On-Line Iron Ring Ceremony for Spring 2021 University Graduates Scheduled for March 27, 2021
As a result of ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Chief Warden of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has directed all Camps to postpone in-person Iron Ring Ceremonies until further notice. As you will appreciate, uncertainty about the evolving public health situation makes it difficult to develop a firm plan on short notice.
We are currently planning for another on-line ceremony for the undergraduate students and a safe ring sizing process, based on what was done in November 2020. Students will be contacted once details are available.
The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been a uniquely Canadian tradition for almost 100 years and is the responsibility of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens.
The private Obligation Ceremony where Iron Rings are presented to graduates and other qualified obligants is held in every Canadian community where Engineering is taught, by one of 27 local ‘Camps’. More than 440,000 Engineers have been obligated in Canada.
Camp 6 administers The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in the Edmonton, Alberta area, and held its first Obligation Ceremony in 1930.
Iron Rings are worn by many Engineers in Canada, reminding those who wear it – and others – of their ethical obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct in the service of the public.
The Iron Ring is not a symbol of registration to practice as an Engineer in Canada. Qualification and registration to practice is the role and responsibility of the provincial and territorial licensing bodies.
Information about the history of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is available at the Main Corporation of the Seven Wardens Website: www.ironring.ca.