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Engineering’s sacred Iron Ring Ceremony a symbolic rite of passage

Selenne Verastegui (Mechanical Engineering) (left) and Radu Giurca (Automotive Engineering) were among more than 300 Engineering students who received their Iron Rings during a March 17 ceremony at the university's Regent Theatre.
Selenne Verastegui (Mechanical Engineering) (left) and Radu Giurca (Automotive Engineering) were among more than 300 Engineering students who received their Iron Rings during a March 17 ceremony at the university's Regent Theatre.

It is a ceremony steeped in nearly a century of tradition across Canada.

In the academic journey of a young engineer, nothing surpasses the pivotal moment of participating in The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. For Canadian engineering students, receiving the iron ring is a cherished rite of passage, and a symbol of the responsibilities and ethics associated with their chosen profession.

On March 17 at the Regent Theatre, more than 300 future engineers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology received an iron ring to be worn on the end finger of their working hand. The university is part of ‘Camp 1’, the oldest of 26 branches of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens. It’s the body that administers the ceremony across Canada and runs the Iron Ring Ceremony for all Greater Toronto Area universities. 

Held at universities across Canada since 1922, the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer reminds newly qualified engineers of their obligation to adhere to a high standard of professional conduct. It also gives experienced engineers a formal opportunity to welcome and support newer graduates as they enter the engineering community.

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