Ring Out passes tradition to upcoming seniorsNov. 6, 1998
Since 1927, junior and senior women have been participating in Ring Out, a ceremony in which both groups gather near the Baylor bells in Burleson Quadrangle and the seniors pass the charge of leadership to the next graduating class of women, the juniors.
'It is a time when a class gets to do something as a group which they haven't gotten to do since their freshman year,' said Dr. Martha Lou Scott, dean for student campus life.
The Ring Out ceremony is held on the day before commencement. It signifies the passing of the guardianship of the Baylor spirit and it symbolizes the binding of classes in loyalty to the traditions of Baylor.
Ring Out began when Miss Irene Marshall wanted to provide some exercise which had been dropped as a part of Commencement to take the place of the old class day exercise.
Scott presently presides over the ceremony.
'I see the Ring Out ceremony as a significant part of our heritage and a way to preserve it. It's a lovely ceremony,' Scott said.
Graduating seniors choose a junior candidate to whom they will pass the ivy. Seniors wear caps and gowns while juniors wear light-colored dresses.
'The seniors pass the traditions of Baylor to the entering senior class,' said Virginia Crump, former dean for student life.
The ivy cable carried by the senior women symbolizes loyalty and the clinging of the ivy to her walls as the clinging of the students to the old school.
'The ceremony is important because the words they sing show the love of Baylor from the students,' Crump said.
The senior women march with the ivy cable to the Baylor bells where Baylor songs are sung and class representatives speak as the junior women prepare to accept the ivy.
'Changes will come and the students will, in changing, still be aware of what Baylor stands for,' Crump said.
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