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 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
On-campus Ring Days will be held on September 13-17, 2021
September 13 The Woodlands Center, 2 PM - 6 PM, room 109
September 14-16 Main Campus, LSC, 10 AM - 3 PM, room 144
September 17 Main Campus, LSC, 10 AM - 2 PM, room 144
Rings may be ordered online, please NOTE that online orders placed between March 1 and August 1, 2021 will not be held for the Fall ceremony.
NOTE: Rings ordered after September 23, 2021, will not be included in the Fall ceremony
Ring Ceremony - Fall '21
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
*Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. Ceremony 6:30 p.m.
TENTATIVE: In-person attendance will be limited to only students receiving their rings. A virtual component will allow parents and friends to view the event in real-time. YouTube link for the ceremony (inactive until the day of)
*For the safety of our entire university community, you will be required to wear face-covering and practice social distancing at all on-campus events.
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 $50 or more purchase. A link will be sent to you by GradImages to view your ceremony photos
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