Iron Ring: Symbol of an engineer

A group photo from the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering Iron Ring reception held at the Polish Hall on Saturday, March 7, 2020. PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T

The Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer Obligation Ceremony was held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the University of Toronto, known as “Camp 1”. Those who are eligible to graduate, such as fourth year or fourth year +PEY engineering students, receive the ring at an annual ceremony, first held in 1925.

The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering hosts a reception afterwards to help celebrate the individual’s achievement. This year’s celebration was held at the nearby Polish Hall.

The ring symbolizes the pride engineers have in their profession, while simultaneously reminding them of their humility. The ring serves as a reminder to the engineer, and others, of the engineer’s obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct.

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