EDINBURG - Loyal and proud UTPA students and Alums endured the south Texas heat on a recent Friday at the edinburg campus for the opportunity to be part of a new tradition first recipients of UT Pan American's official class ring. More than 200 past and present students anxiously awaited their turn outside the University's Fine Arts auditorium to collect their Bronc Symbol of Pride. We asked some to describe what this day means to them and how it feels to finally own a UTPA ring.
"Oh my goodness, it means so many hours of just working and studying so it's just you know it's just a symbol of a great accomplishment."
The students, alums and their family and friends eventually made their way inside the fine arts auditorium where they had the opportunity to participate in and experience the first ever Bronc Ring Ceremony. The ring recipients kicked off their grand entrance chanting the Latin words "Semper Porro" meaning "Forever Onward" as the audience of more than a thousand cheered on including UT Pan Am President Robert Nelsen who celebrated the new UTPA tradition alongside them . He commended a group of Art Majors for designing the ring.
The ceremony concluded with the UTPA men's choir singing the Alma Mater and performance by the UTPA Mariachi.