The Next Ritual

The Next  Iron Ring Ceremony is at MacEwan Hall Saturday November 16th 1:30 PM

We will need your ring size!  You can have your ring sized on campus in the student services office for the coming ceremony.  You can always go to any jewelry shop to get the Pinky finger of your working hand sized for a standard North American ring, it will be 1 to 12, in full and half sizes only. There should be no charge for this.

Registration for the ceremony will open in September and close the end of October.  Graduates from other Canadian universities and members of APEGA or any other provincial regulator (EIT and P.Eng.) will be welcome to attend the event as usual. Sorry, APEGA PL (Eng) members are not eligible.

This is not APEGA!  Contrary to what most people believe, the ritual is conducted by Camp 18 of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens, check our History Page for the interesting background of the Corporation. 2025 is our 100th year Anniversary!  We are an independent  volunteer run group, and are not affiliated with either APEGA or the U of C.

The Ceremony will be in person. We are pleased to be able to conduct the ceremony in person at MacEwan Hall after several years of virtual events. The Ritual takes about 45 minutes and you will pick up your certificate afterward, which can take another 30 minutes, should be all done by 3:00 PM latest.

You must attend!!!   Everyone who wishes to wear the Iron Ring must attend the Ceremony and undertake the Obligation in the presence of their peers.  This is at the core of the tradition of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. If you register but are unable to attend the ceremony for any reason,  we will not be able to send your ring. We are a volunteer group and  don’t do refunds, if you miss the event we are sorry, you will need to register and pay for the next one.  We will close the doors at the advertised time and do not allow anyone to enter after the ceremony has begun.  Please be aware that you will need to provide identification to sign in.

Guests are allowed.  You are allowed two guests for in person ceremonies at no charge, but you must register them in advance!!  They do not need to be engineers, anybody can attend as a guest.  We don’t require their names, but you do need to reserve their spot by telling us how many you are planning to bring.  Children not in school (under the age of 5)  don’t count. We are restricted by the capacity of the Hall. We will sell additional guest tickets for $10 each  if  the Hall is not full to capacity. You will get your guest tickets  when you sign in for the ritual on the day.  You must book your guests in advance, the Hall has a limited capacity and we need to know how many people are going to attend. They will be turned away if you don’t reserve guest tickets in advance.

Guest Presenters  are allowed.  You must provide their name when you register, they must be registered as a P. Eng, and they count as a guest. Guest presenters MUST be wearing their ring that day without exception.  They must be registered in advance so that we can validate their status, and they will check in at the registration table on the the day for their ID and instructions.

Dress Code –  Although  we don’t have a dress code, just about everybody will dress up in business attire for the event.

Can I take pictures during the Ceremony?  Yes,  But…  while we do allow pictures and video, we discourage this during the ceremony.  In their excitement, people tend to hold their cameras up, standup, and wander in front of the other guests, which can be very distracting and upsetting during the big event.  If you stay seated and respectful of others, we won’t object.  But, if you interfere with the view or enjoyment of our other guests who are there for the same reason you are, we will ask you to return to your seat, to lower your camera,  or in the extreme case to leave the hall.

Are you eligible?   All students graduating with an undergraduate degree in Engineering from a Canadian University, and practicing engineers accepted for membership by APEGA or any other provincial regulator as an EIT  or P.Eng, but not PL’s,  are eligible to attend the Iron Ring Ceremony. Your Canadian Graduate Engineering degree, MSc or PhD does not qualify you to attend the ceremony, sorry.

Other university Students?   If you are graduating from a Canadian university other than U of C, we will ask you to upload your diploma or other documentation such as as a transcript to validate your graduation. APEGA members will simply need to supply their APEGA registration number.

We have ring exchange program.  If your ring doesn’t fit very well after you receive it you can exchange it on the day of the event.  Check the Ring Exchange page for the details of how to exchange at any other time.

Check the  FAQ  – There are a few more detailed questions answered on our FAQ page