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Tradition of Roanoke Catholic School Ring Day


Rings are more than just finger decor … at least at Roanoke Catholic School’s Ring Day that was celebrated Oct. 22.

Since 1981, RCS Ring Day has signified for the junior class “your relationships with each other and the commitment to be there for each other,” said Dr. Chris Keeley, Class of ’85, who received his ring 32 years ago and today served as keynote while watching daughter Courtney receive her ring. “Being part of a class at Roanoke Catholic is a unique opportunity where you actually know and are able to be friends with everyone.”

Dr. Chris Keeley, ’85, and wife Mitzi kiss daughter Courtney after turning her ring the final time — a Roanoke Catholic Ring Day tradition.
Dr. Chris Keeley, ’85, and wife Mitzi kiss daughter Courtney after turning her ring the final time — a Roanoke Catholic Ring Day tradition.

Said Charlie Sass, a member of the Class of 2017, “This class ring, like all other rings, is about a stage in our lives that revolves around commitment, relationship and family.”

Ring Day traditions include:

  • Blessing of the rings during a Prayer Service … overseen today by newly ordained Deacon Barry Welch.
  • Turning of the rings: the number of times as your graduation year … 17 for today’s recipients.
  • The first turn is by the wearer’s best friend.
  • The last turn is by the wearer’s sweetheart, punctuated by a kiss.

While the focus of today’s service was on the Ring Day milestone for the 32 members of the Class of 2017, the students took time to thank those responsible for their journey. “To our parents … thank you for loving us unconditionally despite our mistakes, minor rebellions and other moments that were not our finest,” said Riley Whalen. “And to our teachers, you have done so much for each and every one of us … we appreciate everything. Thank you!”

Roanoke Catholic Ring Day class

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