Class of 2021: This is Virginia Tech
The Ring Tradition
The tradition began in the 1911-1912 school session when four classes (1911-1914) designed their rings. The ring tradition celebrated 100 years with the 2011 ring. Since the beginning, each class has designed a ring unique to their own class. Today, Virginia Tech is one of only a few schools that redesigns their ring collection each year.
The Ring Design
Virginia Tech introduces a new collection of designs for each class. Each year, the sophomore class selects a ring committee responsible for designing their class ring collection. Each collection includes certain elements: the screaming eagle, American flag, campus buildings, and an interlocking chain around the bezel.
How to Wear the Tradition
Current students should wear their rings so that the name Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and/or the honor point on the bezel faces the wearer.
Upon graduation, the ring is turned to face out to let the world know the wearer is a Hokie alum. Those who wear the ring proudly state to others, "I am a Hokie, a Virginia Tech graduate who understands the meaning of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve)."
The Ring Dance
A tradition dating from 1934 beginning with the Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Tech Ring Dance symbolizes the transition from junior to senior and the presentation of the highly anticipated class ring.