STEM ECHS celebrates new tradition with inaugural ring ceremony

A total of 16 STEM Early College HS juniors came together to show their Rattler pride and to kick-off a new tradition.

Surrounded by faculty, family and friends, the students took part in the school’s inaugural Ring Ceremony on May 10.

“It is not a tradition here in Harlandale ISD to have a Ring Ceremony,” STEM ECHS Principal Eddie Rodriguez explained. “But it’s a tradition we are starting to recognize our students.”

A class ring is worn by students and alumni to commemorate their graduation. For as long as the wearer is in school, the insignia should face the wearer to serve as a reminder of the goal of graduation. Upon graduation, the insignia faces outward so that it serves as a badge of honor and it faces other viewers.

At STEM ECHS, the Ring Ceremony served to applaud the hard work of the students and their supporters.

“We reward the students and we identify this as an accomplishment because it’s a true accomplishment not only of them, but of the parents as well,” Rodriguez said. “I know that it’s sometimes hard to bring them to school and to get after them for homework, so today we not only celebrate the students, but we celebrate all the hard work of the parents, grandparents and everyone who is involved.”

One by one the students were presented with a class ring from a family member. After each of them received their ring, they put it on at the same time. Each ring symbolizes a link in a chain that binds them together.

After the ceremony, the students proudly displayed their new class bling and felt even more determined to reach graduation.

Congratulations, STEM Early College HS Class of 2018!

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