Moments into Memories, SMWC Ring Ceremony


A sweet moment between mother and daughter will stand the test of time.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods annual ring ceremony creates a moment based around pride, academic achievement and personal growth.

Each ring recipient has their own story and Rebecca Brumfield found a special one.

For Karah Ellis, a junior at SMWC, she’s making her “moments into memories” Saturday as she accepts her ring.

“I drove here by myself and once I pulled onto the avenue, I honestly felt a lot of peace and just very emotional, which I was not expecting,” says Karah Ellis. 

As the rings come down the aisle, smiles and jitters erupt through the juniors.

It’s not a feeling many can describe until they’ve been a part of the ceremony, but in Karah’s circumstance, she has two people meeting her at the front…her mom and older sister.

“There’s only one ring to put on Karah’s finger so, I decided that I’m going to put the ring on,” says Christy Ellis, Karah’s mother. “And I’m going to let her sister push the ring on her finger. Cause how do we share that? But, that’s what we’re going to do.”

Karah and other “woodsies” are entering into a bond and family only they can be a part of.

“When you come to the woods, people say that it’s a family and it truly is a family,” says Karah. “I feel so much a part of a community here that really supports me.”

And that support will reign on for years and years to come, leaving an older sister and mother as happy as can be.

“I’m very proud and they have to experience it themselves,” says Christy. “And I will tell you that Saint Mary’s has been a wonderful experience for both of my daughters and of course, you get the ring.”

Definitely a sweet moment between mother and daughter.

102 students received their rings today.

Making it the 95th ring ceremony for the college.

This is a bond all alumni of Saint Mary’s will share and cherish forever.

And they absolutely fulfilled today’s theme of “moments into memories.”

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