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USMMA Class of 2010 Ring Dance

This past Friday, August 21st, 2009, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2010 held their annual Ring Dance at the fabulous Gotham Hall in New York City.

The Merchant Marine Academy is an institution that is steeped in tradition and the Ring Dance is one of the most interesting of those traditions. Thi Ring Dance is where the graduation class celebrates the beginning of their senior year.

The “ring dipping” ceremony involves the class ring being dipped into a bowl of special water representing waters of each of the Seven Seas. Each Midshipman is accompanied by a date who wears the ring on a strip of ribbon around their neck. Prior to dipping, the date removes the ring, which is dipped into the water, and then placed on the right ring finger of the Midshipmen.

To make things even more interesting, there is another ring involved in the ceremony. This is no ordinary ring…..it is a HUGE replica of the class ring. It’s big enough that it takes at least 10 people just to move half of it. The big ring is set up at the site of the ring dipping ceremony and makes for a wonderful backdrop for this very special event.

And of course, there’s the party (afterall, this is a dance). Although Kings Point may not be known as a party school, nobody (and I do mean nobody!) parties like Kings Pointers party.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

You can view all of the Class of 2010 Ring Dance photos by clicking the KINGS POINT PHOTOS link on the menu bar at the top of this page.

The Ring Arrives…



The Venue – Gotham Hall, NYC




Midshipmen and Dates Arrive




Class President, Commandant of Midshipment, and Academy Superintendent Address Class of 2010


The Toast

Ring Dipping







Academy Superintendent Allen Worley and Mrs. Worley

Let the party begin!





















Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

You can view all of the Class of 2010 Ring Dance photos by clicking the KINGS POINT PHOTOS link on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Hanging Out With the Family

One of the things about having such a HUGE extended family is not being able to keep up with everyone. It usually takes either a wedding or a funeral to bring us together. Last night we had the opportunity to get together to celebrate my Aunt Janie’s 75th birthday. The family is spread out all over the country so it’s pretty much impossible to get everyone together at once, but even a “small” family gathering involves no less that 100-150 people…..and last night was no different.

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