Iron Ring Ceremony


61st Iron Ring Ceremony

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 
Time: 11:00 a.m. 
Location: Alumni Hall, Western University - campus map

Selecting Your Ring Size, Fee and Invitations - Prior to Ceremony

Candidates are asked to attend either of the two dates to be sized and to select your ring. Please expedite the process by visiting a jeweller to determine your ring size (the ring is worn on the little finger of one’s working hand).

The cost of the Iron Ring and Certificate is $20 (cash only). After March 5 Deadline a late payment fee of $10 will be charged, so the Ring and Certificate will cost $30, and it may not be possible to have the Certificate available in time for the Ceremony. Rings will be kept by Camp 11 until the morning of the Ceremony as they must not be worn until each Candidate has taken the Obligation.

You will have an opportunity after the Ceremony, on March 29 from 3:00–4:30 pm in SEB Room 2075, to exchange your ring for one of a different size. After that, ring exchanges must be done by appointment only – or by visiting the Iron Ring homepage.

Two Guest Invitations have been reserved for each Candidate. If you need additional Invitations, you will need to make arrangements with a fellow student (i.e. get him or her to give you one of his/her Invitations). Please return unneeded Invitations to External Services – SEB 2075 so that they may available to others.  If you are having a guest ringer and require an additional ticket for that person, once your guest ringer has been approved by the Camp Warden’s another ticket can be obtained.

Please visit the Iron Ring homepage for additional important dates.

On the morning of the Ceremony - Saturday, March 23, 2019


Arrive between 9:15 - 10:30 a.m., proceed directly to the foyer in front of SEB Room 1059 to pick up your Ring and Obligation Card. Tim Horton’s in Da Vinci’s will be open during this period. A final briefing for all Candidates will be held in Rooms 1200 and 2200 starting at 10:40 a.m.

Candidates will then proceed formally together to Alumni Hall. You do not need to bring your Certificate with you to the ceremony. Please remember: Do not give your Ring to a Guest Ringer – keep it for the ceremony.

Guest Ringers

Arriving between 10:15 - 10:45 a.m., enter through the South Side doors of Alumni Hall, to receive brief instructions and be seated in a separate area. Note: Guest Ringers must be Obligated Engineers – must wear a ring to give a ring. They must have been obligated at least five years and have been approved by the Camp 11 Wardens no later than March 15, 2019. Finally, anyone with an approved guest ringer will be given ONE additional invitation for that person.

Complete application for guest ringer here.


Arriving between 10:15 - 10:45 a.m., enter the Main (west) doors of Alumni Hall and present your individual Invitations. Guests will then be directed to the seating area. A ramp and an elevator are available to get to the public seating: enter through the main doors of Alumni Hall, turn right at the stairs to the seating area, take the ramp up and around a left turn to the elevator. We are unable to invite small children because the venue is not child friendly and the Ceremony is a private, serious event.

Dress Code

The Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer is a solemn ceremony. We ask Candidates and Guest Ringers to wear formal business attire, such as a suit, as would be worn for an employment interview.


The Ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. sharp and, after brief post-ceremonial congratulations, should be finished by 12:15 p.m.


Out of respect, no photographs or videos should be taken during the Ceremony. Afterwards, ample time will be provided for photographs to be taken in the vicinity of the Anvil or Gonfalon (flag), on and around the stage. Candidates should advise their guests of this requirement.


Ample parking is available as described below and can be found on Western's parking website:

  • Springett Parking Lot (west side of Western Road), Huron Flats (located in front of TD Stadium) and Elborn Lot (North West of Sarnia Road), has complimentary parking (no fee).
  • Alumni Thompson Parking Lot (holders of permits for persons with disabilities only) for the day of the ceremony. A limited number of spaces will be available.
  • Weldon Parking Lot - $1.50 per half hour credit card only to $7 maximum
  • South Valley Lot (beside the Western Sports and Rec Centre — off Huron Drive — credit cards accepted

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