Ring Celebration

Fall 2019 Dates:
Friday, December 6 and
Saturday, December 7

Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Students will register for one window of time on one of the two days for this come and go event. Specific times and details to be announced.

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What to Do What to Know


What to Do

Hundreds of Bobcats, family, and friends gather at Ring Celebration to celebrate achieving an academic milestone and receiving the most visible symbol of Bobcat Pride: The Official Texas State Ring. Due to large crowds, it's important for you and your guests to understand how Ring Celebration works. Here are the top things to remember for the big day:

Come Prepared
Don't forget to bring your photo ID to check-in (Student ID, Drivers License, Passport). Rings will only be distributed to ring recipients with proper photo ID. When you arrive, the first thing you should do is check in with your ID while your family and guests find a place to sit inside Strahan Arena at the University Events Center. During check-in, you will be given a card with your name and seat assignment for your chair on the floor of the arena. Remember, ring recipients will be seated separately from guests during the program. 

Be on Time
Doors for participant check-in and guest seating will open at 11:30 am. The Ring Celebration program will begin at 12:30 pm, followed by photo opportunities in Sewell Park until 3:30 pm. Guests cannot be seated prior to 11:30 a.m. and may be asked to wait outside if they arrive before doors open.

Dress the Part
Make sure to wear festive Maroon & Gold as our professional photographer captures this exciting moment. Please wear shoes that are comfortable enough to walk down the stairs to the arena floor and around Sewell Park. Once the program is over, we encourage you to take personal photos around the river, throughout the beautiful campus and celebrate outside with other ring recipients. A link for photos will be emailed to you after the event.

Bring your Squad
Ring recipients are welcome to bring up to ten guests each due to space restrictions inside the University Events Center. These guests will be seated around the arena to watch as you cross the stage when your name is called and plunge your ring into the ceremonial fountain of San Marcos River water. 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 - please encourage your guests to bring their own bottled water.

Take the Plunge
During the program, you will receive your ring and your name will be recognized as you plunge your ring into the fountain of water from the San Marcos River to connect with the spirit and tradition the river has carried through this campus for more than 100 years — while family and friends view from the stands. 

Plan your 'Gram
Following the program, you and your guests are invited to Sewell Park to continue the celebration with various photo opportunities until 3:30 pm (weather permitting). Share your story with our alumni and fellow students using the hashtags #TXSTPlunge and #TXSTRingCelebration.

If you or a guest require accommodations due to a disability, please contact Alumni Relations at 512-245-2371 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.



What to Know

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


The Official Ring

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 became the Bobcats in 1921 when the university adopted the name from the recommendation of a committee formed to raise school spirit.

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 you 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.

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Can't Attend?

Recipients who do not attend can pick up their ring at the Texas State Alumni Association offices the week after the Ring Celebration. Rings will not be distributed in advance of the Ring Celebration. Any rings not picked up will be transferred back to Balfour to be shipped to the recipient. Don't know where we are located? Please call our office at 512-245-2371 


Alumni who order an official class ring and wish to participate in an Official Texas State Ring Celebration should contact the Alumni Association via email at  alumni@txstate.edu.


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Ring Celebration Dates:

Fall 2019: Weekend of December 6th

Spring 2020: TBA

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Texas State Ring Celebration Quick List:

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