Juniors, seniors receive class rings
More than 400 University of South Carolina juniors and seniors received their class rings at the annual Ring Ceremony Tuesday (April 20), on the Horseshoe.
University President Harris Pastides told the students that the ring is “a symbol of your academic success and a celebration of your transition to a new stage of life.”
The official University of South Carolina ring symbolizes the eternal affiliation students will have with the university.
Honors College senior Emily Burn was following a family tradition when she received her class ring. “It’s a good recognition of all the hard work I’ve put in the past four years, and even more significant that my mother, grandmother and grandfather have class rings from here as well.” First introduced at USC in 1999, the Ring Ceremony has also become one of the most anticipated traditions for students and parents.
The ring carries the seal of the University of South Carolina and is inscribed with the university’s motto which, translated from Latin, states, “Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel.”