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Class of 2003 Members Receive Ring on Cruise

By Jacob D. Beniflah and Efren Gutierrez

STAFF REPORTERS

Over 600 members of the Class of 2003 received their class rings and celebrated the halfway point of their undergraduate careers aboard the class’s ring cruise Saturday night.

Students enjoyed a live DJ and refreshments, including a dessert bar compliments of ring manufacturer Art Carved, aboard the cruise.

The Class of 2003 ordered a record 988 rings. There are 1056 members of the class.

“The cost of the ring cruise was included in the money we were given for marketing and the committee had decided in the fall that we wanted to have the cruise,” said Atish D. Nigam, chairman of the 2003 Ring Committee.

A limited number of free Class of 2003 Zippos were also distributed to students who arrived early. “People began to line up at 5 p.m. just to ensure they received their free Zippos,” said Nigam.

The cruise began under dark and ominous skies, with some light showers. However, the skies cleared before the departure of the boat, allowing students from the Class of 2003 to enjoy the scenery as the ship sailed around the islands of Boston Harbor.

Students enjoy ring cruise

Most of the students who went to the ring cruise found it entertaining and enjoyable. “Everyone had a great time socializing and celebrating a unique MIT tradition. I couldn't have asked for a better event,” said Class of 2003 President Sina Kevin Nazemi.

Others saw a deeper importance in the event. “This is technically the last time before commencement that we as a class shall be together. It’s kind of exciting,” said Asa C. Prentice ’03.

The committee members were pleased with the turnout. “The night went extremely well and we hope that the class enjoyed themselves,” Nigam said.

The ring cruise was the last event planned by the 2003 Ring Committee. The committee also planned the ring premiere in March, which attracted over 750 students.

Ring pickup locations this week

Art Carved representatives will be present this week to distribute rings to those who did not attend the cruise and to those who ordered more that one ring, and to distribute any accessory items ordered. They will be in the Student Center on Tuesday and in Lobby 10 on Wednesday and Thursday.