The Virginia Tech class ring embodies the memories and traditions that link generations of Hokies. Each year, one side of the ring is redesigned to reflect the special moments shared by an individual class.

The Class of 2023 design will be unveiled on Oct. 6 at Ring Premiere in Burruss Auditorium. A photo montage submitted by students will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the premiere starting at 8 p.m. The Corps Gregory Guard will be at the steps of Burruss.

Here are six things to know about this year’s event:

class rings on display

1. You’ll get to see the big reveal. Virginia Tech is one of the few colleges and universities that redesign their ring collection every year. The Class of 2023’s design will be unveiled at the premiere.

2. The tradition is more than 100 years old. The first set of rings was created during the 1911-12 school year, when the classes of 1911 through 1914 designed four unique rings.

3. Celebrate with fireworks! After the premiere, you’ll enjoy a fireworks show over the Drillfield. The Skipper Cannon will also be part of the celebration.

Irving Peddrew and Bevlee Watford headshots

4. Each class selects a ring namesake and class sponsor. The Class of 2023 honorees are Irving L. Peddrew, the first Black student admitted to Virginia Tech, and Bevlee Watford, associate dean for equity and engagement.

5. You’ll hear the Highty-Tighty band play “Tech Triumph.” This has been a Ring Premiere tradition since 2006.

VT logo with pompoms and Hokie Bucket List printout

6. Check off items on the Hokie Bucket List. Tackle No. 36 by attending your class Ring Premiere. Cross off No. 5 by ordering your class ring. Then look forward to No. 40, attending Ring Dance.

The new collection will be on display at the Squires Student Center. Share your ring story on social with #HokieRing.

Written by Julie Flanagan

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