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Order of the Engineer

What is Order of the Engineer?

The Order of the Engineer was created to recognize the pride and great responsibility that comes with entry into the engineering profession. Each year, at ceremonies across the United States, graduating and registered engineers accept the Obligation of the Engineer, which is comparable to the Hippocratic Oath taken by medical doctors. Those who take the pledge promise to uphold the high standards and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession. A stainless-steel ring worn on the fifth finger of the working hand symbolizes each initiate’s commitment to uphold the Obligation of the Engineer. The Order of the Engineer is not a professional society that requires attending meetings and paying dues. Additional information can be found at:

Notes for May 2019 Ceremony:

When is the Ceremony?

For the software engineering students who are interested in participating, we will be hosting our own Ring Ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1:45pm in Golisano Auditorium 1400. [Note: Participants and family members should plan to leave a few minutes prior to the end of our Software Engineering department reception (happening 12:30pm-2:00pm) in order to attend the ceremony.]

How can I sign up?

Deadline April 15!

You may sign up for the ceremony in the ECCO Office, ENG-2641 (across from clean room) between 11:00am–3:00pm on M-F.  You are required to pay a $12 fee (cash or check made out to RIT) to order your ring. Sample rings are available in the ECCO Center Office so that you can determine the appropriate size. Rings are worn on the fifth finger of the working hand.