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The Official Texas Tech Class Ring
THe RING DESIGN WILL FOREVER BE THE SAME
Since 1999, Texas Tech has had one universal symbol of academic achievement – The Official Texas Tech Class Ring. It is a tradition brought back from the 1950s, which evokes special memories of the occasions and traditions of Texas Tech and is a symbolic, continuous link with classmates, friends and generations of alumni.
The unique ring is reserved exclusively for individuals who have successfully met the university’s standards. Designed by a group of Texas Tech students (Student Alumni Board), alumni and administrators, the unique ring will remain unchanged into the university’s future.
The university president presents rings during the Official Ring Ceremonies. There are two ceremonies each semester, which are held at the Merket Alumni Center.
The Spring 2009 Official Ring Ceremonies will take place during the week of April 20th – 24th at the Merket Alumni Center located at 17th and University. The dates for students in specific colleges to receive their ring will be forthcoming. Please check www.TexasTechAlumni.org for the dates.
Those able to wear the ring proudly state to others, "I am a person of honor, a Texas Tech graduate – a Red Raider for Life!" For the graduates and their peers, it holds a whole world of meaning.
Each ring symbolically captures the essence of Texas Tech with the prominent Double T standing proud, surrounded by the university’s full name and date of foundation. On one shoulder of the ring, you will find the Administration Building, with the bells that represent victory. On the other shoulder is the university seal, which features the American eagle, perched above a book, representing a church; a star, representing the State of Texas; a key, representing home; and, a lamp, representing knowledge. These elements are separated by a cross - featuring 10 cotton bolls representing Lubbock and its surrounding nine cotton-producing counties. Of course, the ring would not be complete without the appearance of the Masked Rider.
Inside, each official ring is forged with STRIVE FOR HONOR. This inscription is from "The Matador Song" and serves as a charge to every Texas Tech graduate to excel with integrity in all endeavors. The ring is engraved with the recipient’s initials, degree and class year.
The ring is custom-made in a choice of 10, 14 or 18-karat solid yellow or white gold. The ring is available with, or without, diamonds or cubic zirconias. Balfour, the ring supplier, provides an interest-free monthly installment plan.
You must be satisfied with the Official Ring upon receipt, or it may be returned for a full refund or exchange. The lifetime warranty provides for free resizing and refinishing as needed.
For more information regarding the Official Texas Tech Class Ring, contact Mandy Wiley at 806.742.3641.