Available: the Smith College Ring
No matter where they go, Smith
students and graduates can now carry with them a memento of
their time in college -- a symbol that they can look at and
feel any time of the day.
The official Smith College ring,
a stately reminder to those who matriculate at the college,
will last its owners a lifetime. Years and great distances
removed from the college, alumnae might realize their shared
past with recognition of each other’s rings. At college
reunions into the far future, classmates can compare and contrast
their rings engraved with their year of graduation.
The Smith College ring has been
around for a long time. But not until 2004 has the college’s
official ring sported a design created by Smith students.
That’s the year class presidents joined several other
students in choosing a simple, elegant design, a ring embossed
with images of the Grécourt Gates and the words “Smith
“The students were inspired
by a recent speech by Carol Christ about the legacy of the
Grécourt Gates,” says Jad Davis, executive assistant
to the director of the Alumnae Association, who is overseeing
student orders for the ring.
“When you look at the Gates,”
said President Christ on September 4, 2002, “I would
like you to remember that those who erected them felt that
walking into Smith carries with it the responsibility of walking
out into a world that needs your energy and help. We should
each look for the gates of Smith that lead out to the world
around us. Find your own Grécourt Gates.”
All Smith juniors, seniors, second-semester
sophomores and Ada Comstock scholars in good standing are
eligible to order the Smith College ring in either silver
or gold. A representative from Balfour Ring Company, the ring
supplier, will be taking orders Tuesday through Thursday,
Jan. 30, through Thursday, Feb. 1, at Grécourt Bookshop.
“Students wearing this
ring will proudly demonstrate the essence of Smith women:
bright, confident, independent, articulate, and compassionate,”
said Carrie Cadwell Brown, executive director of the Alumnae
Association, which sponsors the ring, in a Balfour Company
for more information on the Smith College ring.