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Top photo: Graduation candidate Alberto Ramon (blue shirt) with
(from left) sister Belinda Ramon, mother Rosa Ramon and father
Abraham Ramon at the UTSA ring presentation ceremony
Middle and bottom photos: Students and their UTSA rings
(Photos by Mark McClendon)

UTSA tradition: Ring has many meanings

By Omar Hernandez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 6, 2009)--As UTSA continues to grow, so do its traditions. The UTSA ring and the ring presentation ceremony form a symbol that connects students past, present and future. Nearly 250 UTSA students received their rings at an April 30 ceremony in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. In addition to alumni, juniors and seniors who have completed 60 credit hours are eligible to participate in the ring ceremony. The ring can have many meanings to different students.

Nearly 250 UTSA students received their rings at an April 30 ceremony in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. In addition to alumni, juniors and seniors who have completed 60 credit hours are eligible to participate in the ring ceremony. The ring can have many meanings to different students.

"The ring will be a constant reminder of the hard work I accomplished to get my degree," said Gerald Halbeisen, a senior computer science major. And with a smile he added, "For me it s not really an item to show off, although people see the ring and automatically know I'm a college graduate."

Alberto Ramon, a senior finance major, could hardly contain himself with excitement as he helped his family get settled before the ceremony.

"I feel really blessed, humbled and honored to finally be able to graduate from college," said Ramon. "The ring will be my culmination of everything I've gone through and I can finally say I made it."

Fortunately for Ramon, making it meant having the support of his family, and in his family, everybody pitches in.

"We've seen him accomplish a lot," said Abraham Ramon, Alberto's father. "It means a great deal to us because we have also sacrificed a great deal to help him through his process, and the sacrifices were well worth it."

The UTSA ring program is administered by the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs and facilitated through the UTSA bookstore.

For more information, call (210) 458-4133 or visit the UTSA Alumni Programs Web site and select "Official UTSA Ring."

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