Founding Year: 1831
Mascot: Big Al – Elephant
Colors: Crimson, Gray, & White
The University of Alabama, the state’s first public institution was founded in 1831. It is the state’s oldest and largest public university and is considered as the flagship of the University of Alabama system.
In 1818, Alabama Territory was authorized by the federal government to set aside a township for the establishment of a “seminary of learning.” President Monroe signed the enabling act of statehood for Alabama on March 2, 1819, and on Dec. 14, 1819, when they were admitted to the Union, a second township was added to the land grant. The seminary was officially established and was named “The University of the State of Alabama.”
In 1827, Tuscaloosa, then the state’s capital, was chosen as the University’s home. Inaugural ceremonies were held in April of 1831 and the university opened its doors for enrollment with Reverend Alva Woods as President.
The University of Alabama or UA is often referred to as “The Capstone” which means ‘the top stone or high point.’ The nickname was coined by former UA President, G. H. Denny, who referred to the University as the “capstone of the public school system of the state” in 1913.
In UA, students are provided with a nurturing environment that inspires creativity which leads them to become the best individuals possible who make positive differences in their respective communities.
UA is a senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution with a mission to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state through quality programs of teaching, research, and service.
ABOUT THE RING
The top of the traditional University of Alabama ring displays a gold letter “A” that sits on a crimson stone. Around it, the name of the university and its founding year, 1831, is spelled out on the crown. Also on the crown (in smaller letters) are the words “Crimson Tide” which reminds the wearer of the UA team spirit—being a part of the Crimson Tide Family.
On the left side of the ring is the image of the Denny Chimes, the campanile tower located on the south side of The Quad at the University. Below it is UA’s mascot, Big Al.
The right side depicts a detail from the University’s 1905 original seal, with Minerva on the center, the goddess of wisdom. Additional details that are customized, is the year and degree of the wearer.
The UA Official Ring is available only to all alumni, graduate students, and undergraduate students who have earned a minimum of 60 hours while pursuing a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree at the University.
The UA official class ring is presented to the student during a ring ceremony in the presence of their family and friends. Before the ceremony, the rings are placed inside Denny Chimes by the Alabama Army ROTC for a 24-hour infusion of the UA spirit.
During the ring ceremony, the traditions and symbols of the UA class ring are imparted to deserving students who will then be able to wear their rings with pride and honor. The ceremony is often concluded with a celebratory reception.
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UA TRADITIONS & TRIVIA
The Million Dollar Band
The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band has around 400 members and is one of the top ten most outstanding bands in the South.
According to stories, the band got its name during a time when the Alabama’s football team wasn’t doing so well. The coach of their rival at that time, Georgia Tech stated, “Your football team isn’t worth a nickel, but you have a million dollar band.” And so the name stuck.
Rammer Jammer Cheer
The lyrics of the Rammer Jammer Cheer originates from the student newspaper, The Rammer-Jammer, and Alabama’s state bird, the yellowhammer.
The cadence of the cheer was adapted from the Ole Miss cheer “Hotty Toddy” and the cheer was long referred to as “Ole Miss.” Today, the drum major’s signal is still the motioning of one arm in a full circle (an ‘O’).
The cheer was a pregame ritual until the early 2000s. “We’re gonna’ beat the hell out of you!” was chanted before every game but this was considered as unsportsmanlike and was banned. Students however voted to keep the cheer and now, instead of being played before the game, it is now only played in the closing minutes when victory is certain, and is traditionally chanted twice.
University of Alabama Class Ring with RingWraps
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