HISTORY AND SYMBOLISM

The Islander Alumni Association and the University unveiled the Official Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Ring in 1999. The Official Islander Ring is a symbol of achievement, unity and University spirit. At a glance, these meticulously-styled keepsakes will distinguish Texas A&M-Corpus Christi alumni from all others and serve as a lasting symbol of accomplishment.

To guarantee the integrity of the tradition, the design will never change and will be passed from generation to generation as future students and alumni await the chance to wear their Islander Ring. Wearers of the Islander Ring will recognize their fellow alumni and share their pride in A&M-Corpus Christi.

ORDERING YOUR RING

Any Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Undergraduate student with 75 or more completed hours (at least 25 at TAMU-CC) and Graduate students with 25 or more completed hours qualify for the official Islander Ring. Completed hours are determined by the Registrar’s Office at the end of each semester and verified before ordering. Rings can be ordered with an official Balfour Representative at the beginning of the Fall (late August) and Spring (late January) Semesters, at Fall (Mid-October), Spring (Mid-March) or Summer (Late June) Grad Fairs, by visiting the Woo Sung Lee Welcome Center during normal business hours, or by visiting Balfour.com/tamucc.

WEARING THE RING

The Islander Ring is a major part of the University’s tradition. Juniors and seniors wear the ring with the school name facing them. Upon the granting of degrees at commencement, graduates turn the ring around, with the name facing outward. This symbolizes that the graduate is now ready to face new challenges outside the University.

THE ISLANDER RING WISH

Since 2013, the Ring Wish is a rite of passage and privilege bestowed only upon those who wear the Islander Ring as a symbol of commitment to their education and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Each ring recipient is given a sand dollar at their ring ceremony. Like a penny in a wishing well, this token is then tossed into the fountain at Woo Sung Lee Plaza.

A sand dollar was chosen for this tradition with purpose. It is fragile, yet holds strong form. It is designed to survive storms and rough currents. It teaches us to be gentle in our approach to life, regardless of its conditions. It instills an ideology of flexibility in our thoughts, actions and purpose. Yet, it’s sturdy enough to withstand any challenges and obstacles that emerge.

This Ring Wish Tradition will be a memory cherished by each Islander, forever.

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