wagner. “It gives the students the opportunity to take a moment and think about dreams for the future, while reflecting on everything they’ve accomplished here.”

Students who attended shared their videos, tweets and pictures this year via social media using #IslanderRing and #IslanderForever. For more information about the ring ceremony, click here.