Five things to know about Ring Premiere
The class ring embodies traditions and memories of Virginia Tech, linking generations of Hokies. Each year, special moments shared by a class are reflected in the redesign of one side of the ring.
The design for the Class of 2024 will be unveiled at Ring Premiere on Oct. 5 in Burruss Auditorium. A presentation of photos submitted by students will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the premiere at 8 p.m. The steps of Burruss will be graced by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets' Gregory Guard.
Here are five things to know about this year’s event:
1. The tradition goes back more than 100 years. The first set of rings was created during the 1911–12 school year. The classes of 1911 through 1914 all designed their own unique rings.
2. You’ll see the big unveiling. Virginia Tech is one of the few colleges and universities that redesign the ring collection each year, and the Class of 2024’s design will be revealed at the event.
3. You can check items off your Hokie Bucket List. Start by crossing off No. 36 by attending Ring Premiere. Tackle No. 5 when you order your class ring and look forward to March and completing No. 40 — attending Ring Dance.
4. Each class chooses a ring namesake and class sponsor. The Class of 2024 will be honoring Barbara J. Pendergrass, the first Black dean of students, and Brandy Faulkner, the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies.
5. Enjoy the fireworks show! Celebrate with fireworks over the Drillfield. Skipper, the Corps of Cadets' cannon, also will be part of the show.