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This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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UOIT Engineering graduates receive their iron rings

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Approximately 250 Engineering students graduating from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) and Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS) gathered at Regent Theatre in Oshawa, Ontario on March 21 to receive their iron rings as a reminder of the moral and ethical responsibilities they will take upon themselves as they enter the engineering profession.

Also known as The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, the Iron Ring Ceremony dates back to 1922 and is held at universities across Canada. During the event, future engineers receive an iron ring, which is worn on the little finger of their working hand. In addition to reminding engineers of their obligation to adhere to a high standard of professional conduct, the iron ring is also a way for more experienced engineers to welcome and support new graduates as they enter the engineering community.

“The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is proud to recognize the achievement of our 2014 Engineering graduates through the Ritual of the Calling,” said Dr. Ghaus Rizvi, Associate Professor, FEAS and Warden of Camp 1, one of 26 branches of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens, the body that administers the ceremony across Canada. “Congratulations to all Engineering students who have reached this significant milestone.”

“The Iron Ring is a unique Canadian tradition and truly is a special ceremony,” said Dr. Matthew Kaye, Associate Professor, FESNS, who has attended every Iron Ring ceremony at UOIT since 2008. “Not only does it remind our graduating class that theirs is a professional calling, but also that they have an obligation toward society. Coming at almost the end of their studies, it is also an important milestone as they transition on to greater things.  I remember how special the day was for me – not only because my father, an Electrical Engineering graduate from Queens University, presented me with my Iron Ring – but because it welcomed me into a larger community. Each year, I look forward to welcoming our students as well, and sharing this special day with them.”