On April 27, 2022, the Class of 2023 gathered with their parents on campus in the Reynolds Center to receive their class rings or commemorative pins in the Junior Ring Ceremony, one of Ursuline’s most cherished traditions. The class rings, set with a brilliant green gem and engraved with the shields of St. Ursula and St. Angela, serve as a physical symbol of the bonds between classmates as they prepare to enter their final year together at Ursuline. The rings also connect the junior class to generations of alumnae, who hold close the memory of their own ring ceremony.
This year, the Junior Ring Ceremony was held during the Mass of St. Marie of the Incarnation, one of the founders of the Ursuline Order in North America. The junior class, joined by their parents/guardians and the entire student body, worshipped together at a Mass that celebrated both the legacy and tradition of the Ursulines and the Class of 2023’s place in continuing and strengthening that legacy. For the first time since 2019, the juniors and their families were able to resume the tradition of gathering for celebration after the ceremony, making the day a truly joyful one.
“Junior Ring was really special for us this year, since we were finally able to celebrate without restrictions, and I really enjoyed being able to celebrate with my classmates and family,” said junior Caroline Killilea. “I felt that receiving a ring was both a commendation for our hard work throughout the past three years and an official welcoming into the Ursuline sisterhood. We are now considered full Ursuline bears, and we are ready to take on that call to be faithful and courageous in our everyday lives.”