May 5, 2018

12:30 - 3:30 pm

Take the Plunge

Ring Celebration

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

Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Students register for one window of time on one of the two days for this come and go event.
Please note: as of Fall 2019, the Ring Celebration is open to students participating with the Official Class Ring, provided by Balfour, with no exception.

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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 printed out or mobile ticket along with a photo ID to check-in (Student ID, Drivers 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 30-minute time slot, 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.

Park and Ride

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 both the easiest and fastest option for guests - including those with mobility impairments. The shuttle will drop off right 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.

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 the 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 will not escort you to the official fountain for the traditional ring plunge. Afterwards, you'll rejoin each other for additional photo opportunities throughout 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 - please encourage your guests to bring their own bottled water.

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 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 sidelines.

Plan your 'Gram

Once you receive your ring and dip your ring in our official fountain, you and your guests will be able to 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: Dec. 6 and 7, 2019

Spring : May 1 and 2, 2020

The Gold Book

Did you know you have a chance to receive a free class ring by completing the Gold Book? Download the app today »


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