Student-athletes honoured at Mustangs Ring Ceremony

By Paul Mayne
May 08, 2014

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Western student-athlete Demetris Christopher (Rugby) shows off his new ring at the inaugural Mustangs Ring Ceremony. Mustangs Athletics will annually present graduating student-athletes with a ring to honour their contributions to Western sports.

Graduating from Western as a student-athlete has a nice ring to it. No, really, there’s now a ring for it.

This past week, Mustang Athletics began honouring its graduating students with a Mustangs Ring Ceremony, the presentation of a sterling silver ring to honour their contributions as student-athletes.

Therese Quigley, director of Sports & Recreation at Western, said the annual ring ceremony signifies the pride all athletic alumni share in representing the university.

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“The rings symbolize the interconnectedness of Mustang athletes – past, present and future,” said Quigley, adding Mustang alumni will also have an opportunity to purchase a ring.

The rings, also available in white gold, were presented to the 2014 graduating class May 1 in the Mustang Lounge. They will be presented to students, every year, who have three or more years of athletics under their belt upon graduation.

Quigley said the response from the athletic alumni and graduating athletes has been outstanding.

“The over 200 graduating student-athletes, alumni and friends who attended the inaugural celebration is testament to the rich tradition and pride of the Mustangs,” she said. Quigley added a number of athletic alumni have already showed interest in being part of next year’s ceremony to “welcome the graduating student to the Mustang alumni family.”

This story originally appeared in the May 8, 2014 edition of Western News.


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