Sam Houston university was founded in the year 1879 by the Mascot named Sammy Bearkat. This university is not only the oldest institution for education among the state of Texas but it is also the home to the Austin College. This university is very popular for the program of criminal justice and its ranks 5th. It is also having a good name among the other universities in terms of dance and theatre programs and is ranked 25th. All the students are alsohonored with the Sam Houston state university ring.
Traditions celebrated here
- Birth of Mascot: The team of this university was known as The Normals and in the year 1923 they were renamed as Bearkats. This has now become the icon of all the sporting events which are held in different Sam Houston State universities.
- Bearkat camp: For all the incoming freshman this university organizes the orientation day which continues for 4 days. During this time, the students can learn about the traditions of this university and can be proud of themselves for being a part of this intricate culture. All the freshman can engage themselves in several student’s activities and learn about the team building and be friends with their fellow freshman’s. They will also receive SHSU class ring during the fall semester.
- Tree of light: Tree of light is also a very auspicious and cherishable tradition of this university. The president of the university will put the light on the trees every year. All the canned food will be collected for the donation purpose. They will have to leave a penny near the statue of the Mr. Lawrence Sullivan Ross. It is said that Mr. Rose will take care and look after the academics of the student and as goodwill, they will have to put a penny near the statue before they take an exam.
The University is rich in its education, customs,and traditions. Being a part of it is itself a proud moment for the student and they will also receive the Sam Houston state class ring.