Citadel reveals ring statue to kick off Parents' Weekend 2011

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Citadel began Parent's Weekend 2011 today by unveiling a giant ring statue at the gateway to their campus.

The unveiling coincided with the presentation of rings to the Class of 2012.  More than 380 seniors are expected to receive their rings.

The ring statue is a gift to the Citadel Alumni Association from Palmetto Balfour, the South Carolina division of the national class ring manufacturer.  Palmetto Balfour is owned by Jason Cline, the official provider of Citadel class rings part of the Citadel Class of 1993.

"The Citadel Alumni Association is honored to dedicate this unique ring statue.  It represents the band of gold that every Citadel alumnus looks forward to proudly wearing upon graduation," Ralph Tice, Class of 1974 said, "It is a universally recognized symbol of the integrity and leadership The Citadel strives to instill."

The alumni association paid to create monument site and no state money was used to the create the ring or site work.