Ring Days Offer Chance To Continue Tradition
Sept. 11, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Amanda Horn
Bearkats show their pride in Sam Houston State University in many ways, from wearing orange, to showing off bumper stickers and of course proudly displaying their hard-earned diplomas. Another source of pride and recognition started in 2004, when SHSU introduced class rings.
This week is a fundamental time where students can continue to show off their school spirit by ordering a class ring. The Balfour company will have a table at the Lowman Student Center atrium on Sept. 11-13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where students can get fitted for and order their ring.
If students miss the opportunity to order in person they can order online. The final day to order online and receive the ring this fall at the ring ceremony is Sept. 19. The University Bookstore will not be accepting paper orders after Sept. 14.
In order to be eligible for a ring, students must have completed a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours. Masters and Doctoral students may order a ring at any time during their study.
Shortly after the initiation of the rings a special tradition arose.
“Several years ago, we started a new tradition where we take the rings and house them in the Woodlands home on the museum grounds in Sam Houston’s bedroom. His spirit watches over them, as we like to say, the night before the ceremony,” Brandon Cooper, director of Student Activities said.
This tradition is now mandatory for all rings. Therefore, a student will not receive a ring unless it spends the night in Sam Houston’s home.
Students will receive their rings on Nov. 13 at the ring ceremony in Johnson Coliseum. Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity to order a ring and carry on the tradition.
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