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Throwback Thursday: HSU Traditions Will Always be Found By: Emily Williamson

As another semester comes to a close, many graduates prepare to move into a new chapter of life apart from Hardin-Simmons University. A student’s time at HSU will always be treasured by the student and by the classmates, faculty and staff who make such an incredible educational opportunity possible.

Just a few short weeks from now, seniors will walk the stage at Shelton Stadium, receive their diplomas, move their tassels to the left and turn around their class rings to signify an achievement completed. April 8, 2022, was the Ring Ceremony for the upcoming graduates.

Back in 1948, HSU alum Mrs. Glenn Meeks received her class ring. About a year after her graduation, on June 15, 1949, Mrs. Meeks lost her class ring in a snowbank while visiting

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon..

Against all odds, Mrs. Meeks did locate her missing class ring – 14 years after it went missing in the summer of 1949. The return of this special item was significant because Mrs. Meeks’s time at HSU was so significant.

For the soon-to-graduate seniors, never forget all of the memories and lessons learned during your time at Hardin-Simmons. And, as Mrs. Meeks would likely suggest, make sure that you wear gloves any time you go out in the snow with your HSU class ring on. Otherwise, it might take 14 years or longer for you to get it back.


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