Ursuline Academy held two Junior Ring Ceremonies for the members of the class of 2022 during the week of January 25. Traditionally celebrated at the Feast of St. Angela Mass, the Junior Ring Ceremony is a beloved Ursuline tradition that cements the bonds of the junior class. Rings emblazoned with the shields of St. Ursula and St. Angela serve as a reminder of the relationships forged between classmates and the shared Ursuline values that unite them.
Due to pandemic restrictions, the celebration could not happen as a single event with the entire school in attendance. However, this tradition is too important to forego, so instead of one large ceremony, the Junior Ring Ceremony was held twice, on Tuesday for the Angela cohort and on Friday for the Ursuline cohort. Juniors and their families attended a brief but meaningful service that included scripture readings, remarks from school leadership and from a member of the class, and prayer intentions offered by faculty. Faculty and staff assisted in making sure the ceremony moved smoothly and safely, and junior class teachers congratulated students and their families as they left the ceremony. Despite the small-scale ceremonies, the Reynolds Center was brimming with a sense of community and pride as families saw their daughters taking part in this time-honored tradition.
"The ring ceremony serves as a continuous cycle of renewing tradition among generations of Ursuline women," said Mary-Kate Tracy, Principal. "More important than the conferral of a ring or medal, the ceremony signifies that the juniors join a legacy that connects them to the wider community of Ursuline alumnae who live each day with purpose and presence as women of integrity, women of faith, women of courage and women of joy."
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