Ring Dance Tradition

Class rings are a USNA tradition and celebrated every year by the anticipated world renowned Ring Dance. A very formal affair, the Ring Dance started in 1925 and is where 2/C Midshipmen are officially allowed to wear their class rings. Each ring is blessed by dipping it into the “Waters of the Seven Seas,” a bowl of water collected from the seven seas. This symbolizes a Midshipman’s marriage to the U.S. Navy.

Class Ring Design

U.S. Naval Academy class rings are some of the most iconic and recognizable class rings in the entire world. Every USNA class ring produced has only two common characteristics; the Naval Academy seal on one side fo the ring and a class crest on the other. These similarities symbolize the connection a Midshipman has to all previous years and to all future ones to come.

Class Crests

Starting in 1869 and happening every year since, Midshipmen form a Class Ring and Crest Committee to design a unique crest for their graduating class year.

Individualizing Options

Every Midshipman is allowed to choose their own stones and settings to individualize their class ring. Many also choose to modify the ring itself adding stones or additional designs in non traditional fashions.


The center base is the design of your class ring center.

Center Gemstone

The center stone is set into the base of your class ring.


Dividers replace the stock gold stars on your ring.

Wearing Your Ring

As is custom, the ring shouldn’t be worn until the beginning of the Ring Dance. Your ring should be worn on the third finger of the left hand with the class crest facing inwards.