With This Ring, I Pledge To Serve
In a ceremony on May 13 in Cabot Hall, 32 graduating Norwich seniors were accepted into the Order of the Engineer. The Order of the Engineer Ceremony was established at Norwich in 1990 as part of a national movement to promote a spirit of pride and responsibility within the engineering profession.
The event was an invitation to graduates and registered engineers to accept the Obligation of the Engineer. The wearing of a stainless steel ring on the fifth finger of the working hand identifies engineers who have accepted the pledge to serve humanity.
Local sections of the Order, known as links, conduct ceremonies across the country to encourage a unity of purpose among engineering professionals. Norwich is the 17th link in the order. No dues are paid to maintain membership in the organization.
Civil Engineering Prof. Eugene Sevi reminded graduates of the significance of the event in his closing remarks. "This ring is a reminder of our calling. It symbolizes the strength and wholeness of life. In whatever avenue our profession leads, in creating a cleaner environment, designing a better bridge, devising a finer product, or developing a safer community, there our talents should be applied. Not for an hour, or a day, not for a year, but for life."
"You are an engineer," Sevi said. "May long life and success attend your efforts."
Norwich University is the nation's oldest private military college, and the first private institution in the nation to offer a degree in Civil Engineering.