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What Does the Ring Symbolize? – DRAFT

A symbol of history and Wolfpack spirit


The NC State Ring Collection was designed for our university in 2005 by a committee of students, alumni, faculty and staff. Its distinctive features capture NC State through symbols you’re sure to recognize—no matter when you graduated. The NC State Ring is reserved exclusively for graduates and students who have completed at least 60 credit hours.

The Memorial Belltower is supported by 19 bricks, representing the number of students in the first class to graduate. The North Carolina motto, “esse quam videri” (“to be rather than to seem”), speaks to our solutions-based role as a land-grant institution. The open doors of Holladay Hall welcome new students and returning alumni. A proud pack of wolves lunges in front of the university mace. Twenty-one bricks represent the size of the first class to enroll. The Block-S logo tops the traditional style and signet rings, encircled by the name and founding date of the university. Your college is identified in a banner on your ring.

Official NC State Rings are designed to symbolize the university experience and to capture the Wolfpack spirit. The NC State Ring is a testament to your success as a student and your pride and loyalty as an alumnus. It is not a piece of jewelry destined to sit in a box. It’s meant to be worn with pride to show the world you are Red and White for life.

Above all, the ring signifies the foundation of knowledge and comprehensive education that you built at NC State and the impetus the university provided to you on your personal road to growth and achievement.

See Official NC State Ring styles and customization options.

Learn more about the legacy of the NC State Ring.

See what the NC State Ring legacy means to alumni.