FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
THE ISLANDER RING
Our staff at the Islander Alumni Association wants to make ordering an Islander Ring as easy as possible. For your convenience, we’ve assembled a list of common questions many Islanders often have while order there ring?
Have a different question? Email us info@IslanderAlumni.org, call us at 361.825.5787, or simply ask your question using the chat platform in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen!
The Islander Ring is a milestone of the TAMU-CC student experience. As one of the top Ring Traditions in Texas, it reminds you of your commitment to the Islander University, participation in campus traditions, and personal success through academic achievements. From palm tree-lined pathways and hibiscus flowers, to the thrill of last-second win at an Islanders game, the Islander Ring has been and will continue to be a permanent connection to the past, present, and future of all TAMU-CC students and Alumni.
Undergraduates with 75 or more completed credit hours (at least 25 at TAMU-CC) are eligible to order an Islander Ring. Graduate students need 25 or more completed hours to qualify. This information is available via your SAIL account or by contacting the Registrar’s Office.
Yes! Transfer students are required to have at least 25 hours completed at TAMU-CC.
The easiest and best time is during Islander Ring Week. For Fall 2023, this will take place from Tuesday, September 19 through Friday, September 22. . Balfour Representatives will be on campus to assist with orders and our Alumni Association will be there offering additional opportunities to answer all of your questions.
Orders must be placed by Friday, September 22nd at 5 PM CDT to ensure your participation for the Fall 2023 Ring Ceremony. Each Islander Ring is made individually by hand. Any rings ordered after this deadline will not qualify for the November 11th Ceremony.
Yes! You can order your ring at anytime by visiting Balfour.com/TAMUCC. If you miss a Ring Ceremony Deadline, we invite you to take part in any future ceremony once you have your ring! Simply contact us at Info@IslanderAlumni.org to let us know you’re interested.
We’ve made it easy to size your ring. Download the ring size guide by clicking here. Balfour Representatives will be on-campus to assist with ring sizes the week of September 19 through Sept. 22nd.
Your finger can also be sized at any jewelry store in your area. If none of those are viable, we have complimentary sizers we’d be happy to supply you, just simply send us your name and address.
Each Islander has the ability to customize their own ring, including the selection of a precious metal and even a stone. As of November 2022, Islander Rings begin at $550.00.
Balfour offers three-month flexible payments. Purchasers will be given this option at check-out.
RING DESIGN AND OPTIONS
Your Islander Ring will come with your grad year, the official Alumni seal, your degree, the University Banner, the Island sunrise, the year the University was established as the University of Corpus Christi, and the university seal. Get a closer look at the ring below.
Designs are limited to the Tradition and Legend rings so the entire Islander Family can be unified through the one Official Islander Ring. However, each ring can be customized with your Graduation Year, Degree and a custom engraving on the inside of your ring.
ALUMNI SEAL – This image of palm trees in the reflecting pool, symbolizes the view looking back at the Island as an alum and the connection you have forever to TAMUC-CC.
UNIVERSITY SEAL – This seal incorporates the University name, wrapped around a star, symbol of the state of Texas, and a gull, representing the University’s storied past. The olive branches signify accomplishment of higher education. The founding year proudly sits at the bottom of the crest.
BANNER – Represents the University mascot, and that once you attend TAMU-CC, a part of the Island will stay with you forever.
ISLAND SUNRISE – The sunrise looking out from the Island symbolizes your future ahead, and everything you have to achieve.
1947 – The year the University was established as the University of Corpus Christi
Rings are available in Celestrium, Argentium, as well as White Gold and Yellow Gold in 10K, 14K and 18K, with your choice of Metal Finish Antique or Natural.
The karat number of your jewelry indicates what proportion of it is made up of gold. Thus, the most fundamental difference between 10K, 14K and 18K gold is in the amount of gold content.
Each Islander Ring comes with an antique or natural finish. An antique finish is dark background placed in the grooves of your ring that adds highlights to capture the ring’s detail.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Islander Alumni Association has had an exclusive contract with our friends at Balfour for over 20 years. Therefore, rings by other companies with licensed logos, names, designs and trademarked will not be approved .
ISLANDER RING CEREMONY
The Islander Ring Ceremony is the event where students receive their Islander Ring! It has become one of TAMU-CC’s most popular and cerebrated traditions, with over 800 participants each year. Wearers of the Islander Ring are recognized alongside their family and friends before taking part in the Ring Wish!
RSVP information will be made available roughly one month prior to the Ring Ceremony. Recipients are REQUIRED to register at least one (1) week prior to the event.
If you purchased your Islander Ring prior to the Fall 2023 deadline, just wait to hear from us! RSVP information will be sent to the email address listed on the order roughly one month prior to the Ceremony. This will provide details of what you need to do to reserve your spot. If you’re already in possession of your Ring, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, you must have one of the four official Islander Ring designs in order to participate in the Islander Ring Ceremony.
Changes in weather and physical activity affect your finger size, so we recommend wearing it for a few days before considering any changes in ring size. The ring itself should pull slightly at the knuckle, however, it should also be a comfortable fit for you! If you still feel you require a different size, Balfour will be happy to resize your ring. Warranty information is available in your Islander Ring Box, or by calling 1.800.BALFOUR.
Absolutely. Should you not take part in the Ring Ceremony, rings will be available for pick-up at the Lee Welcome Center (6129 Ennis Joslin Road) the Monday following each Ring Ceremony. Recipients will be required to have a form of photo identification when picking-up their ring.
Should you change your mind, you can also participate in any future Ring Ceremony of your choice!