The Office of Student Engagement and your senior class officers are actively planning the Junior Ring Ceremony and Ball. Below is more information.
This formal fall event begins with a ceremony in which the junior (in this case, senior) invites a special person (or two) to make a presentation of a token celebrating their MBU experience. The token is often a class ring, but students have received bracelets, necklaces, watches, flowers, etc.. After the ceremony, there’s a toast by the class officers and a group photo followed by the dance which includes light fare, cash bar, and a DJ. It is a rite of passage and a time to CELEBRATE!
We are hoping to hold the event during Family Weekend, the first weekend in October, but the date and venue are not yet finalized. (We know that no matter what date is chosen, not everyone who wishes to attend will be able to.)
History of the Ring Ceremony
This event, begun by the Class of 1969, started as a father/daughter Junior Class ring presentation ceremony and ball, formerly known as “Junior Dads”. Since ring traditions, family structures, and the university have evolved in the past 50 years, this modern event is more about celebrating your Mary Baldwin University experience.
If you plan to have a class ring in time for the Junior Ring Ceremony and Ball, you should order it very soon as production usually takes at least 8 weeks. Here are a few possibilities for where to look.
Crown Jewelers in downtown Staunton
H. L. Lang in downtown Staunton
[Online searches for “Class Rings”]
Survey and Early RSVP
We urge you to take this survey so we can choose an appropriately sized venue. It will serve as a preliminary RSVP. Complete it by June 30 for a chance at winning a $10 gift card.
Questions? Contact Sam Irons, advisor to the Senior Class or Mary Barker, advisor to the Junior Class.