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The Ringing of the Bell

The women of the Fontbonne graduating class of 1949 donated a bell for the Ryan Hall Chapel.  For many years, the bell was rung for a variety of occasions, including daily prayers.  It is believed that the bell was also rung at each Commencement, with the number of rings coinciding with the year of the graduating class (60 rings in 1960, 74 rings in 1974, and so on).

In 2000, a new tradition was started and the bell was rung one time for each graduating student as a way for Fontbonne to celebrate each individual student's effort and success.  Now, all graduating students are invited to participate in the bell ringing.  The bell rope will be lowered into the Medaille Meadow following the Commencement ceremony so that each graduate can individually ring the bell, marking the end of their student journey at Fontbonne.

This opportunity will be available for approximately 30 minutes after your ceremony ends.  We invite you to become a part of this tradition.