Events

Iron Ring Ceremony

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The ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has a history dating back to 1922, when seven past presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada attended a meeting in Montréal with other engineers. One of the speakers was mining engineer Professor Haultain of the University of Toronto. He felt that an organization was needed to bind all members of the Engineering profession in Canada more closely together and that a statement of ethics needed to be made. With the help of Rudyard Kipling, the first Iron Ring ceremony took place on April 25th 1925.

The Iron Ring is relatively plain; originally made from iron, now made from stainless steel, the ring still retains its original character. The simple grey ring has the appearance of being worked, as opposed to the smooth polished finish of a common ring worn as jewelry. Today, worn proudly on the small finger of the working hand, the ring serves to remind the owner of the responsibilities they hold, as lives and safety are at stake for every engineer’s decisions. It also identifies the owner to the world as a Canadian engineer.

If you are graduating and need information about the iron ring ceremony, please contact your departmental grad rep or the EUS Graduation Director at grad@ubcengineers.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Iron Ring Ceremony?

The 2018 Iron Ring Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

What if I want a family member to present me my ring?

Anyone wishing to have a Ring presenter must email Leslie Hart at hart3582@telus.net with the name, relationship and email address of their presenter. The deadline for this is February 15th. and the following conditions apply:

1) The ring presenter must be an Obligated Engineer wearing their own Iron Ring.

2) The ring presenter must be a relative of the registered student receiving the ring.

3) The ring presenter and ring recipients are seated in a relatively small section of the auditorium, so only one presenter per student is permitted.

Once Iron Ring has confirmed that they are an Obligated Engineer, they will email the presenter and attach an information file with timing, Ceremony procedure, etc. They will also copy the email to the student concerned so that they know as well.

Can my friends and family attend the Iron Ring Ceremony?

Any Obligated Engineer wearing their Iron Ring is welcome to attend the Ceremony and does not need to register beforehand. Non-Engineers or Non-Obligated Engineers are not allowed to attend the Ceremony.

Can I get an Iron Ring in March if I'm graduating in December? What if I will be out of town next March and unable to attend that ceremony?

No, unfortunately you will have to wait until next year’s ceremony. You may attend a ceremony in any other region if you will be out of town.

What do I do if I have a course conflict for either the info session or the ceremony itself?

The faculty has been informed of this timeline. They are doing their best to accommodate any conflicts. If the conflicts are NOT resolved by the end of February, directly contact the EUS Graduation Director at grad@ubcengineers.ca.

Where do I sign in at the Queen Elizabeth Theater?

More information will be communicated towards the end of February.

How do I enter the Queen Elizabeth Theater if I have yet to receive my ring?

Prior to the Ceremony, anyone registered to attend the Ceremony and take the Obligation picks up their ring from the appropriate registration desk, and pushes it down to the first knuckle of the little finger of the working hand. It is shown in this way to a door usher as a ‘ticket’ to enter the auditorium seating area. During the Ceremony Camp 5 Wardens and Ring Presenters, if approved, will push it down to its final position.

Is there any social event happening after the Ceremony?

There will be a social night organized at a bar most likely in downtown Vancouver. Departmental Clubs are encouraged to arrange for a post-ceremony dinner of sorts if they wish and attend the social after.