I was sitting around the dinner table with my mom, dad and my brother Pete and I noticed we were all very nerdily wearing our high school graduation rings on our right-hand-ring fingers. Still. After all these years. My dad has been wearing his since 1965!
Before you judge too harshly, I should explain that we all graduated from Falls High School in International Falls, Minnesota. A school which just happens to have the oldest graduation ring tradition in the United States. Dating back to 1929, this ring design has been used every year since. Everybody who graduates from Falls High School is offered this one option from Jostens for their class ring. And most people buy it.
It's the kind of ring you actually want to wear for the rest of your life. Check it out:
|Missing from this family photo are Kim, Keri, Kelly and Kasey, all of whom I'm sure still wear theirs too.|
It's got a waterfall (International Falls, duh) and some pine trees (Minnesota, duh) and all the way around the outside of that it says, in tiny tiny letters: "Falls High School * International Falls, Minn."
On one side, it says 19 and on the other it shows your graduation year. Ours are:
You get your ring before you graduate, and you're supposed to point the waterfall towards yourself, signifying the knowledge entering your body and at graduation they do a little ceremony where everybody turns their rings around, meaning now it's time to share that knowledge. (See the comment attached from Auntie Cheryl).
Are you part of any nerdy traditions? And proud of it? Let me know in the comments.