Sam Houston State University Ring Tradition

Sam Houston State University Ring Tradition

Fall Ring Ceremony

 Ceremony Photos - GradImages

Spring Ring Ceremony

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Ordering Your Ring 

You may order your ring after you have accumulated 75 undergraduate Credit Hours:

(Master's and Doctoral students may order at anytime)


Spring 2020 Ring Days will be held on campus February 4-7 in the LSC Expansion - 2nd Fl.

and February 10, 2020 at The Woodlands Center, main lobby.

Rings may be ordered anytime at the University Bookstore or online

NOTE: Rings ordered after February 14, 2020 will not be included in the Spring 2020 Ceremony.

 Order online

By Phone: 1-866-BALFOUR  (1-866-225-3687)

In person: University Bookstore in the Lowman Student Center (LSC)

Frequently Asked Questions

Sam Houston State University Ring Traditions

         Each SHSU class ring spends the night at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Sam Houston's historic home on the eve of        the  ceremony.   If a student is not able to participate in the ceremony, their ring may be picked up at the Office of Alumni Relations located in the John R. Ragsdale Visitor & Alumni Center on the day following the ceremony or the ring may be direct shipped to the student after the ceremony.

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." Students may select diamonds to highlight the top of the ring. 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. Only class years 2003 and forward will be displayed.Cast into the inside of the ring is the word "Honor." When Sam Houston joined the U.S. Army in 1813, Elizabeth Houston (Sam's mother) 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.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 now ready to face the world.The inside of the ring may be personalized by engraving name, initials, or graduation year, up to 18 characters.Balfour, the ring supplier, offers several choices of gold and non-precious metals. Please contact Balfour for availability of metals not listed in this brochure. Balfour provides an interest-free monthly installment plan and guarantees your satisfaction. You purchase is protected by a limited lifetime warranty that also includes free resizing, cleaning, and polishing.