The Association of Rice Alumni sponsors a Rice Ring Celebration to honor students who have chosen to participate in the ring tradition. The celebration takes place during the Fall Semester and represents an opportunity for family, distinguished alumni, and university representatives to come together and honor students’ accomplishments. Each fall, the Association of Rice Alumni invites students and their families to be part of the Rice Ring Celebration.
On Oct. 25, Owls received their Rice Rings at James Baker III Hall in a ceremony led by the president of the Association of Rice Alumni, Frank Jones ’63. Other alumni joined classmates, parents and friends to congratulate the students who received their rings.
The Rice Ring represents one of the longest standing institutions maintained at Rice University. An owl was inscribed on the rings of the inaugural 1916 graduating class. The academic seal of Rice University was placed at the center of the ring the following year. Each Rice Ring has followed this template since 1917, a decision that has preserved the integrity of the Rice Ring tradition for nearly a century. This tradition allows the Rice Ring to serve as a symbol of the experiences each Rice alumna/us has had during their collegiate career at Rice. The ring not only serves as a reminder of the hard necessary work to succeed as a student, but it also forms a bond among all Rice alumni across the world. The ring is a visible representation of your alumni status and unites past, present, and future Rice Owls.
Alumni are a vital part of the Rice Ring Celebration. Volunteer today to welcome Owls to this momentous event and discuss the importance of the Rice Ring and how they can stay involved with the Rice Alumni community.
Rice Rings may be purchased anytime online at http://balfour.com/rice or by calling Balfour at 1-866-225-3687 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. Balfour representatives will be on campus in spring 2020 so that students can place their orders in person; we will post the schedule soon.
The Association of Rice Alumni hosts a New Alumni Block Party in the spring semester to bring alumni volunteers together with students, classmates, family and friends. Details will follow as we get closer to spring 2020 graduation!