Registration for the Camp 3 Obligation Ceremonies (Iron Ring Ceremonies) is open from January 13th through February 12th, 2021. Registration is open only to:
- current Queen’s University and Royal Military College of Canada undergraduate Engineering students who expect to complete all degree requirements in 2021, and
- Senior Candidates whose applications for participation have been approved and who have been provided with a confirmation code.
Anyone not in these categories may apply for consideration as a Senior Candidate for the 2022 ceremonies. Senior candidate applications for 2022 will be accepted starting in October 2021.
The ceremony for Senior Candidates will be held on March 14th, 2021 and ceremonies for Queen’s University students will be held on March 21st, 2021. These will be online ceremonies and details will be provided to successful registrants. Following these ceremonies, obligation certificates and rings will be mailed to registered attendees in early April.
We hope to hold the ceremony for RMC students in May, when cadets are expected to be back on campus for graduation and commissioning. If this proves impossible due to the pandemic, we will hold an online ceremony as described above.
Please watch the short video below, and read the information that follows it, prior to registering for the ceremony.
Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer
The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has a history dating back to 1922, when seven past-presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada attended a meeting in Montreal with other engineers. One of the speakers was civil engineer Professor Herbert Haultain of the University of Toronto. He felt that an organization was needed to bind all members of the engineering profession in Canada more closely together. He also felt that an obligation or statement of ethics to which a young graduate in engineering could subscribe should be developed. The seven past-presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada were very receptive to this idea.
Haultain wrote to Rudyard Kipling, who had made reference to the work of engineers in some of his poems and writings. He asked Kipling for his assistance in developing a suitably dignified obligation and ceremony for its undertaking. Kipling was very enthusiastic in his response and shortly produced both an obligation and a ceremony formally entitled “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.”
The object of the Ritual can be stated as follows: The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been instituted with the simple end of directing the newly qualified engineer toward a consciousness of the profession and its social significance and indicating to the more experienced engineer their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting the newer engineers when they are ready to enter the profession.
The Ritual is administered by a body called The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc. The seven past-presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 1922 were the original seven Wardens. The Corporation is responsible for administering and maintaining the Ritual and in order to do so creates Camps in various locations in Canada. The Ritual is not connected with any university or any engineering organization; the Corporation is an entirely independent body. The Ritual has been copyrighted in Canada and in the United States.
The Iron Ring has been registered and may be worn on the little finger of the working hand by any engineer who has been obligated at an authorized ceremony of the Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer. The ring symbolizes the pride which engineers have in their profession, while simultaneously reminding them of their humility. The ring serves as a reminder to the engineer and others of the engineer’s obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct. It is not a symbol of qualification as an engineer — this is determined by the provincial and territorial licensing bodies.
There are 28 Camps all across Canada. Camp 3 is Kingston. It is administered by volunteers who serve as Camp Wardens. They conduct the ritual yearly, keep records of obligated engineers, and manage ring replacements.
In the face of possible difficulty and danger the ring is a reminder to neither abandon your calling nor advance too soon.
— Rudyard Kipling
During registration you will be required to provide your ring size. It is important that your ring fit correctly, and exchanges will be more difficult than usual this year due to the pandemic. Please ensure you know the correct size prior to registering!
Measure the little finger of your working hand. The ring should fit snugly but not uncomfortably tight and you must be able to get it over your knuckles without difficulty. We have rings available in full and half sizes from size 1 to 14, plus some quarter sizes for smaller rings.
The best way to find your ring size is using a ring sizer, which are available at most jewelry stores and other stores that sell rings. If you can’t get to a jewelry store due to the pandemic, you can use a printable ring sizer, like this one. Alternately, you can order a ring sizer from Amazon or other online merchants for about $10.