Single ring tradition comes to life at
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2001
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Tom Craig, Director of Media and
In the spirit of collegiate tradition, the Alumni
Association at Abilene Christian University will unveil what
is anticipated to be one of the school's most cherished
traditions Wednesday, March 21 - an official ACU ring.
Now with only one ring design available for qualifying
students and alumni, the official ring embodies the story
and spirit of ACU and is destined to become the most visible
emblem of honor and achievement among ACU students and
alumni, said Amber Peck, coordinator of alumni outreach.
Students are eligible to order a ring after successfully
completing 60 hours of coursework. The first rings will be
presented to Dr. Royce Money, ÅCU president, and Matt
Tapie, president of the Students' Association, for the
student body Wednesday at 11 a.m. during ACU's daily chapel
assembly in Moody Coliseum.
After that, qualified students will be able to order
rings in the ACU Campus Store where the official ring will
be on display.
"It's not simply a ring
it's relationships. It's
not just a piece of jewelry
it's a visible symbol of
an experience that changes your life," Peck said. "It's a
chance to take a piece of your treasured times at ACU with
you when you go."
While classes have adopted single ring designs in the
past, ACU has never had an exclusive ring design. Peck said
now, with one official ring design, the goal is to create a
lasting symbol that will immediately identify all graduates
of Abilene Christian University.
Each element on the sides and top of the ring represent
unique parts of ACU's identity.
Etched on one side of the ring, the Hardin Administration
and Biblical Studies buildings represent the integration of
faith and learning to old and new generations, Peck said.
Likewise, the steps of both the Ad Building and Beauchamp
Amphitheater have come to symbolize the long-standing
traditions of Tuesday Night Devotionals and a cappella
"The title of the song, 'The Lord Bless You and Keep
You,' is engraved on the steps as a reminder of the
much-loved hymn sung at the conclusion of major events such
as Sing Song and Opening Chapel," Peck said. Also on that
side of the ring, the living flame signifies the spirit of
the university intertwined with the eternal spirit of
On the other side, the wildcat symbolizes a tradition of
championship athletics. In 1919, the students who raised
the most money to purchase land for an athletic field chose
the wildcat to serve as our official mascot.
Below the wildcat, the Lone Star represents the state of
Texas, along with the words in ACU's school song, "like
stars shining brightly above you." The stars signify ACU's
82,000 alumni living in 109 countries around the world, Peck
Also, the class year is engraved on each ring to
recognize each student's unique ACU experience.
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