BeaRing the Night
BeaRing the Night is one of the Official Baylor Ring’s newest – and most fun – traditions for Baylor students and alumni, not to mention our Baylor mascots!
At the close of each fall and spring semester, Official Baylor Rings ordered during ring week are shipped to Baylor and carefully secured in the Ring Vault. The Ring Vault was constructed by Baylor alumnus Clint Harp out of wood from the old Waco Hall stage and handcrafted hardware from Homestead Heritage. You may remember Clint and his wife, Kelly (also a Baylor alumnus) from their frequent collaborations with Chip and Joanna Gaines on a little television show called Fixer Upper as well as their popular store in Waco, Harp Design Co. Clint and Kelly also partnered with the DIY network on shows including Wood Work and Against the Grain, and they are now proud to be working with the Magnolia Network. We are so grateful that our Ring Vault was created by such special members of the Baylor Family.
The day before the Ring Ceremony, the Ring Vault is transported under guard to the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat for what we like to call, “A Slum-Bear Party!” The Ring Vault is introduced to the Bear Habitat yard by the Baylor Chamber of Commerce bear trainers, where the bears enjoy a little (supervised) play time with the Ring Vault. Then, as night falls, the Ring Vault is secured in the locked area of the Habitat, “BeaRing the Night” under the watchful eyes of our treasured Baylor mascots. The next morning, the rings are transported under guard to be distributed to all ring recipients.