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The College of Charleston Ring

The College of Charleston school ring may be purchased by any student who will complete at least one course towards a degree from the College. The annual Ring Ceremony is held during Family Weekend each year and any student who has purchased a ring will be invited to attend.

Important Dates 

Ring Days
Balfour representatives will be in the Stern Center Lobby on Ring Days to size students' hands and discuss ring design options. Tentative dates, times, and locations for ring days may be subject to change.


Ring Ceremony
The Ring Ceremony was held March 1, 2018, at TD Arena. If you could not attend the Ceremony, ring pick up will be Wednesday, March 14, from 11 am-4 pm in the Stern Center during the Ring Day. Please bring a photo ID. 

About the ring

The design for our ring is based on the original College of Charleston ring design, which was thought to be lost for many decades.  In 1995, the Alumni Association was considering new ring designs when it received a bequest from the estate of two alumni.  Inside the package were two gold rings, identical except one was sized for a woman’s hand. 

The woman’s ring belonged to the very first female graduate of the College of Charleston, Pierrine Smith ‘22.  When she graduated, there was no women’s ring, so her fiancé, George Byrd ’21, had a miniature of his ring made for her.  They were happily married for many years and left their rings to their alma mater.  This charming story inspired the Alumni Association to adopt the original College of Charleston ring design for both men and women. 

The signet-style ring features the seal of the College of Charleston, derived from the City of Charleston’s seal, which was adopted in 1783.  It features the Latin phrases Sapientia Ipsa Libertas (Wisdom Itself Is Liberty) and Ædes Mores Juraque Curat (She Cares for Her Temples, Customs and Rights). The seated woman holding the scepter is a personification of Charleston and evokes an image of the city deriving its livelihood from the sea and prepared to defend itself.  She is shown presenting a laurel wreath to a young man holding a diploma in front of a classroom building. The date 1770 refers to the year of the College’s founding.

Rings are available in yellow or white gold, silver, or celestrium.  Your initials, degree, class year, or sorority or fraternity may be engraved inside.  A pendant necklace is also available.  A portion of your ring purchase supports the programs and scholarships of the College of Charleston’s Alumni Association.  

Ordering your ring or pendant necklace

CofC PendantBalfour representatives are available on campus several times a year to assist you in selecting the right ring or pendant necklace. These representatives are very knowledgeable about their rings and also understand the traditions of the College of Charleston.  They can also help you with a payment schedule to fit your needs.  Look for them during Family Weekend, at Graduation Fair and during special Ring Days scheduled throughout the year.

You may also order your College of Charleston Ring online by clicking here.


The Ring Ceremony

A CofC Tradition