The Ring Ceremony for the spring semester will be held on April 21, 2016
from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Carillon Plaza.
The Ring Ceremony is hosted by the ETSU National Alumni Association and Balfour Rings.
A reception will follow the presentation of rings for the ring recipients and their families.
ETSU Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Wilsie Bishop, along with ETSU National Alumni Association Executive Director, Dr. Robert Plummer
will present the official ETSU rings to students who have earned at least 60 hours.
Balfour Jewelers is the university's supplier of class rings. All rings are custom crafted.
The designs of the official rings are based upon ETSU' legacy of values and traditions.
The Ring – A World of Meaning
Custom crafted for East Tennessee
State University, the designs of the "Official Rings" are based upon
ETSU's legacy of values and traditions. Each time you look at the
intricate ETSU Ring, you will find yourself back on campus, once more in the shadow of the mountains.
Prominently featured on the top of
the Ring is the official ETSU seal with the East Tennessee State
University name spelled out around it. A diamond, blue sapphire or a
cubic zirconium can be incorporated into the ETSU seal.
The right side
of the ring features historical and traditional images. Included are the
front steps of Gilbreath Hall, the first building on campus named after
Sidney G. Gilbreath, the first university president with words from the
Alma Mater, a banner inscribed with In the Shadow of the Mountains
flies above the original university building representing our
university's debt to the regional setting, traditions, and heritage of
the Appalachians. Pictured in the distance from the Hall is the
Amphitheater, built in 1936 designed by Charles C. Sherrod, second
university president. Embraced in the Amphitheater is the graduates
The left side of the ring features
contemporary images including the Charles C. Sherrod Library, built in
1999, with the year of graduation above. Surrounded by the class year is
the torch of knowledge with carefully shaped flames creating the word
PRIDE. All these elements come together to symbolize the university's
past, present and future—an ETSU graduate ready to carry on the ETSU
All rings are custom-made in your
choice of 10K and 14K yellow and white gold and are available in either
an antique or natural finish. 18K yellow or white gold may also be
available; please contact Balfour for pricing. The inside of the ring
can also be engraved with the recipient's name, degree and class year.
the ring supplier, provides an interest-free
monthly installment plan.
Your purchase is protected by a lifetime
warranty that also includes free resizing, cleaning and polishing.
Balfour guarantees your satisfaction.