Eagle Staff Spiritual Honour
In May 2012, Ryerson became the first Ontario university to be presented with the Eagle Staff, a traditional spiritual instrument that recognizes the school’s effort to cultivate a strong, holistic support system for Aboriginal students. Designed specially for the university and Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS), the Eagle Staff is present at significant university events such as convocation and remembrance ceremonies.
Blue & Gold Fundraiser Ball
This student-run, semi-formal social event was established in the mid-1950s to raise university funds and celebrate the Ryerson community. The Blue & Gold Ball, commonly referred to as BGB, is currently hosted at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, external link.
Ernie the Hot Dog Man’s Annual Private Bursary
Chang School graduate and trained electrical engineer Ronald Keith Alexander operated the popular hot dog stand outside of the Ryerson library for 25 years. In 1981, the beloved vendor known as “Ernie” introduced the “Bursary Day” tradition, committing his earnings from that day to a PDF fileprivate Ryerson Bursary fund for students in need. Alexander passed away in 2008, but his business continues to operate where it began 33 years ago.