A Circle of Friendship, Shaped By a Ring

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A Circle of Friendship, Shaped By a Ring

Ella Engen, Staff writer

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Memorial celebrates their first ever ring ceremony as the class of 2020 parades across  the stage to secure their class rings. Ring ceremonies are a common ritual across America in both High Schools and Colleges and symbolize the class becoming a whole.

Class rings have been around for over 150 years now and remind people of a place they once called home. Principal Jennifer Redden has the honor to bestow these rings to the students as she speaks about significance of the ring.

“Nowhere in the pages of history can there be found a man made object that has survived with ages with the wealth of romance, intrigue, and glamor that surrounds the ring” stated Redden.

The rings are commonly worn on the ring finger on the right hand. It is also common that the insignia of the ring should be worn facing inwards while they are still enrolled in school. Although each school has their own unique ring, all rings share the same meaning.

Redden interpreted the ring as “symbolizing eternity and perfection, [and] it has been used to celebrate authority, love, and accomplishment.”

Despite the differences that everyone has, this simple ring creates an endless circle of friendship that can’t be taken away.