University of Tulsa Class Ring

UT Mascot

Founding Year: 1894

Mascot: Captain Cane

Colors: Royal Blue, Old Gold, and Crimson

The University of Tulsa was established by a Presbyterian church in Muskogee, Indian Territory, in 1982 and was originally meant as a Presbyterian School for Indian Girls. In 1984, the Synod of Indian Territory asked the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church to promote the status of the academy and chartered it as Henry Kendall College, named after the Home Missions Board’s first general secretary. The initial classes in the new institution were held on September 12, 1894.

In the following years, the college encountered financial difficulties which drove the school officials to transfer control to the Synod of Indian Territory. They sold the school’s property and looked for a new location. The business and professional community of Tulsa invited the Henry Kendall College to move to their community in 1907. At that time the city was booming due to the discovery of oil at Glenpool and Oklahoma was declared as a state.

Several years later, another college that was supposed to be named after oilman Robert M. McFarlin, was proposed for the city but the trustees of Henry Kendall College knew that Tulsa was too small to support two rival colleges so they suggested that the planned McFarlin College and Kendall College merge into one institute, “The University of Tulsa.”

On November 9, 1920, a charter for the university was approved and by 1928, the articles of incorporation had been modified to build the modern structure as an independent school corporation governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees.

Today, UT functions as a nondenominational, independent university. A top-rated research institute, the university opens its doors to students from diverse faiths and countries. UT promotes a diverse experience for students and faculty in spite of religious or cultural background through a strong belief in mutual respect and understanding.


The University of Tulsa’s official class ring incorporates in its design a strong obligation to academic excellence with an intricate carving of the cupola displayed on the top of the ring. The ringing of the cupola marks the conclusion of the academic study for UT students and the start of their part as alumni.

The McFarlin Library is etched on the side of the ring which signifies the ongoing quest for knowledge and learning. The University seal engraved on the opposite side of the ring with the words “wisdom, faith and service.”

Finally, the wearer’s degree and class year are engraved on the ring to represent each student’s one of a kind academic experience at The University of Tulsa. The official ring represents the story and spirit of The University of Tulsa and is the most visible emblem of honor and achievement of UT graduates.

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Ringing the Cupola Bell

One of the long-standing traditions at Tulsa University, dating back more than a half-century, seniors who are scheduled to graduate ring the cupola bell after finishing the last final exam of their UT careers. The bell is usually rung again by the students during Commencement day.

Homecoming Bonfire

UT students fully feel the fall season because of Homecoming. UT start this tradition with the Dietler Commons bonfire. The events become more exciting as cheerleaders rev up the crowd while the band plays, and representatives from the student body, alumni, faculty and administration ignite the bonfire together.


The UT crowd takes advantage of the chance to kick back, grab a blanket, and enjoy some live music during the Springfest tradition. Big acts have been brought to campus in the recent years and to accommodate a larger crowd, the concerts have been moved to the Reynolds Center.

Toilet Bowl

For over half a century, the John Mabee Hall residents, also known as “The John,” have organized the Toilet Bowl flag football game every spring. During halftime, a Toilet Bowl queen is crowned; and they celebrate a big party after the game.

University of Tulsa Class Ring

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