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CWU Pride Rings True

Although traditions of student success, athletic achievement and a truly unique higher education experience have held true throughout Central’s history, some have noticed that the university was lacking “school spirit” oriented traditions. Hence, the idea to bring a class ring back to Central. Lead by outgoing ASCWU President Yosef Gamble, students, the CWU Alumni Office and Jostens worked together to create a new tradition at Central.

The process to designing the actual ring involved surveys and tabling in the Student Union building to get ideas and input from students. The design of the ring was carried out by Jostens and unveiled during Homecoming Week 2014. The ring reflects the history and traditions of Central including imagery of Barge Hall, Central Washington mountains and the symbolic university seal. Though there is an “official” ring design, students are able to customize their ring to look smaller, bigger, use different stones etc. There is little restriction on what the ring must look like and the idea is that each ring purchased will fit that student’s personality and Central legacy.

On a sunny June 4th day, the inaugural CWU Ring Ceremony took place on the president’s lawn. The catered reception included music provided by CWU’s Boots ‘n’ Cats and words of wisdom from President Gaudino, Yosef Gamble and Director of Residence Life & New Student Programs Jenna Hyatt.

Each speaker reminded those in attendance that their class ring isn’t just a stylish piece of jewelry but a symbol of one’s pride and achievement at CWU. Each ring is a forever keepsake and a reminder of the one-of-a-kind Central experience. The ring is something that will unite alumni and act as a way to bind former students in the “Wildcats helping Wildcats” tradition.

Participants in the first class ring ceremony received a certificate to commemorate their place in CWU history. Members of the Alumni Association and University Advancement were also in attendance to celebrate the novel tradition.

A walk to the bronze Wildcat statue in front of the Student Union building (another new spirit oriented addition to Central) followed the reception. Additional photos were taken around the statue and months of planning, design work and patience came to fruition.

The annual ring ceremony will continue to be a part of Central commencement-related celebrations. Rings will be available for purchase each year and students and alumni are encouraged to take part in this new tradition!

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