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 now ready to face the world.
Ordering Rings and the Ring Ceremony
Rings can be ordered online, at the Campus Bookstore, or at Ring Day. Spring 2020 Ring Days will be held on campus Feb 4-7 in on the second floor of the LSC Expansion or on Feb. 10 at the main lobby of The Woodlands Center.
Students typically receive their ring at the SHSU Ring Ceremony. The Spring 2020 Ring Ceremony will be held on April 7.
NOTE: Rings ordered after February 14, 2020 will not be included in the Spring 2020 Ceremony.
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