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Juniors receive class ring in Feb. ceremony

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Alexa Vega, staff writer

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In a Feb. 9 ceremony, CC juniors will walk across the stage at College Place United Methodist Church to receive their class rings.
A reception at Mason Hall will take place shortly after. Family and friends are invited to attend along with those who are presenting the rings.

The ring ceremony at Columbia College has been a tradition for over 100 years, starting in the late 1920s.

The rings signify hard work and determination, according to tradition at Columbia College. They also symbolize much more to those who graduate from the college.
“The junior class ring ceremony traditionally has been where the ring itself symbolizes devoted years of mental, physical and spiritual development of our students,” Sierra Oliphant, director of student activities at Columbia College, said.
“The ring is presented to the students by parents or other special mentors. It could be another faculty member, it could be a staff member, it could be a grandmother, whoever is instrumental in their [students] lives that they feel would contribute greatly to that experience that they have at the junior ring ceremony.”

“I think that will be a very integral part of the ring ceremony,” Oliphant said.

Director of student activities, Sierra Oliphant, in her office located in the Student Union lounge, room 101B.
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Columbia College does not require students to purchase a ring but offers juniors the opportunity to do so. The ring is not only a physical symbol to juniors; rather it is designed to encourage and instill determination in the students as they near the end of their college career.
“I do believe that the ring is that symbol of ‘Here I am, a woman. I’m advancing myself, I’m developing holistically, not just in one direction, and as a woman in the kitchen or a woman just in [the] house, but I am expanding myself and broadening my horizons and developing myself as an individual and my identity as a woman,’”Oliphant said.
For those who will participate in the ceremony it is important to enjoy it, Oliphant said.
“Have fun. Enjoy your time with your family, your friends, and take those moments to have fun.”

 

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