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, or during Ring Days on campus.
NOTE: Rings ordered after February 12, 2021, will not be included in the ceremony.
Spring 2021 Ring Ceremony
Registration opens on February 24, 2021
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
*Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. Ceremony 6:30 p.m.
Reservations must be received by Monday, March 29, 2021, to ensure listing in the event program. The registration deadline is April 5, 2021. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations if you miss the deadline at 936.294.1841
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 purchase of $50 or more. A link will be sent to you by GradImages to view your ceremony photos
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