Ask Longwood alumni why they purchased a class ring and you’ll hear a variety of answers. But all of those responses have one thing in common: each graduate remains thrilled with this cherished remembrance of their days at Longwood.
- Wearing your class ring creates connections among alumni
“When I graduated from Longwood, I landed my first job 600+ miles away in New Jersey,” says Dustyn Hall ‘18. “In my first week living there, I met a fellow Lancer in my apartment building who first recognized me by my silver class ring. Starting to feel homesick after one week, my ring provided me a moment which reminded me about a place that loves me and nurtured me, a place where I was always welcome back home: Longwood.”
Allison Dobson agrees. “I cannot count how many people I've met or students I've worked with as a school counselor who have questioned the origin of my ring,” says Dobson ’11 (bachelor’s degree) and ’16 (master’s degree). “Each exchange serves as an introduction, either to a previously unknown alumnus turned friend or prospective future Lancer. My ring allows me the opportunity to share my love for Longwood University with others daily.”
- The class ring is more than a piece of jewelry
“When I wear my ring in my job, I have the opportunity to talk about my positive educational experiences in undergrad, and how much of a difference it made it have a supportive school environment,” says Gwen Price ’12, who works as a clinical supervisor for an intensive therapeutic program that provides social work and mental health support to high-risk youth and their families. “In my work, I interact with kids who are in tough situations, and it feels (important) when they ask me about my ring that I can talk about my education and how meaningful it has been to me.”
Emily I. Preuss-Anderson ’15, a teacher in the Farmville public schools, has similar experiences. “In my classroom, my ring is always a topic of discussion with my students because it is a piece of jewelry they see daily, so naturally they are curious why I have it,” she says. “This can lead to some great discussions about college.”
- When asked what they would tell students who were on the fence about buying a ring, here’s what a few Lancer alumni said:
- “My ring is truly my daily reminder of a place I hold near and dear, and you will come to treasurer your ring--I know I do.” Dustyn Hall
- “I would tell students to go for it. Having this ring with you wherever you go gives memories of your Longwood family. We didn’t have a ceremony when I got mine, so I love that there is now also an opportunity to engage in a new Longwood tradition as well.” Sarah Loth ‘08
- “The ring is something that everyone will ask about, and in the end, you will be happy you spent the money. It is a great memento.” Emily I. Preuss-Anderson ‘15
- “I remember putting my ring on for the first time and beaming with pride as I ran my fingertip over the engraving. I still feel that pride every time I look at my ring.” Allison Dobson
Go online today to buy your ring so you can be part of this important and symbolic Lancer tradition!