It's an Honor.

Current or past SHSU students, who have completed 75 credits, are eligible to order the official SHSU Ring. Graduate students are eligible at any time.

Each gold ring symbolically captures the uniqueness of SHSU. The top of the ring features "SH" above a star and is 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.

The Tradition.

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 rings 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

Ring Days

The next On-campus Ring Days will be held from January 30 -February 3, 2023

January 30 

The Woodlands Center, Room 111

February 1 - 3

The Lowman Student Center (LSC)

Rings may be ordered online

NOTE:  Rings that were ordered after September 22, 2022, will not be included in the Fall ceremony

Ring Ceremony - Fall '22

Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum

Business Attire

*Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m.        Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Ring Ceremony Livestream

Ordering Ceremony Photos

GradImages is the official Ring Ceremony photographer.  Register before 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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