Celebrating Our Sophomores with a BVT Tradition
The custom of wearing a class ring originated in 1835, almost 186 years ago, when students at West Point Military Academy wore a class ring to show their unity and serve as a remembrance of their time at the Academy.
At BVT, we have been honoring the tradition of class rings for over 50 years. Our alums will tell you that the class ring is a custom-designed keepsake that is symbolic of your academic, vocational, and athletic successes. It's a remembrance of your time at BVT and wore with pride that ties Beavers, young and old, together.
Because traditions are a fundamental part of our school culture, it is our custom to celebrate our sophomores at their ring ceremony as a whole class while also highlighting each student as an individual, as unique as the rings that they have designed. In creating a personalized class ring, you get to express your own individuality. This can be a lot of fun as there are often 1,000s of designs to choose from and an endless amount of engraving combinations.
Ring Ceremony & Dance
Sophomores, join your classmates and show off your custom-designed ring at this year’s Sophomore Ring Ceremony on Friday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Competition Center. All sophomores are welcome to participate and are encouraged to attend the ceremony regardless if they purchased a ring from Jostens, another company, or decided not to buy a ring, although we hope you will. Your families are also welcome to attend the ceremony. We hope your entire class will gather together to celebrate, embrace this tradition, and wear your rings with pride!
The Ring Dance will follow in the Cafeteria from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. This year's theme,
"Tonight We Dance Under the Stars."
Important Details for the Evening
• Students taking part in the Ring Ceremony must be on campus at 5:30 p.m.
• Everyone coming to the ceremony and/or dance must wear a mask in the school
building at all times.
• Students who have an item (ring, watch, necklace, or pin), which was not purchased
through Jostens, but would like it presented to them at the ceremony, should bring their
item to the Main Office on or before December 2nd, labeled with their name and ID
number. Boxes will be available if you do not have one.
• All students are encouraged to participate in the Ring Ceremony even if they did not
purchase anything. They will still be called to cross the stage with their classmates.
• Students do not have to attend both events. There is no cost to participate in or attend
the Ring Ceremony.
• Dance tickets go on sale at lunch on Monday, November 22nd – Friday, December 3rd.
Tickets are $15.
• Both the ceremony and dance are semi-formal attire.
Be a Part of Our Tradition!
Friday, December 3rd
Sophomore Ring Ceremony
at 6:00 p.m. in the
(Families are welcome to attend)
Sophomore Ring Dance
at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria
The Wearing of Class Rings
Did you know that there is a meaning behind the way one wears a class ring? Here are a few traditions and ring wearing etiquette that are still being honored today:
Which way should a class ring be facing?
Once students receive their class rings, it is worn with the school name facing the students. This represents their pending graduation. On graduation day, students turn their rings around so that the school name is facing out, towards other people. So, if your arm is outstretched, the name of your school can be read, and it shows that you’re alumni.
Which hand and finger
should you wear your ring?
Class rings are to be worn on your right-hand ring finger. This is to be sure there is no confusion between class rings and other types of jewelry, such as a wedding ring.
The exchange of class rings?
That's right! Back in the day, most high school students not only bought class rings but also exchanged them with their sweethearts. Boyfriends gave their class ring and letterman jacket to their girlfriends, and girlfriends gave their class ring to their boyfriends, who then wore them on a chain around their necks. The rings and jackets were signs that a couple was dating.
My, how times have changed. Not only have the style of class rings changed, now boyfriends give their girlfriends their hoodies to wear. While letterman jackets have been replaced with hoodies, the class rings have not.
So, commemorate your high school years and honor the BVT tradition with your very own class ring.