Official Winthrop Class Ring and Jewelry

Show pride for your alma mater with Winthrop jewelry! Purchase your official Winthrop ring, stackable rings or collegiate tag as a lifelong reminder of your Winthrop experience. Shop the website with our exclusive partner, Jostens, or call 800/854-7464. Save $50 when you design and purchase your college class ring on Jostens.com and use promo Jostens Promo Codecode ALUMNI50 at checkout. Promotion applies to standard college jewelry catalog offering only and excludes any other products. Offer excludes: Sarah Chloe, locket, bracelet, keepsake jewelry boxes, nursing pins, watches, military academy rings, and high school jewelry. Limit one promo code per order. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid on prior purchases. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Valid only for online orders shipped to U.S. addresses. 

 

Spring 2024 Ring Days

Jostens will be on campus in the lobby of the DiGiorgio Campus Center in the spring semester. If you are a degree-holding alumnus, a current student who has completed 54 credit hours, achieving Junior or Senior status, or a graduate student who has completed at least 18 hours at Winthrop University, you can purchase the Official Winthrop Ring and other Winthrop jewelry. Stop by the DiGiorgio Campus Center on the following dates to purchase your official Winthrop ring, stackable rings or collegiate tag as a lifelong reminder of your Winthrop experience:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 & Thursday, Feb. 1 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 - Thursday, Feb. 15 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28 & Thursday, Feb. 29 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Student Alumni Council will welcome you at the Jostens table to provide more information about the Official Winthrop Ring. 

Not local? No problem! Shop the Jostens website anytime or call 800/854-7464 to place a Winthrop ring or jewelry order. 

 

Spring 2024 Grad Finale

Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Bookstore Commons, DiGiorgio Campus Center

Grad FinaleGrad Finale is your one stop place for all things Commencement! The event is held each February for May graduates and October for December graduates. It is hosted by the Student Alumni Council and the Alumni Association. Students are invited to the Winthrop Bookstore where they receive information on graduation status, alumni benefits, purchase class rings, graduation announcements and regalia. Campus departments at the event include Annual Giving, Career Development & Internships, Graduate School, Jostens, Oak Hall, Records and Registration, Student Financial Services, Technology Services, West Center and the Winthrop Alumni Association.

 

Official Winthrop Ring Ceremony

When the official Winthrop ring design was adopted in 2003, the university also began honoring our ring recipients with the Official Ring Ceremony. Students who have purchased a Winthrop ring are invited to attend the Ring Ceremony where they will be presented with their official Winthrop ring. Family and friends are invited to join. Students order their ring by Thursday, Feb. 29 will receive their ring at the 2024 Spring Ring Ceremony on Wednesday, April 10. Stay tuned for more details!

 

Official Spring Ring Ceremony

Wednesday, April 10 | 6 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

The Student Alumni Council presents the Official Spring Ring Ceremony! Students who purchased their rings prior to Thursday, Feb. 29 are eligible to participate in the ceremony and be presented with their rings. Participating students will recieve a link to RSVP closer to the ceremony date. Alumni can tune into the livestream on the Alumni Association Facebook page.

Purchase your Official Winthrop Ring as a lifelong reminder of your Winthrop experience by shopping the website for our exclusive partner, Jostens.

 

Winthrop College Ring

In its more than 135-year history, Winthrop has undergone several name changes; however, the word “Winthrop” has Winthrop College Dinner Ringbeen incorporated in each name change. You may note signage on buildings or other structures that reflect the different designations. Winthrop College was adopted as the name in 1920 and remained until 1992 when Winthrop achieved University status. The official name was changed to Winthrop University in 1992.

Winthrop College Mens RingWinthrop College graduates have a deep affinity for the name “Winthrop College” and we honor and recognize that with the Winthrop College ring. The official Winthrop Ring was modified with “Winthrop College” to continue the tradition of all Winthrop graduates being linked by a common ring. Place your order for a Winthrop College ring on Jostens website.



Winthrop Ring History

Winthrop students have worn class rings for years, but the tradition of a single ring began in 2002 when the Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Council proposed the establishment of a single ring that would best represent our University; a ring easily identified and symbolic of Winthrop.

Prior to the official Winthrop ring, several designs existed, which were used to create the current design that was adopted in fall 2003.

In 2002, a committee composed of students, alumni, faculty and staff from Winthrop University and the Alumni Association, was charged with determining the design and establishing the criteria in order to be eligible to wear the official ring. In 2003, students began wearing the official Winthrop ring.Winthrop Rings

The Winthrop ring can only be worn by those completing 54 credit hours, achieving Junior or Senior status, graduate students who have completed at least 18 hours at Winthrop University or those holding a Winthrop degree. 

It is made of a material that is considered valuable throughout the world. Whether white or yellow, gold is considered a treasure on all continents in all cultures. May the gold in this ring serve as a reminder that a Winthrop education is also a valuable treasure. 

In the midst of that gold is a circle of black onyx topped with the official Winthrop seal. The onyx preserves the tradition of earlier rings, which was often etched with the official seal. The seal was approved by the Board of Trustees in 1900, and it was based on the great seal of the state of South Carolina. You might need a magnifying glass to see all the symbols on the seal, but there is a Palmetto Tree, which was one of the symbols incorporated from the South Carolina seal. Crossing the center of the shield diagonally is a band resting on two books, and on this band are three small lamps signifying learning, knowledge, and wisdom. 

The only date clearly visible when the ring is worn is the year 1886. The graduation date can be engraved inside the ring, but is not displayed on the outside. The tradition of the ring seeks to unite all Winthrop graduates regardless of when they attended this institution. All who wear the ring have been a part of what we know today as the Winthrop Experience. That experience began in 1886, so that is the date displayed for all to see. Inside the ring are the Latin words “Veritas Cum Libertate,” (Truth with Liberty) which is the official motto of Winthrop.

The Winthrop ring should be worn proudly with all the honor and pride it deserves. Respect the history and tradition that it symbolizes and allow it to serve as a reminder of the wonderful Winthrop Experience you have participated in.