Ring Day is a time-honored tradition at OLSH, where members of the Junior class gather to celebrate coming one step closer to graduation. This year's ceremony was hosted by the Class of 2023 and their moderator, Mrs. Darcy Pihlblad. The junior class and guests celebrated Mass at OLSH before enjoying dinner together at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.
The celebration of Ring Day dates back to 1954 and symbolizes the students' transition from youth to adulthood and from underclassmen to upperclassmen. Ring Day is traditionally held on or near November 21st as a tribute to the day the Congregation of Felician Sisters was founded in 1855.
Each student chooses his or her own ring to be blessed and distributed at the Ring Day Mass. Students who did not purchase a class ring were permitted to bring any special object or family heirloom to be blessed. The blessed item that each student chooses to wear stands as a reminder of their goal to graduate from OLSH and to choose a life path in line with the Felician Core Values.
Junior parents who also happen to be OLSH alumni were invited to participate in the ceremony in a special way – they presented their children with their rings at the altar. The junior class has six legacy students. Tom Goodwin ’92, Bill Stickman IV ’98, and Colin ’92 and Marie ’95 Wrabley were honored to be present at the ceremony to give their kids their rings.
At dinner that evening, the junior class was addressed by senior class president, Austin Hansen. They all enjoyed showing off their rings and are looking forward to what the next two years have in store for them as upperclassmen.