Alumni

Ring Celebration

RING CELEBRATION QUICK LIST

Ring
  1. Order Your Ring at Ring Days
  2. Attend the Ring Celebration
  3. Take the TXST Plunge
  4. Celebrate Your Achievement

What You Should Know

Due to large crowds, it's important for you and your guests to understand how the Ring Celebration works. Here are the top things to remember for the big day:

Come Prepared

Don't forget to bring your printed out or mobile ticket along with a photo ID to check-in (student ID, driver's license, passport). Rings will only be distributed to ring recipients with proper photo ID.

Be on Time

Students will only be permitted entry at their designated entry time, as verified by their printed or digital ticket. Early arrivals to the Meadows Center will be held in a staging area until their designated time. Late arrivals will be held until the next available latecomer time period, occurring every 90 minutes.

Two students holding a large ring cutout
Table with ring ceremony namr tags

Park and Ride

A complimentary shuttle service will be available for guests from the Mill Street Lot, where complimentary event parking will also be located. Parking here to ride the shuttle is the easiest and fastest option for guests, including those with mobility impairments. The shuttle will drop guests off at the check-in location, which will not be an option for vehicles, and will continuously pick up guests to return them to Mill Street.

A park and walk option is available from the Strahan Lot, but the walk is quite far and there will not be a drop-off option available for guests who park in this lot.

Dress the Part

Make sure to wear festive maroon and gold for thematic pictures capturing this exciting moment. Please wear shoes that are comfortable enough to walk outside and near potentially wet areas around Spring Lake.

Bring your Squad

Ring recipients are welcome to bring guests to celebrate with them. These guests will be with you when you are given your ring, but they will not escort you to the official fountain for the traditional ring plunge. Afterward, you'll rejoin each other for additional photo opportunities on the Meadows Center grounds. Please consider how weather conditions, walking distances, and large crowds will affect the health, safety, and comfort of your guests. Concessions will not be open for this event, so please encourage your guests to bring their own bottled water.

Hand with ring in the fountain

Take the Plunge

You will receive your ring and be recognized as you plunge your ring into the fountain of water from the San Marcos River. This plung will connect you with the spirit and tradition the river has carried through this campus for more than 100 years. Family and friends are invited to view your plunge from the sidelines.

Plan Your 'Gram

Once you receive your ring and dip it in our official fountain, you and your guests can share your story with our alumni and fellow students using the hashtags #TXSTPlunge and #TXSTRingCelebration.

The Official Ring

The Official Class Ring is reserved exclusively for currently-enrolled graduate students, degree-holding alumni, and undergraduate students who have completed 75 cumulative credit hours. The Ring Celebration is an event reserved exclusively for participation by Bobcats wearing the Official Class Ring, provided by Balfour.

  • The top of the ring features the Texas “lone star” set upon an oak-and-laurel wreath. Around the crown of the ring are the words "Texas State University" and the founding date of 1899.
  • The left side features our original campus building, Old Main, with inner tubes floating by on the beautiful San Marcos River.
  • The right side features the fierce Bobcat athletic logo, designed in 2003 by student Brad Monk. Texas State adopted the Bobcat mascot in 1921.
  • The school flower, the gaillardia, is engraved inside the ring. Also known as the Indian blanket, the gold and maroon flower is the source of Texas State’s school colors.

Wearing the Tradition

Wear your new Official Texas State Ring with the words "Texas State University" facing you, so that when you look down at your hand, the words serve as a constant reminder to yourself of your goal to graduate from Texas State. During your commencement ceremony, you will turn your Ring so that the words face outward, proudly declaring your achievement and displaying your Bobcat pride to the world.