The Iron Ring is worn by Canadian-trained engineers on the little finger of their primary working hand as a symbol and reminder of the obligations and ethics associated with their profession. The ring, which reflects the moral, ethical and professional commitment made by the engineer who wears it, is presented to graduates in a closed ceremony known as The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. This ceremony is private; only approved applicants and obligated guests can attend this ceremony.

Upcoming Ritual of the Calling of An Engineer Obligation Ceremonies

In-person obligation ceremonies have been been suspended effective mid-March 2020 at the order of the Corporate Chief Warden of the Society of the Seven Wardens that governs the Obligation Ritual and the Camps responsible for the ceremonies.  In-person obligation ceremonies will resume when when safe to do so, ensuring no health risk to the candidate engineers, any guests, or any of the Wardens.

When will you attend an Iron Ring obligation ceremony?

Graduation Fall 2021 Winter 2021 Spring 2022
Last term of courses Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022
Iron Ring Obligation Invitation Sent late October February/March May/June


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Ring Exchange

Carleton is planning to host a ring exchange for graduates who attended a 2021 virtual obligation ceremony. Date, time and location are still to be confirmed. Once details are finalized, information will be sent to the email address used for obligation event registration.

Replacement Rings

Carleton University is unable to issue replacement rings or ring exchanges, but we can re-direct your request to the Camp 12 secretary. To request a replacement ring, please email and include the following in your message: Full Name, Year of Graduation, and Name of the University, or the Camp Number.