UTSA ring ceremony reminds students and parents of academic journey

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Student Cynthia Bard (center) at UTSA ring ceremony with parents Richard Bard and Olinva Bard
(Photo by Mark McClendon)

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(Dec. 15, 2009)--As the semester wraps up, many students are preparing for their final leg in the road to graduation. As part of the journey, more than 200 UTSA students received their rings at a Dec. 14 ceremony in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. This UTSA tradition helps shine light on graduation more than any other. The UTSA ring and the presentation ceremony remind students how far they have come and how close graduation is.

Cynthia Bard, senior public relations major, was one of the students who received a ring. For her, the ceremony provides a reminder of everything she put into her studies.

"It's exciting because this is a step toward graduation," says Bard. "It's been difficult to get to this point, so it's a privilege to get your ring."

But, there usually are others on hand that are involved from a distance -- the parents. Bard's mother and father, Olinva Bard and Richard Bard of Houston, joined her at the ceremony. For them, the ceremony gave them the opportunity to rejoice in their daughter's achievements.

"We're just real proud to see our daughter on stage and getting her ring," said Mr. Bard. "We know she's getting close to accomplishing her goals and as parents we're real proud that she will graduate from UTSA."

As students and parents enjoy the evening of celebration, Gage Paine, UTSA vice president for student affairs, gets to be part of the excitement. It's no secret that the ring ceremony and presentation is one of her favorite events.

"As I hand out rings, I see the smiles and proud faces," said Paine. "They are so excited about what the ring symbolizes, and their families are just as proud of their accomplishments. It's really fun to watch."

The UTSA ring program is administered by the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs. Alumni, juniors and seniors who have completed 60 credit hours are eligible to participate in the ceremony.

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