The ring ceremony has become a cherished tradition on the Hardin-Simmons University campus. Students who will be graduating this December received the symbol of school pride and academic achievement during the November 8, 2012, ceremony held in Logsdon Chapel.
About 150 students were eligible to receive the graduation gift from Hardin-Simmons University, awarded to each student by HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall, who told recipients and their families that the official HSU ring given today was developed in 2003.
The ring is crowned with the university’s official seal. The open book represents the Bible and the pursuit of knowledge, the cross signifies Jesus Christ, and the flame represents the Holy Spirit and the quest for excellence.
Etched on the legacy side of the ring is a bucking horse and rider, representing HSU’s ranching legacy. The horse is surrounded by the words “Famous are Thy Halls,” taken from the university anthem. Six flags are engraved to represent the various flags of Texas carried by the riders of the HSU Six White Horses.
Near the top, the degree letters are engraved to celebrate the accomplishments of the wearer, and pecan leaves are reminiscent of the shade-providing trees on campus.
The heritage side of the ring is marked by Legett Memorial Bridge, symbolizing the unity experienced by students on the campus. The ring also pictures the stained glass window of Logsdon Chapel. Encircling the chapel window is the school motto, “An Education Enlightened by Faith,” which was coined in the mid-1990s, a goal held by the university since its founding in 1891.
The purple and gold freshman beanie is also etched on the ring, and cleverly tucked into the letters “HSU” is a fire hydrant, a tribute to one of the school’s most beloved icons, a white bulldog named Dam-It.Finally the class year is engraved on each ring to recognize each student’s unique HSU experience. Hall says, “The ring is a visible reminder of the relationships students build during their time on the campus