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.

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 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, in the Campus Bookstore, or during Ring Days on campus. 

NOTE:  Rings ordered after September 24 will not be included in the ceremony.

Fall 2020 Ring Ceremony

November 12, 2020 6:30 p.m.

Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
Business Attire

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

Reservations must be received by Monday, November 2, 2020 to ensure listing in event program. Final registration deadline is November 10.

In-person attendance will be limited to only students receiving their ring. A virtual component will allow parents and friends to view the event in real time. YouTube link for ceremony

*For the safety of our entire university community, you will be required to wear a 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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