When forestry students at UBC graduate, they are honoured with a very special ritual. The Canadian Institute of Forestry presents each graduate with a silver ring that welcomes them to the profession and celebrates the bond that unites all Canadian forestry graduates.
The tradition dates back to 1953, and has its origins at UBC. That year, the graduating class of forestry and forest engineering organized the very first Silver Ring ceremony. It quickly became a tradition, and by 1961 had been adopted by three other forestry schools in Canada. The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) was asked to undertake responsibility for the program and in 1967 assumed it as a Centennial Project.
Since then, all graduates from a CIF recognized Canadian forestry program have received timeless silver rings. For graduates of the forestry baccalaureate program, rings are marked with a small raised tree and for graduates of the forestry technical program, rings are engraved with a leaf – each potent symbols of our forest ecosystems and their inherent value.
The annual Canadian Institute of Forestry Silver Ring Ceremony is an important occasion for forestry graduates. Members of the graduating class of 2018 are eagerly anticipating their own ceremony in Vancouver.
To ensure that graduates have the financial support they need to be able to attend the event, they need help from the wider forestry community. Your gift will make this event accessible to all students, regardless of financial means, so that they can undertake this important rite of passage, have their achievements celebrated, and mark the bond they have with all other forestry graduates nationwide. Please consider making a donation to support this year’s graduating students.