This year’s ring premiere features a new tradition, 'Hokie Gold.'
With more than 100 years of history behind it, Virginia Tech’s annual ring premiere will unveil “Hokie Gold” rings this year, made with the melted down gold of alumni’s rings.
As the class of 2014 shares in tradition with the class of 1964 donors, anticipation builds over the premiere.
Philip Stucki, a junior in accounting and information systems, has eagerly awaited the unveiling.
“I’ve seen friends from previous classes get so much fun and excitement out of the entire ring tradition, and I cannot wait to experience it,” Stucki said.
The Alumni Association hopes to continue this unique component in all future ring designs.
Jackson Beck, a sophomore engineering major, hopes he has the same choices with his ring design next year.
“I think keeping this alive shows a university bond unlike any other... it shows how much our alumni really love their home here in Blacksburg,” Beck said.
Josh Mensinger, a sophomore majoring in Human Nutrition, Fitness and Exercise agrees.
“Students don’t tend to think about it, but when alumni do something to show how much they care about Tech, it reflects how many of them had an incredible experience here,” Mensinger said.
New students are also expressing how important the class of 1964’s involvement is.
“The Alumni Association seems to want us to come away from Tech with even better memories than they had,” said Kayla Thacker, a freshman in engineering.
Amidst the university-wide excitement, there is one portion of the school who may feel slightly left out of the “Hokie Gold” excitement.
Senior marketing management and ring-owner Becca Reale, expressed disappointment that the tradition didn’t start in time for her
“Of course I wish I had the opportunity to be a part of (Hokie Gold), but I’m glad to see (the Alumni Association) successfully improving on tradition,
something that’s often hard to do,” Reale said.
When asked if she might partake in the tradition on the other side of its exchange, Becca spun the ring and taks a moment to contemplate the thought.
“I’m still in love with my ring so it’s hard to imagine letting it go to be melted,” Reale said.
After a moment’s more thought she slowly exhaled and held the ring away from her.
“But if the tradition held I would want to pass it on,” Reale said.
The Class of 2014 ring premiere will take place in the Burruss Hall auditorium today (Oct. 17) and is free of admission.