IMG_3251On December 8, Mount St. Mary Academy celebrated the Feast of Immaculate Conception and honored the junior class with the presentation of their class rings. This tradition dates back to the 1980’s and has become one of the most meaningful traditions at the school.

Families share this special occasion with the students and attend the ceremony to witness the rite of passage. Those students with alumnae relatives receive their ring from their family dynasty, presented with the school’s traditional long-stemmed red rose.  Many families pass one ring from family member to family member further emphasizing the Mount St. Mary bond. Pictured above, the Connolly family welcomed their newest “sister alumna” Emily Trotman.

Alumnae who do not have daughters or younger relatives often choose to donate their rings back to the school. School administrators match the donated rings to students who most exemplify the qualities of the donor.

Today’s student still receives the same Mount St. Mary’s ring that students did back in the 1930s and 1940s. Though the gold ring is now available in a smaller size, the emblem on an onyx backing is still exactly the same. The emblem depicts the letters MSM and the symbols of St. Mary, a crown symbolizing Mary, Queen of Heaven, a lily representing Mary’s purity and the star of Bethlehem.

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