History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Official Class Ring

Class rings are a rich tradition at this University. Until 1935 ring styles varied since each class could make its own unique selection. In that year the first ring committee was formed. These Woman’s College students set out to standardize the class ring. The ring you will receive today bears a remarkable likeness to the one developed almost 70 years ago by the ring committee.

Graduates of the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina and the graduates of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro wear with pride a ring that immediately ties them to this school. The black onyx with the university seal on its flat surface is in a gold or silver setting.

Students must attain junior standing before they may wear the ring. Tradition has it that the words on the University seal must be readable by the ring wearer until graduation when the ring is turned so the seal faces out towards the world. Thus Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, watches over the student wearer as studies are pursued, and then presents the graduate wearer to the outside world.

Our University motto is Service. And while we are living that motto everyday, we also treasure the traditions and history of over 110 years. From this day forward, you will wear this ring as a symbol of your commitment to your University.

UNCG Official Class Ring Ceremony

Each semester the Office of Elliott University Center hosts a special presentation ceremony for all students who have ordered class rings. Invitations to these events are sent directly from the ring company to students who have purchased rings.

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