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The Hardin-Simmons Alumni Association is composed of all former HSU students. The Alumni Association is led by an Executive Board comprised of graduates representing a wide variety of demographics.

The Office of Alumni Relations administers alumni business and projects, works to keep HSU Alumni connected to one another as well as the University, and, along with Institutional Advancement, maintains records and communications with alumni.

The Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations work closely with the offices of Development, University Marketing, Enrollment Service, Student Life, Career Services, and Athletics as well as the various colleges and schools within the University.

For graduates and former students, the Alumni Office is the go-to location for information.

Range Rider is the official publication of the HSU Alumni Association and is published through the Office of University Marketing in cooperation with the Office of Alumni Relations. It is typically mailed twice yearly to parents of current students, alumni, and other friends of the university.


The Kids Club is a pre-recruiting project which targets children up to age 14 with year-round outreach. It’s open to children and grandchildren of HSU family and friends.

Recruiting & Retention: Alumni throughout Texas and beyond assist with high school programs and recruit prospective students independently. They also encourage and otherwise interact with current students to aid retention.

STUMNI (Student/Alumni)

Student Alumni Leadership: The Alumni Association has two permanent positions on the Board of Directors for current student leaders. The positions are filled, at present, in consultation with the Leadership Minor program director and through an interview process. Student Government and other student groups continue to partner towards furthering student-alumni programming.

Senior & Graduate Student Outreach: In an effort to continue affinity and loyalty, encourage retention, and expand the marketing reach of HSU, the University continues to provide each graduate with an Official HSU Ring. The Alumni Association hosts a Ring Presentation Ceremony each semester in partnership with Jostens, Inc. (See separate section for more details about the Official HSU Ring.)

The HSU Alumni Association partners with Student Success and the Registrar’s Office to host Graduation Celebration the day before graduation. Held in and around the Alumni Wall, the Celebration welcomes HSU’s newest Alumni while providing time for the graduates to connect with their peers, take photos, receive their first FREE alumni t-shirt, and find names on the Wall.

Freshman Welcome: Annually, the Abilene Area Alumni Chapter hosts a Homemade Ice Cream Social for New Students during Stampede.

School Spirit & Traditions

Homecoming: The Alumni Association hosts Homecoming weekend in the fall of each year. Activities are designed to attract a diverse segment of the Hsu Family – specifically Alumni and Student populations. Recent years have seen attendance of around 1000 attending one or more of the 70 (or so) offered events. The student-directed All-School SING is a highlight during Homecoming, as is a football game, Alumni Awards Banquet, University King & Queen Coronation, and the Alumni-Led Worship Service on Sunday

Alumni Awards: Each year, Hardin-Simmons University honors former students with the John J. Keeter Jr. Alumni Service Award, Distinguished Alumni Awards, Outstanding Young Alumni Awards, and Logsdon Distinguished Alumni Award, inducts former students into the Athletics Hall of Fame and Hall of Leaders.

Regional and Affinity Gatherings

Throughout the year, the Alumni Association hosts gatherings in various locations around the country where members of the HSU family can network, visit, and catch up on HSU news. Alumni, students, parents, and friends are welcome to attend. Information will be provided via a mix of mail, e-mail, and website announcements using the information contained in the HSU alumni & friends database.

Board of Young Associates

This is a select group of Hardin-Simmons University alumni under the age of 40, who aspire voluntarily to assist Hardin-Simmons University in the areas of Public Relations, Leadership, Financial Development, Student Affairs, and Student Recruitment. Membership on the Board is granted by invitation through the Young Associates Membership Committee with the approval of the general Board and the University President. The Board sponsors the HSU Kids Club, hosts the annual Outstanding Young Alumni Awards ceremony, and awards the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today scholarship. Those interested in membership simply need to so advise the Office of Alumni Relations.


The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is given specifically to children and grandchildren of alumni. Typically, three such scholarships are awarded annually. To help tomorrow’s students have the HSU experience, donations may be made to the fund in honor or memory of loved ones, faculty, staff, and friends.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Scholarship is awarded by HSU’s Board of Young Associates in the spring to one or more students who will be enrolled as a junior or senior in the subsequent fall semester. Nominees are solicited from HSU faculty and staff, although a student may request to apply. The award is decided through an application and interview process.

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The Official Hardin-Simmons University Ring

Brought to you by the University, the Alumni Association, and Jostens, Inc.

Recognizing the high costs involved in earning An Education Enlightened by Faith, HSU wants to acknowledge your success by offering you an Official HSU Ring to wear during your final semester and thereafter as a symbol of your dedication in achieving this great life milestone.

Qualified graduating students have the opportunity to receive, at no additional cost, the Official Hardin-Simmons University Ring. This Ring becomes available during the semester of a student’s scheduled graduation. August graduates are included in the Spring ordering process and Presentation Ceremony.

To receive your Official HSU Ring, students must first be sized early in the appropriate semester (several days and times will be made available).

To place an order, students must have their completed diploma card on file with the Registrar’s Office.

NOTE: Relevant information will be sent to the student’s official HSU email address. If an alternate email address is on file with the Office of the Registrar, that address may also be used.

Information may also be distributed via Facebook, as well, to students who have “liked” the HSU Alumni page.

On the Alumni Assn. website, students may preview choices such as karat weight, stone options, and style. HSU is offering a ring (large, regular, small or dainty) with amethysts, cubic zirconia, or plain stars. Students can select up to 18 letters to be engraved inside the ring. Upgrades, including diamonds and additional karat weight, may be purchased at the student’s expense.

Students who are not sized during the times/days provided may be sized in the Office of Alumni Relations (Compere Hall), as early in the semester as possible. The last day to place an order is the day prior to the student’s commencement ceremony.

About six weeks prior to the May and December commencement ceremonies, the Alumni Association will host HSU’s Ring Celebration and Presentation Ceremony.

During sizing, students will be advised of the Ring Ceremony dates. These will also be available on the University’s calendar.

During the Ring Celebration and Presentation Ceremony, the University President or his representative will personally hand, to each student present, their Official Ring. Because of space restrictions, a limited number of tickets are available on a first-come reservation basis for families and friends who would like to witness this memorable occasion.