this year's ceremony WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 15, 2021 IN A VIRTUAL CEREMONY.
The Order of the Engineer
The Steel Ring (or Order of the Engineer Ring) Ceremony in the United States was actually first held at Cleveland State University in the Washkewicz (then Fenn) College of Engineering on June 4, 1970. Nearly 170 students and faculty members participated. Since that time it has been adopted by several other engineering colleges throughout the United States. Ring ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order; there are currently 189 links in the United States and Washkewicz College is Link 1. Cleveland State’s Washkewicz College of Engineering has inducted more than 1700 engineers.
The Obligation that students recite at the ceremony is a creed which sets forth an ethical code of conduct for engineers. Students pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making efficient use of the world’s resources. The rings further serve to remind students to persist in their pursuit of excellence. Information has been excerpted from the Order of the Engineer website. Please visit for additional details.
The Pledge of the Computing Professional
"The Pledge of the Computing Professional is a new organization to promote the notion of computing as a recognized profession at the time of graduation for students in Computer Science and related programs. The Pledge is modeled after the Order of the Engineer– a long-standing rite-of-passage for graduates from engineering programs. The Pledge of the Computing Professional is solely intended to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior of graduates of computing-related degree programs as they transition to careers of service to society." This statement was taken from the Pledge of the Computing Professionals website. Please visit for more information.
- What is the purpose and history of the Order of the Engineer? The Pledge of the Computing Engineer?
- Who is eligible to partcipate in the Order of the Engineer and The Pledge of the Computing Professional?
- When does the Order of the Engineer and The Pledge of the Computing Professional take place at Cleveland State University?
- What is done at the Order of the Engineer and Awards Ceremony?
- How can I purchase a Pin or Steel Ring and how do I "get sized" for the ring?
- What do I do if I lose my pin or ring?
- Whom may I contact if I have questions about the Ceremony?
- How should participants dress for the ceremony?
- What if I can't make it to the ceremony?
- What is the "Obligation of an Engineer?"
- Registration and Payment Form
Graduating seniors from the current spring and upcoming summer or fall semester are eligible to participate. Example: Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 Ceremony, all graduates of Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 are eligible to participate in this year's ceremony, as well. The eligibility by major is as follows:
- All Engineering majors except Computer Science are eligible for the Order of the Engineer
- Computer Science majors are eligible for the Pledge of the Computing Professional only
- Software Engineering and Computer Engineering majors are eligible for both the Order of the Engineer and the Pledge of the Computer Professional
The Order of the Engineer and The Pledge of the Computing Professional Ceremony is scheduled for spring semester each year. Graduating seniors from spring and the upcoming summer or fall semesters may participate.
The Order of the Engineer and Awards ceremony administered by the Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University consists of brief remarks from a number of college officials, including the Dean of Washkewicz College. Departmental awards are also presented to students receiving recognition for academic achievement during this Ceremony. After the remarks and Departmental awards, the Order of the Engineer participants stand and take the oath, professing to adhere to professional engineering standards. Participants then sign a certificate which cites the “Obligation of an Engineer.” Students then come up on stage individually to receive their rings. The ceremony is followed by a brief reception. The Pledge of the Computing Professional follows the same format within the same ceremony.
Pins and Steel Rings will be sold online only beginning in spring semester. Make sure to fill out the Registration form which will include the link to make your payment. The cost of the pin or ring is $25.00. Depending on your eligibility, together they are $35.00. The price includes lifetime membership in the Order of the Engineer and Pledge of the Computing Professional. Upon receipt of your payment, a Ring Sizer will be emailed to you. You will need to let the Dean's office know what ring size you wear so we can mail your ring and certificate to you prior to the virtual ceremony. The deadline to register and order rings is the last Friday in March (March 26, 2021).
You may order another through the Student Success Suite (Engineering Dean’s Office) by calling 216.687.2555. The replacement cost is $20.00.
If you have additional questions or concerns about the ceremony, please dial 216.687.2555.
Because this is a public recognition ceremony that stresses the professionalism of engineering it is strongly recommended that students dress in business attire. Guests will include out-of-town visitors, alumni donors and corporate representatives, including potential employers. Photos are typically taken at the event that may be used in local newspapers, campus publications and on the University’s website. Therefore, casual clothes, including jeans, etc., are not recommended.
You must take the oath in order to get the ring/pin and become a member of the Order of the Engineer/Computing Professional. However, if you cannot make it to the ceremony please call the Dean’s Office at 216.687.2555 to make the necessary arrangements.
The Obligation is a creed similar to the oath attributed to Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) that is generally taken by medical graduates and which sets forth an ethical code. The Obligation likewise, contains part of the Canon of Ethics of major engineering societies. Initiates as they accept it voluntarily, pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the Engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth's precious wealth. (order-of-the-engineer.org).
Please complete the Registration form in its entirety. Credit Card payment is available on the Registration form. If you cannot make a credit card payment, please call 216.687.2555 to make other arrangements.