Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Precious

Today, the FedEx truck brought me a present.

It is my class ring. I declare today my own personal "ring day."

This signet ring has the Hollins University seal on it. On the sides it has the year (2012) and "MA" for my master's degree. My initials are on the inside.

The Hollins motto is Levavi Oculos, which means "lift thine eyes." That is from the 121st Psalm: "I will lift up mine eyes until the hills."

I did not purchase a class ring from Hollins College when I was an undergraduate. I always regretted that, particularly after the college changed its name to Hollins University not long after I finally finished up in 1993. I was not going to make the same mistake this time, so I saved my pennies in order to make this purchase.

My graduation is May 20, not quite a month away. It took me 19 years to finish this degree

I wonder what the next 19 years will bring?

The Psalms

The LORD Is Thy Keeper
A Song of degrees.
1  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
2  My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth.
3  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4  Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5  The LORD is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6  The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
7  The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
8  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.


  1. Loren Bruffey JrApril 24, 2012 1:01 PM

    Congratulations Sis!!!
    Words can't tell you how proud I am of your accomplishment. You have worked long and hard for this. Wear it proudly!!!!

    Love ya!

    1. Thank you, brother. I appreciate that.

  2. Congrats to you!! that is so exciting. i remember when i got my high school class ring. they had a party & everything. i hope you have a great meal & dessert to celebrate. or should i say ... do something you enjoy & wish & hope for. take care. (:

  3. Yey! Well done - that's commitment. Hope you celebrate?

    1. I'll do some celebrating at some point, I'm sure. But probably not until graduation.

  4. Congratulations! What an awesome achievement!

    Nice ring too. I'm glad you purchased the ring as it will always remind you of your accomplishment.

    Again, congrats & kudos to you!

  5. Congratulations and good for you, buying the ring. You deserve it and it's very nice!

  6. Congratulations! The ring is a beautiful keepsake and remembrance of all your hard work.

  7. My precious!

    Well done. Congratulations on all the perserverance. What a lovely symbol.

  8. Congratulations, Anita, on such a notable accomplishment. You have every reason to be proud. I'm glad you got a ring this time.

  9. Good for you for splurging on the ring! An accomplishment such as a Masters degree deserves to be celebrated!!!


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