Ceremony held to distribute first class rings from official collection

three girls hold up their hands to show off the new class rings on their fingers

The smiles show how thrilled these three friends are with their new class rings.

Someone takes a photo of a friend with PeeDee at the ceremony

Photo opps with PeeDee were the order of the day.

Dowdy Student Stores staff spent more than a year working with jewelry manufacturer Jostens and a group of alumni, students, faculty and staff to design an official class ring collection for ECU. Those efforts came to fruition on Dec. 3 when a group of students received the first official rings in a special ceremony at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

ECU Alumni Association President Heath Bowman presented the rings to each student on the auditorium stage. After signing their names on an official record, everyone put their rings on at the same time.

“A lot of universities have made a ring tradition a core part of what they do and how they celebrate the tradition of their campus,” Bowman said. “So for us, this just feels like bringing something to ECU that needed to be here and that our Pirate alumni and our students deserve.”

After receiving their rings on stage, students were invited to put their rings on at the same time.

After receiving their rings on stage, students were invited to put their rings on at the same time.

Students have always been able to purchase a class ring, but there has never been a signature collection with a unified look or a ceremony before. The three official ring styles – signet, traditional and dinner – all have a crest on the top with the university shield, a sword and ECU’s motto, “Servire.”

Some alumni from 1970-2016 also ordered class rings this year.

For more information or to buy an official ECU ring, visit Dowdy Student Stores or go to www.jostens.com/ECU.

Students participating in the ceremony were invited onstage to receive their rings and sign their names in an official record.

Students participating in the ceremony were invited onstage to receive their rings and sign their names in an official record.

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