If you made it this far, we should make sure you end UBC Forestry with a bang! By doing the “musts” (ie. applying for graduation and taking your grad photos) and the “shoulds” (ie. Silver Ring Ceremony) you will successfully complete your UBC experience with fond memories and appreciation.
Apply to Graduate
The application for graduation is available online through the Student Service Centre (SSC). You need to log into the SSC and go to Graduation. Select the correct degree program before proceeding into the application by hitting the Get/Edit/View Application button. The deadline to apply is February 28th!
Every year graduating students need to get their photos taken for the faculty composite. The photo is free for one pose and $45 for multiple poses that can be bought later on Evangelo’s Photography website. Please note that only individuals who have been approved to graduate will be shown in this year’s composite. Make sure you take your Graduation photos before it’s too late by making an appointment at:
Evangelos Photography Ltd
3156 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K2H3
Silver Ring Ceremony
2011 Silver Ring Recipients (Photo Credit Sandy McKellar)
Date & Time: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Waterfront Ballroom, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
Tickets Price: Graduating Students: $50.00, Guests: $75.00. Deadline to purchase tickets from student services is March 7th.
Emcees: Drs. Allan Carroll and Richard Hamlin
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Kozak
Description: Since many of the graduating students are going to be too busy with summer employment to actually attend the UBC congregation, graduating students have one opportunity during the semester to celebrate their achievements at UBC through the CIF/UBC Silver Ring Ceremony. Although this is no cap and gown event, it is still formal and will take place at an elegant hotel. There will be a plated dinner, speeches from fellow students and professors, lots of socializing, and you will receive your Silver Ring. There is no limit to how many people grads can invite, but the ticket prices for guests are slightly higher than they are for students. Each table can seat 10 people and you can be paired up with other friends in the faculty upon your request. Unlike the UBC congregation, you do not necessarily need to be graduating to attend this event. If you are taking an extra semester (or two) to finish up, you should consider coming to this event with your close friends. We hope that you can make it!
The very first Silver Ring ceremony was held in 1953 at UBC, organized by the graduating class of forestry and forest engineering. It quickly became a traditions at UBC and by 1961, was adopted by three other forestry schools across the country. Since 1967, all graduates from CIF recognized forestry baccalaureate programs have received identical Silver Rings.
What is the Significance of the Silver Ring?
The Canadian Institute of Forestry provides the Silver Ring as a welcome to the profession of forestry. It is a symbol of achievement in having completed an Institute recognized forestry program. The Silver Ring is visible evidence of the national bond among Canadian forestry graduates – a bond that overrides differences in levels of responsibility, differences in employment status, differences in province of residence, and differences in language. The forestry baccalaureate program Silver Rings are marked with a small raised tree and the forestry technical program Silver Rings are engraved with a leaf; each are symbolic of our forest ecosystems and their inherent values. The Silver Ring provided is normally worn on the little finger of the working hand with the tip of the tree or the leaf growing out, symbolic of a growing professional responsibility.
Ring sizing takes place after Christmas break. A booth will be set up in the forestry atrium and Grad Committee members may meet with you at the end of a class. Purchasing the ring will cost $50 for non-CIF members and will be free for people who are CIF members.
Becoming a CIF Member
Go to http://www.cif-ifc.org/site/new_membership_intro to sign-up. The fee is $39 for students. If you are a CIF member you will get your silver ring for no additional charge, otherwise it will cost $45.20 including tax for your ring. Check out the website to find out more about the CIF.