The Mount Ring Tradition
A Celebration of Class Unity and Pride
The Class of 2015 Ring Committee: (Back Row) Christian Barber, Mark McDevitt, George Yates, Kevin Pitts; (Front Row) Rosie Mastromatteo, Niki Presti, Rebekah Hayes, Michelle Rose
The Mount St. Mary's University Ring Tradition is an experience offering each class a distinct symbol of their time on campus, their memories, and their Mount pride.
Students from the junior class collaborate to create a design truly representing their class' qualities and experiences. Mark McDevitt and Niki Presti, C'15, were two of the students selected to be a part of this year's Ring Committee.
After a year of hard work, the committee presented a design emulating the Class of 2015.
The design includes the reference to the Bible passage 1 Corinthians 12:12, which states: Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. "The Class of 2015 is made of many unique individuals who each contribute something special to our class," Presti said. "We will continue to grow together as we finish our time at the Mount and even after we have graduated."
A shamrock was included in the design to represent the Holy Trinity, who is Three Persons, One God. "In the same way we are connected to God through our Catholic faith, we too are connected to all the members of the Mount St. Mary's community," McDevitt explained.
Finally, the Irish Claddagh symbol was added - representing the heart, the hands, and the crown.
"In the heart we have placed 207, our class number, because our class holds a special place in each of our hearts," Presti said. "The hands holding the heart symbolize the friendships we have built at the Mount and will carry with us always. The crown symbolizes loyalty to God, to the Mount, to our class, and to each other."
McDevitt says it was energizing to be part of such a long-standing tradition and he enjoyed discussing the meaning of the class ring with Mount alumni, many of whom work at the Mount as employees and still wear their rings on a daily basis.
Presti described the Ring Committee as a one of a kind experience that bonded her even further to her class and to the Mount.
"Our ring will serve as a reminder of this connection we have to the Mount and to all the people we have met here," she says. "For my class, I hope the Ring Tradition further brings us together and down the road, when we are all in different places, we will still be connected by the time we shared. I am proud to be a part of the Class of 2015 and I hope everyone in my class will feel this same sense of pride when they receive their rings."