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The Official University Ring

The official class ring of The University of Texas at Austin is a distinct symbol commemorating the unique and lifelong affiliation each graduate has with the University.

Designed for and by UT students, each ring is handcrafted for the University through an exclusive partnership with the central Texas artisans at Balfour.Class Ring

The ring’s design is steeped in UT history dating back to 1927 when the first class of UT seniors bought a “University of Texas” ring.  The original design was by Mrs. Darrell Jackson, a technician in the Department of Zoology, and was crafted in ten-karat gold and set with a garnet stone. Rich in symbolism, one side of the ring included the image of a Longhorn with a lariat looped through the horns, the number "27," a lone star, and a wreath of Texas Cacti. The other side specified the graduate’s degree and included the crest, a scroll and a wreath of bluebonnets.  Through the years, the design became available in a variety of styles and adaptations.  Although attractive, the multiple designs lacked a cohesive symbolic message.

In 2003, a student group revived the original ring design and worked with the Texas Exes, university administrators and the central Texas ring company Balfour, to create a class ring that is now the official class ring of The University of Texas at Austin.

The official University of Texas ring captures the essence of life on and around the Forty Acres. Each symbol adorning the ring was carefully chosen to capture the pride and passion of UT students. The Tower, “Smokey the Cannon,” and, of course, the Longhorn, are symbols representing the spirit of UT culture.  Elements from the University’s seal form the crest of the ring and provide the official academic designation for those wearing the rings as being affiliated with the University. 

Each year, thousands of new students attend “ring ceremonies” hosted by the Texas Exes to receive their ring.  Held prior to Commencement, qualifying junior and seniors are presented with their rings by a senior university official.  It is an important rite of passage as students work toward the completion of their degrees. 

The official University of Texas ring serves as an honorable symbol for all past and future graduates. It surpasses time and forms a common bond between Texas Exes and the institution that played a key role in helping them shape their future.For more information or to purchase a ring, please contact the Texas Exes at