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UTSA ring tradition sheds light on meaning of graduation

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students and rings

Top photo: Student Megan Lovelady (making Roadrunner hand sign) and her family at the UTSA Ring Ceremony
Bottom photo: Students admire their new rings at the ceremony in the Convocation Center.
(Photos by Mark McClendon)

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(May 7, 2010)--As another semester wraps up, many students are preparing for the final leg in their road to graduation. One tradition that helps shine light on graduation more than any other is the UTSA ring and the ring presentation ceremony. Alumni, juniors and seniors who have completed 60 credit hours are eligible to participate in the ring ceremony. On May 3, nearly 200 UTSA students and former students received their rings at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.

Megan Lovelady, a junior communications major, was one of the students receiving a class ring at the ceremony. For her, the ring offers a glimpse at her end goal -- her college degree.

"I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Lovelady. "When you get your ring, you know you're getting closer to finishing."

Lovelady had the full support of her mother and father, Steven Lovelady '89 and Deborah Lovelady; grandmother and grandfather, Jean Fetterman and George Fetterman, and sister Kayla Lovelady, who is a Alumni Association Scholarship recipient. For the Loveladys, the ceremony is a fun reminder that UTSA is becoming a family tradition.

"My husband graduated from UTSA in 1989 and Megan was one week old when she came to his graduation," said Deborah. "And now we also have Kayla who is a freshman this year."

Kayla Lovelady, a UTSA mechanical engineering major, understands the benefits of having an older sister at the same school.

"Since she is older, I always get to see the path that she takes and see the end result," said Kayla. "It's a great insider's point of view." Grandma and Grandpa also got involved by purchasing Megan's ring as an early graduation present. The ring can have many meanings to different people. For the Loveladys, the evening was all about family.

"I think the ring really does represent so much more than just a piece of jewelry," said Deborah "They chose UTSA, and we are really proud of them."

The UTSA Office of Alumni Programs administers the ring program. For more information, call 210-458-4133 or visit the UTSA Alumni Programs website and select "Official UTSA Ring."

 

 

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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