UHV unveils class ring to kick off homecoming

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

March 20, 2017 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2017 at 6 a.m.

The symbols on the University of Houston-Victoria graduation ring include university symbols and Victoria images, including the Guadalupe River and the DeLeon Plaza gazebo.

The symbols on the University of Houston-Victoria graduation ring include university symbols and Victoria images, including the Guadalupe River and the DeLeon Plaza gazebo.   Gabriella Canales for The Victoria Advocate

The vision senior Christo Varghese had for creating a tradition at the University of Houston-Victoria about three years ago has materialized in silver and gold.

"It's like a dream come true," said Varghese, 21. "I remember when this was just emails, meetings, and now today it's unveiled, and I feel blessed."

The university hosted a ring unveiling ceremony Monday on campus to kick off its weeklong 2017 homecoming celebration.

Balfour will donate two rings to the university every year. One of the rings was given to Varghese and the other to Megan Huerta, a university graduate student and chairwoman of the 2017 Homecoming Committee.

Koozies and cake were given to about 50 school officials and students who were present to watch the unveiling of the school's first official class ring.

At the ceremony, Huerta explained the symbols on the ring.

The symbols on the ring include kayakers on the Guadalupe River, the gazebo in DeLeon Plaza, the jaguar mascot and Texas. The top of the ring features the academic seal.

University President Vic Morgan talked about the importance of having a class ring.

The process began in 2014, and the effort can be seen in the ring, Morgan said.

A class ring means recognition as an alumnus, a conversation starter and pride, he said.

"The most important thing is the implementation of the class ring as it starts a new tradition," Morgan said. "It's what makes the college different and unique, and they are things you'll remember long after you graduate."

Past graduates have paved the road for present graduates, said Michael Wilkinson, UHV Student Life and Services director.

"This is a proud day in history," Wilkinson said. "Firsthand, I witnessed the students' hard work and dedication to get this class ring started."

Students will have the opportunity to order the ring when they reach 90 credit hours.

A ring ceremony is being planned for the end of the semester, and people who order rings will be able to pick them up, said Kira Mudd, UHV director of alumni relations and annual giving.

There are 18,000 university alumni, about 5,000 of them in the Victoria area, she said.

"Once you walk across that stage, you are no longer a student," Mudd said. "Show your pride as (an) alumnus."

A ring symbolizes hard work for students, Huerta said.

"It takes a lot of long hours, sleepless nights and extra work that shows passion," she said. "This is something you can share with your siblings and family to show you did it."


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