Founding Year: 1881
Mascot: Bevo - Longhorn
Colors: Burnt Orange & White
In 1839, the Congress of the Republic of Texas realized that state had a need for a site for higher learning and education. This education establishment was going to be considered a "university of the first class" and in 1881, Austin Texas was chosen as the site of this future institution. No more than two years later, on Sept. 15, 1883, The University of Texas at Austin opened its doors for the first time.
Officially founded in 1881, the University of Texas started with humble beginnings, with only one building, eight professors, and just over 220 students.
Since then, The university has grown into one of the largest and nationally recognized universities in the south. the University of Texas is a world-renowned university, research facility, and public service institution that is the alma mater for over 50,000 students a year. Considered to be among the public ivies, University of Texas is ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty, all of whom are proud to call themselves longhorns.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CLASS RINGS
The official University of Texas ring is a time-honored tradition that links students with their UT experience. It is an emblem of academic achievement that designates the wearer as a proud Texas Ex.
Designed for and by University of Texas students, each ring is handcrafted for the University, a reminder of the commitment each student took to better themselves. The ring, rich in symbolism, is a badge of honor, proudly worn by UT Alumni. It symbolizes the academic achievement each student earned at the university and is reserved exclusively for those who have met the academic call.
Proudly seated atop the ring is a the University of Texas seal, “Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis”, a quote from Republic of Texas President Mirabeau Lamar that reads,“Education is the safeguard of democracy.”
Emboldened on one side of the ring is the phrase, “The eyes of Texas are upon upon you.” On the same side is the Texas Exes symbol, a symbol of the link to the generations of UT alumni, and below it is the beloved Texas Longhorn mascot.
On the other shank is the University of Texas Tower, a symbol that would be recognized by anyone who has ever set foot on the “Forty Acres”.
This ring is a lifelong emblem of UT pride a reminder of accomplishment serves as an honorable symbol for all past and future graduates.
Source: Texas Exes
Courtesy of Texas Exes
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RING TRADITIONS
CLASS RING CEREMONY
One of the University of Texas's most time honored traditions, the ring ceremony is a special way for students to commemorate their time and their achievements at UT. Every ring is individually presented their ring by a senior university administrator, a way of passing the torch.
You see it everywhere. The minute you set foot on The University of Texas campus, and you'll see it. It's on the covers of library books, on the shoulder patches of University of Texas police officers, on the plaques that recognize the various university donors, and even in stones that make up the University buildings. The University Ring Seal is over 100 years old and to this day proudly represents the University.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TRADITIONS AND TRIVIA
Hook 'em, Horns
First imagined in 1955 by head yell leader Harley Clark, Clark introduced the gesture as "the official hand sign of the University of Texas, to be used whenever and wherever Longhorns gather" and it spread to the big game held the next day. This hand sign became The University’s official hand sign and to this day is one of the most recognizable marks of school pride.Hook 'em Horns!
"The Eyes of Texas"
the Eyes of Texas," the official song of the University of Texas at Austin, was sung for the first time on Mar 12, 1903 at a benefit for the university track team at the Hancock Opera House. Since then, this song has been the source of great zeal and pride, often heard over the cheering crowds at UT football games.
Women's University of Texas Class Ring
Men's University of Texas Class Ring