The Ring Ceremony for the spring semester will be held on April 20, 2017
from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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. 

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The University Class Ring -- Because your diploma won't fit on your finger 


  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 degree.

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 legacy.

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. 

Balfour, 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.



The Ring – A Rich History

Our university has had the good fortune of having an alumna who was recognized as the oldest living person in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records and other sources.  She received the record title as oldest person in the world on January 31, 2012 and held it until she passed away on December 4, 2012.  Part of the story of her life and legacy was her love of East Tennessee School College. She named her son Sidney in honor of Dr. Sidney G. Gilbreath, our first president.  With her throughout her living years, she wore with distinction her 1916 class ring.

Twirling it on her finger over the years, the wear made it almost smooth.  For 94 years, the ring was her tie to ETNS and her college education.

Besse Brown was a member of the Class of 1916 and graduate of our original institution—East Tennessee Normal School.  She symbolized this achievement in the wearing of her class ring for all to see.  In honor of this significant life achievement and in tribute to her steadfast love of her alma mater, the ETSU National Alumni Association named in her honor the Class Ring Ceremony.