Traditions and Generations Encircle Ring Day
Generations came together for the annual Ring Day Mass and Ceremony at St. Mary’s Dominican High with the Class of 2018 counting 46 mothers, 19 grandmothers, and 4 great-grandmothers who are Dominican alumnae.
For senior Caroline Bickerton, her class ring is one close to the family. It was first worn by her great-grandmother, Charlotte Bernhard Pearce when she graduated in 1940 from Dominican. Caroline’s aunt, Lisa Lagarde Salzer, wore the ring during her senior year in 1982. Although Mrs. Pearce was not able to attend Ring Day ceremonies, her entry 77 years ago in the yearbook, Regina Rosarii, remained timely. “It is with a deep feeling of regret that I leave Dominican with its beloved teachers and guides, for some of the happiest days of my life were spent within its portals.”
During the Presentation of Rings, Caroline, and her family represented a Dominican Legacy Family. Joining Caroline, were her mother, Charlotte Lagarde Bickerton ’81, grandmother Charlotte Pearce Lagarde ’60, and sisters Catherine ’20 and Jane Bickerton ’22.
After Mass, the Class of 2018 followed the tradition of running through the halls to have their rings turned 118 times by students, faculty and staff who waited for them along the halls of St. Mary’s Hall.