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Central Class Ring – Celebrate Your Tradition

Each and every student who comes to Central has memories they will hold onto for the rest of their lives—walking across campus on a beautiful Fall day, cheering on the Wildcats as they win an exciting football game, attending classes with engaging professors, exploring the beautiful Kittitas valley, or building friendships that last far beyond graduation. What if you could take all of these great memories and turn them into something tangible that is forever a reminder of your time at Central?

This year, through the collaborative work of alumni, the Student Government and campus stakeholders, Central has created the first ever official class ring representing the rich traditions and spirits of our University. We invite you to read the following story of how the Central Class Ring came to be, what it represents, and why we believe it is the start of a new tradition that will thrive for years to come.

The origin of Central’s Official Class ring began this summer with the creation of the Class Ring Committee. The committee included a diverse group of alumni, students, and administrators working together to develop a ring that represented the entirety of our university in the past, present, and future. Meetings for the committee began in July and continued into October. During this time the committee outlined criteria for what a class ring should look like and developed a survey giving the student body an opportunity to provide input on the design.

Throughout this process, the committee was supported by Jostens. Jostens representatives helped guide the committee, by providing technical advice on the capabilities of their manufacturers and illustrations of best practices from other institutions with successful ring programs.

Ultimately, based on the input from the student body and consultation with Jostens, the committee settled on an Oval Curriculum design with the following elements:

  • A unique top with a crimson stone and “pillar encrusting.” This design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it was strongly favored by the student body.
  • A unique left panel displaying the University Seal imposed on to the tower of Barge Hall with the sharp peaks of the Stuart range in the background. This panel displays distinct icons of Central that will never change. The University Seal, Barge Hall, and the Stuarts have been here since the beginnings of our institution and will continue to be here for years to come.
  • An antique finish that adds depth and contrast to the ring, giving it a more traditional appearance.
  • A personalized right side, giving students and alumni the opportunity to order a design representing their major, athletic, or extracurricular activity at Central.
  • Options to include a meaningful personalized engraving on the inset of the ring
  • Opportunity to choose a metal that best meets the budget and aesthetic preferences of the wearer.

Once the final design was completed, it was put to a vote of the student body during Homecoming Week. The Central Class Ring was approved by a 77% affirmative vote of students.

Moving forward, the committee will work to grow the Central Class Ring program, giving students and alumni the opportunity to own a meaningful symbol of their accomplishments and prominent display of their Wildcat Pride!

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