UA Football Standout Bobby Humphrey to Speak at Ring Ceremony

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama students with 60 or more credit hours who have purchased an official class ring will have a chance to commemorate their achievements at the annual Ring Ceremony Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Heritage Room.

The event, hosted by the University Supply Store and Balfour Inc., will include former UA football player Bobby Humphrey as special guest speaker.

Humphrey posted a total of 3,420 yards rushing in his football career at the University. The halfback had 15 100-yard games and four 200-yard games — both team records. As a sophomore in 1986, Humphrey ran for 284 yards at Mississippi State, 217 yards at Tennessee, and 204 yards against Auburn. Humphrey served as head coach for the Birmingham Steeldogs arena football team from 1999-2005 and holds the record for the most wins in that league’s history. In 2004, Humphrey was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

The Ring Ceremony recognizes the experiences and achievements of the students during their time at UA in a more intimate setting before graduation. The official Ring Ceremony is an opportunity for family and friends to celebrate with students who have reached this important stepping stone to graduation.

During the ceremony, Dr. Mark Nelson, vice president for student affairs and vice provost, will present the rings along with Dr. Tim Hebson, dean of students.

As students walk across the stage to receive their rings, they will have the opportunity to have a photograph taken with Humphrey and Nelson. Complimentary prints of the photographs will be available for pickup later in the week at the University Supply Store.

A reception will follow the event.

For more information, contact Mandy Johnson at


Dana Lewis or Linda Hill, UA Media Relations, 205/348-8325,


Mandy Johnson, associate director, general merchandise/shipping and receiving, University Supply Store,, 205/348-8449