Class Ring Traditions
For decades, students purchased high school class rings on campus. Class rings were available for only a limited time, and students were forced to wait 8-10 weeks for all of the rings to be made and delivered to the school. Today, students and their families can buy class rings online. Since 2005, Joy Jewelers has offered class rings 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Whether you are a sophomore, junior, senior or alumni, savvy students and their families save money and time, design your own class ring before you buy.
How To Wear Class Rings
One tradition holds that once a student receives the class ring, the ring is worn facing the student. This represents their pending graduation. On graduation day, students turn their rings around so that it is facing outward. This shows that the students have graduated. Another class ring custom calls for classmates, family and teachers to turn the ring. The direction in which they turn it varies at every school; the ring may be turned clockwise or counter-clockwise. Choose a direction, and make sure every person who turns the ring does it the same way.
Some high schools hold formal ring ceremonies, where members of the junior or senior class receive their rings all at once. These ring ceremonies typically take place in the Fall. In most cases, just the students participate in the class ring ceremony. Student council officers and members of the school administration plan the ceremony. Some ceremonies, the class president presents each ring to each student. Once the last student's name is called, all of the students stand together and open their ring boxes. At some religious / parochial schools, the rings are blessed by a priest during the ceremony. Some communities choose to invite family and friends to take part in the ring ceremony on campus. Parents who have attended the school often bring their own class rings to share in the celebration. Building the class ring tradition like this is a great way to bring families together.
Typically, students wear the ring facing them to signify the fact they haven't graduated. During the annual ring dance, the student's ring is turned around to face the world, as the graduates is ready for the next chapter in their lives. At the ring dance, high school students officially receive their class rings. Ring dances usually take place in the Fall or Spring. Spring ring dances are for high school juniors. Fall ring dances are for seniors.