Get Set for St. John's Bell Ringing Sunday

The Annapolis college's annual tradition is a rite of passage for its seniors.


Don’t be surprised to hear the bell of McDowell Hall ringing loud and clear early Sunday morning.

If you’ve lived anywhere near the school for some time, you’re probably familiar with its traditional rite of passage for its seniors.

From 12:30 to 1:30 a.m., each of the college’s 123 seniors will get to push the button and ring the bell, according to a release from the school.

The tradition is a celebration for the students who are facing a deadline for a major senior paper Saturday night, according to the release.

Mayor Josh Cohen has granted the school a special exemption from the city’s noise ordinance, according to the release.

Seniors will turn in their essays to Dean Pamela Kraus by 11:59 p.m. Saturday at a reception at the home of President Christopher Nelson in Annapolis, according to the release.

The students then return to campus for the bell ringing in McDowell Hall's cupola.

According to the release, the seniors will participate in formal, hour-long oral exams on their essays in the spring.

For more information, visit www.stjohnscollege.edu.


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