Auburn held its 2017 Ring Night ceremony Thursday night.
What is Ring Night? The short answer is that it’s when the seniors who bought class rings receive them.
The slightly longer answer is that it’s when all the rings being delivered in a given semester are placed on the University seal—we all know you’re not supposed to step on it—which is said to transfer the Auburn spirit to the rings, but also brings a curse upon them—because rings, also, are not supposed to step on the seal, I guess.
The students later baptize their rings in water from the President’s Mansion fountain, which removes the curse, but somehow does not wash away the spirit.
Anyhow, here’s some social media from the recent ceremony.
— Kate (@k8_dstewart) April 21, 2017
You know what—I bet that’s a girl’s dinner ring.
I’ll add more posts from the ceremony if some turn up. Or, if you see any let me know!
For a little more on the history of Ring Night, see this.
Or, watch this:
I appreciate the rhetorical move by the speak in the above video.
Tonight we have the exciting opportunity to participate in another one of Auburn’s long-standing traditions.
Ring Night is not, of course, a long-standing tradition. It dates all the way back to 2014. But, Auburn class rings, sure—that works.
I do thoroughly enjoy that the rings are placed on the seal at 6:56 pm; that is, 18:56 military time, representing the year of Auburn’s founding. Conveniently, the guards (see above) are able to ensure this timeliness.
By the way, Clintau24 and I once had an exchange with a gentleman named Alex Davis, who says he invented Ring Night, and also the girls’ dinner ring.
@Clintau24 I created Ring Night and the girls dinner ring and no one will every remember me for it 🙁
— Alex Davis (@AlexDavis91) May 5, 2016
— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) May 5, 2016
If need be we’ll eventually create a legend around Alex. He’s descended from the Confederate soldier who brought the eaglet home from the War. Something like that.
For those of you receiving rings, enjoy them! And, if you ever start to cover a large area of ground on your hands and knees looking for it, check your other pocket first! 🙂