It's an Honor.
Current or past SHSU students, who have completed 75 credits, are eligible to order the official SHSU Ring. Graduate students may order at any time.
Each gold ring symbolically captures the uniqueness of SHSU. The top of the ring features "SH" above a star and surrounded by the words, "Sam Houston State University." One side of the ring displays Austin Hall with "SHSU" below, and the other side shows a high-contrast image of the statue of General Sam Houston with the founding year of "1879" below and the class year to the right of Sam Houston.
Cast into the inside of the ring is the word "Honor." When Sam Houston joined the U.S. Army in 1813, Sam Houston's mother Elizabeth understood her son's decision. She called Sam to her side and handed him a musket saying "never disgrace it: for remember I had rather all my sons should fill one honorable grave, than one of them should turn his back to save his life." She told him to always remember, "while the door to my cottage is open to brave men, it is eternally shut to cowards." Elizabeth Houston placed a small gold band on his finger with a one-word inscription - HONOR.
Each SHSU class ring spends the night at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Sam Houston's historic home on the eve of the ring ceremony. Juniors and seniors wear the ring with the school name facing them. Upon the granting of degrees at Commencement, graduates turn the ring around, with the name facing outward. This symbolizes that the graduate is taking their SHSU knowledge out into the world.
Ordering Rings and the Ring Ceremony
Rings may be ordered online, in the Campus Bookstore, or during Ring Days on campus.
Fall 2020 Ring Days
The Woodlands Center, Room 109, 2pm -6pm
Tuesday, September 15 - Friday, September 18, 2020
Lowman Student Center (LSC), room 144 10am -3pm (Tues.-Thurs) 10am - 2pm (Fri)
NOTE: Rings ordered after September 24 will not be included in the ceremony.
Fall 2020 Ring Ceremony
Thursday, November 12.
Our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.
In-person* attendance will be limited to only studentsreceiving their ring. A virtual component will allow parents and friends to view the event in real time. Additional details to be provided prior to the ceremony week.
*In the event that the in-person ceremony is cancelled, a virtual ceremony will be held
All participants in the ceremony will be required to wear a mask
Ordering Ceremony Photos
GradImages is the official Ring Ceremony photographer. Register in advance of the ceremony to receive a coupon code for 20% off your purchase of $50 or more. A link will be sent to you by GradImages to view your ceremony photos
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