Oak Knoll Juniors Step Through a Threshold and Receive Class Rings

Since its formalization in 1955, the annual ring ceremony is seen as the threshold through which our Upper School juniors step on the path to becoming seniors and leaders of the school. The Class of 2025 crossed this milestone on March 12, 2024, as they recited the blessing of the rings and then individually stepped to the front of the Mother Mary Campion Center to receive their personalized ring.

The ceremony featured a welcome by Junior Class President Audrey Cicchino ’25, scripture readings, musical performances, a clever poetic dedication crafted by student prompts and artificial intelligence, thoughtful reflections by Upper School Division Head Kate McGroarty and Head of School Jennifer G. Landis, and a farewell by Junior Class Vice President Caitlin Canal ’25.

“Even though we’re all going to leave Oak Knoll behind one day,” said Cicchino, “these rings will always keep us together and serve as a reminder of our bond.”

“Jewelry holds a special significance in our lives,” said McGroarty. “From heirlooms passed down through generations to class rings representing enduring friendship, each piece carries a story — a narrative of love, friendship, triumph, and cherished memories.”

Landis reflected on her own class ring and said, “The ring that I received when I was a junior in high school reminds me that I was educated at a school that recognized in me an inherent value and taught me to respect myself, respect others, and try to do something good in the world. I wish the same for all of you.”

“To all of my classmates and friends,” concluded Canal, “thank you for creating a space where everyone has been able to grow during these past three years. We are a grade that has completely evolved from freshman year to now into a closer-knit community that encourages one another to be the best version of themselves. I’m so grateful for every one of you, and I can’t wait to embark on our senior year together.”

And with that, the junior class metaphorically stepped over a threshold into a new vision for themselves as role models, mentors, and leaders in the Upper School next year.