A look back on junior ring mass

Juniors reflect on ring mass, a day that signifies every student’s connection to the Mount.

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Kate Donovan '23

The junior class gathers for a group picture at ring mass in the gym.

Ciara Fall, Senior Associative Editor

The end of the school year is approaching and juniors are preparing to enter their final year at the Mount. Junior week, the week of April 4th to April 8th, is a week that celebrates and honors the girls of the incoming senior class.

This week consists of an inspiring retreat, exhilarating junior prom, and most importantly, junior ring mass. This is a time when students are gifted their Mount class rings; a symbol of unity that will forever tie them to the school community. 

While students are still at the Mount, rings are worn facing inward, and at the day of graduation are flipped, to signify that students are ready for their next chapter of life. 

The tradition of class rings dates all the way back to 1835, when they were first introduced at the West Point Military Academy. Almost 200 years later, this tradition lives on throughout the world and in the Mount community. 

Looking back on the week and reflecting on the meaning of the rings, many Juniors agree that this tradition allows everyone to have a connection even after graduation. The sisterhood of the Mount is so prominent and emphasized in the school community, and the rings serve as a reminder of this connection.

Hannah Schaefer ‘23  said, “My ring from junior ring mass symbolizes a connection to my peers and a connection to my aunt who graduated from the Mount.” 

These rings not only connect students to their graduating class, but also all previous classes who walked the halls of Mount.

“We will always see class of 2023 on our rings, and even when we all go to different colleges, we will be connected,” said Daphne Mond ‘23.

These rings are an important symbol to all students, and a way to hold onto the past as we move onto the future.