WMU News

Single-ring tradition introduced

Oct. 15, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- To help commemorate Western Michigan University's centennial, the WMU Alumni Association has introduced a new tradition--an official WMU ring that will replace the myriad of individual class rings many Broncos now wear.

The ring is designed to be a symbol, second only to the diploma, that will immediately identify WMU graduates. It was unveiled at the homecoming football game Oct. 11.

"The ring goes beyond jewelry. It's a true symbol of our school and heritage," says Erin Spaulding, assistant director of alumni relations. "By purchasing this official ring, graduates and upperclassmen will be investing in a lifelong tradition with their classmates as well as those who came before them."

The main components of the ring design were selected and refined by a committee of students, alumni, faculty and administrators from suggestions submitted by members of the WMU community. The final design features elements that committee members felt would uniquely represent the University.

The ring is reserved exclusively for graduates of the University and junior and senior students who have completed at least 56 credit hours of course work (degree and credit status will be verified upon receipt of orders). The rings may be delivered or if preferred, picked up during a special ceremony this coming spring.

The price, for both yellow or white gold, is as follows: (men's) 10k-$420, 14k-$485 and 18k-$525 and (women's) 10k-$310, 14k-$365 and 18k-$410. More information is available on the Alumni Association Web site at <www.wmich.edu/alumni>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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