Your Louisiana Ring
Design of the class ring at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is as extensive in symbolism as it is in tradition. The Fleur-de-lis on top of the ring symbolizes the university’s primary logo. The red stone surrounding the fleur-de-lis represents the university’s primary color, vermilion. As a naturally occurring pigment, vermilion has been used around the world for thousands of years. It is regarded as the color of life and is associated with eternity. Beneath the stone, the 1898 refers to the founding date of the university. More than 105,000 students have graduated from the university since it was founded.
One side of the ring depicts the student’s class year. Surrounding the year is a grove of cypress trees. These trees represent Cypress Lake, a unique feature of UL’s campus. Cypress trees connect the university to the world since they exist on all habitable continents. Beneath the year and cypress trees is the university seal. The university’s crest represents the diverse culture and heritage of the university. The seal incorporates the Acadian and Creole flags, a shield, a pelican, oak leaves, and the Latin motto: bravely, happily, faithfully. Under the seal is the interlocked UL, which displays the initials of the university.
The other side of the ring depicts the student’s major. Surrounding the major are oak trees. In 1900, the university’s first president and founder of the Live Oak Society, Dr. Edwin L. Stephens, planted oak trees on campus. Many still stand today and are symbolic of the university’s growth, strength and endurance. Beneath the major and trees is Martin Hall. This hall is the main administrative building on campus and is named for State Senator Robert Martin, who helped establish the university. Under Martin Hall is Ragin’ Cajuns®️, which was twice voted as the top nickname in the nation and is as unique as our culture. Beneath the nickname are four bricks which represent the university’s evolution, which is reflected in four historic name changes. They also signify the Walk of Honor, which is paved with bricks bearing the names of all graduates.
Inside of each ring is the inscription “Heart and Hand” which are the final three words of the university’s alma mater.
UL Lafayette’s Ring Ceremony celebrates the bond between al UL Lafayette graduates. Students and alumni are presented with class rings by President Savoie during the ceremony.
The night before the ceremony, the rings are loaded onto a custom-built metal pirogue to spend the night in Cypress Lake. These rings are guarded by ROTC students of the University. This event is known as Rock the Swamp.
To participate in the Spring 2019 Ring Ceremony on April 7, your ring must be purchased by Grad Expo on February 20. Balfour will be on-site at the Ragin' Cajuns Store in the Student Union on January 22, 23 and 24, 2019, to help with sizing, share examples of different options, and take orders.
Rings can also be ordered online at LouisianaRing.com.