Kipling Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get an Iron Ring?
All potential graduates will automatically receive an iron ring.

Note: Students who are in the B. Tech program or the Computer Science program do not receive an Iron Ring.


When do I get my ring sized?
Sizing for the iron ring will be held in the Engineering Alumni Office, JHE-A201D, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the following dates below.

          • Tuesday, November 13, 2017
          • Wednesday, November 14, 2017
          • Thursday, November 15, 2017


When is the signing of the register?
The signing of the register will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ONLY in JHE-A201D, Engineering Alumni Office, on the following dates below.

          • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
          • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
          • Thursday, March 1, 2018


Who can present me my iron ring?

a) The actual ringing of the candidate may be done by any obligated engineer of your choice who has taken the obligation a minimum of 10 years ago. The intent of this requirement is to have Engineers of some experience, welcoming and encouraging you as a new Engineer. Fill out the Presenter form and submit it to the Engineering Alumni Office (JHE-A201D) no later than Friday March 2, 2018.

b) Faculty members are always delighted to be asked to ring one of their students. However, please speak with them to ensure they will be attending the ceremony and be sure to fill out the Presenter form.

c) Seven Camp Wardens will be in attendance at the ceremony to present the rings to graduating engineers who do not have presenters. In this case, the Presenter form does not need to be filled out.

IMPORTANT: If there is a possibility that a special circumstance exists concerning the individual you intend to ask to ring you, you must explain the circumstance in a written notice and submit it along with the Presenter form to the Engineering Alumni Office no later than Friday March 2, 2018 to be approved by the Camp Wardens.


When is the next Kipling Ceremony taking place?
Kipling 2018 will take place on Friday, March 23, 2018


Where is the next Kipling Ceremony being held?
Kipling 2018 will be held at the David Braley Athletic Centre.


What time do I have to be at the David Braley Athletic Centre on March 23rd, 2018?
You must arrive by 12:45 p.m.


Do I have to be present for the entire event?
YES. You must be present for the entire event. If you leave the building for any reason and return after the ceremony has begun, you will not be allowed into the room and will not receive your ring. You will have to repeat the procedure the following year.


What happens if I can't attend the Kipling Ceremony on March 23rd, 2018?
You MUST attend the iron ring ceremony in order to get your iron ring. If you cannot attend, then you will have to attend next year or at a later date. Please note: the ceremony is only held once a year.


Can anyone attend the iron ring ceremony?
No. Only 2018 graduates, external applicants and their presenters may attend.


What happens if I lose my ring at a later date?
You cannot replace your lost iron ring within the first six months after your ceremony. To make arrangements for a ring replacement after the six month waiting period, please visit the Iron Ring Replacement page for instructions. If you have any further questions please call or e-mail Carm Vespi, 905-525-9140 ext. 24906.


What happens if my ring does not fit anymore?
You can exchange your ring size in person or by sending us your current ring in the mail and indicating which size you would like instead. There is no charge for the exchange.


I would like to exchange my ring, but I want to keep my old ring. Can I do that?
No. If you need to exchange your ring, you must return the one that you have.


Can I replace someone's Iron Ring for them as a surprise?
No. Only an obligated Engineer may replace his/her own ring.


Can I send someone to pick up my replacement Iron Ring?
You must personally pick up your ring and present your ID unless otherwise authorized by Carm Vespi.


I do not know my size; do you have it on record?
Yes, however if your ring size has changed please feel free to come into the office or go to a jewellery store to get your finger resized and exchange your ring.

External Applicant - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply to get an Iron Ring?
If you have completed you undergraduate degree outside of Canada, and are interested in applying for the Iron Ring Ceremony, you must apply as an outside applicant. Please visit our External Applicant web page for details and to download the application form.


What is the deadline to submit the Iron Ring application for the Friday, March 31, 2017 ceremony?
The deadline to apply is Friday, January 26, 2018.


When will I be notified of the status of my application?
After the Kipling Wardens meet to review the applications and make their decisions (in February), we will send you an email regarding the status of your application.


Do I need to come to the university to size my ring or sign the register?
No. If your application has been approved you will be asked to provide us with your ring size (pinky finger on the hand you use to write) via email or phone. If you do not know your size, you will have to go to a jewelry store and have it sized. Please note that the rings are available in full or half sizes only. You do not have to come into the university and sign the register. You will be asked to do so when you arrive to the Kipling ceremony.


Please contact us for any other questions.