Official Class Ring
Our university leaves a lasting impression on the lives of those who choose to learn, live and grow here. At the core of Texas State’s traditions and values lies an intangible link between past, present and future. These shared values, traditions and unique characteristics of Texas State are passed on with each graduating class. The Official Ring is a symbol of our connection to fellow classmates and captures both our memories and academic achievements. Texas State students display their Official Rings to proclaim their Bobcat spirit and to connect forever with other Texas State Alumni. Join us in this Texas State tradition.
The Official Class Ring is reserved exclusively for graduates and students who have completed 75 cumulative credit hours. Eligibility is determined at the beginning of each long semester. When a student completes 75 hours in the Fall semester, they will be invited to purchase a ring the beginning of the next Spring semester. When a student completes 75 hours in the spring or summer, they will be invited to purchase a ring the beginning of the next fall semester.
Ordering Your Ring
The University Bookstore, located in the LBJ Student Center, hosts "Ring Days" each long semester. View rings and purchase options on the Balfour website.
Receiving Your Ring
Ring orders placed during official Ring Promotion Week:
Students who purchase their ring during the official fall or spring Ring Days at the University Bookstore will receive an invitation to the Ring Ceremonies held at the end of each long semester. Students only will receive an invitation to their class ring ceremony in the mail.
Recipients who do not attend a ring ceremony can pick up their ring at the Texas State Alumni Association offices in J.C. Kellam Suite 380 the next business day AFTER the ceremony. Any rings not picked up will be transferred back to Balfour to be shipped to the recipient.
Ring orders placed at all other times:
In accordance with the tradition set forth by the students and faculty of Texas State University, all rings ordered will be held until the subsequent Ring Ceremony. Students who do not wish to participate in the ceremony may pick up their ring at the Texas State Alumni Association offices in J.C. Kellam Suite 380 the next business day AFTER the ceremony.
The Texas State Alumni Association hosts an Official Class Ring Ceremony each Fall and Spring semester. Ceremonies typically occur in the evening during the last week of classes or on a "reading day". All students that purchase a ring during "Ring Days" at the University Bookstore will receive an invitation to participate in Ring Ceremony. During the ceremony in Strahan Coliseum, family and friends watch as students are given their official Texas State rings. Students follow the tradition of dipping their rings in the waters of the San Marcos River, which flow in a fountain at the ceremony.
Alumni who order an official class ring and wish to participate in a class ring ceremony should contact the Alumni Association via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Ring Significance
Custom crafted for Texas State, the design of the Official Ring is based upon our revered heritage and culture. Centered on the top of the Official Ring is a Texas “lone-star” set upon an oak and laurel leaf wreath. As an option, the star can be highlighted with a cubic zirconia or diamond. Around the crown of the ring, the Texas State University name and 1899 founding date are spelled out.
The left side of the ring features Texas State’s original campus building, the red-gable roofed Old Main, with “tubers” floating by on the steady flow of the San Marcos River. San Marcos gave birth to the university by giving it Chautauqua Hill-the hill where Old Main opened its doors in 1903. Since the late 1800s, people traveled from miles around to Chautauqua Hill to meet. Today, Old Main is the focal point of campus, perched above the “Quad” which is still the central gathering place for students.