Iron Ring


Iron Ring

Iron Ring Ceremony Information for (B.ENG & BSE) Graduating McGill Students

Register for the Iron Ring ceremony in the term of your graduation by filling out the graduation package. Check EUS pipeline & MESC newsletter in early September for more details and the link to the graduation package.

*Graduating Bioresource students: Please contact the Department of Bioresource Engineering Coordinator regarding Iron Ring registration.

Upcoming Iron Ring Ceremonies at McGill – Redpath Hall

Fall 2019
Date: TBA
All Departments

Winter 2019
Sunday, March 10th, 2019
BioResource, Civil, Mechanical & Materials at 13:00
Chemical, ECSE, Mining at 15:30

Redpath Hall: 3461 McTavish Street (rue McTavish). The entrance is within the campus, past the McTavish gates.

Iron Ring Ceremony Information Sessions - FDA Auditorium

September 2019
Date: TBA
18:00 to 19:30

January 2020
Date: TBA
18:00 to 19:30

Iron Ring Information Session

Ring Fittings

January 21st to 25th, 2019
(McConnell  Room 8)

  • You must attend the iron ring ceremony in order to receive a ring.
  • Missed the ceremony? You can attend another McGill iron ring ceremony up to 1 year after you have graduated. Email us and let us know about your situation

Dress code for Ceremony

Business Casual


At the ceremony, there will be a group of obligated engineers who will present the iron rings to students.

If you wish to bring a (1) presenter for your iron ring ceremony, please follow the guidelines below:

  1. Presenters have to be obligated engineers*  (they have attended a Canadian iron ring ceremony).
  2. Presenters have at least 3 years of experience.
  3. They have to wear the iron ring at the ceremony.

*Obligated Engineer: Nature and meaning (Source: Corporation of the Seven Wardens)

The obligation of an engineer is a Canadian tradition. Created in 1925, the Ritual aims at cultivating esprit de corps among engineers. It has the format of a greeting ritual for the incoming engineering candidates in the profession, during which the engineer, from his own free will, obligates himself or herself to be, social and professional values.

Pursuant to this engagement, the candidate receives a hammered iron ring, which is the symbol of this obligation. The Ritual’s objective is not to obtain an iron ring, but to obligate oneself freely towards his (her) peers in the profession.

Thus, the iron ring is not the proof that the candidate holds a university degree or belongs to a professional association. The Corporation of the Seven Wardens is fully autonomous and has no connection to any other organization.

NOTE: Professional Engineer licence vs Iron Ring: The iron ring is not a symbol of qualification as an engineer – this is determined by the provincial and territorial licensing bodies (ex.: the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec – OIQ)

Wine and Cheese reception

Questions regarding the reception? Please contact the gradcom [at] (graduation committee).

Exchange period

You may switch the size of your ring (for free) during MESC drop in hours up to one month after your ceremony takes place.

*Please note if you lose your ring shortly after the ceremony you must wait 3 months before you can purchase a new one.

Iron Ring Drop-in Hours at MESC

Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:00

Thursdays 15:00 to 16:00

Alumni Ring Replacement


Please visit us during drop in hours at MESC (McGill Engineering Student Centre), Frank Dawson Adams Building, 3450 University Street, room 22, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E8


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