One of the greatest moments in the life of any Aggie is the day that they receive their Aggie Ring. This moment began with the Class of 1889. The original ring is very different from the ring worn today. At that time several companies made several different versions of the Aggie Ring. It wasn't until E.C. Jonas, class of 1894, designed a ring for his class that the ring we know today came into existence. It has remained exactly as Jonas designed it, with one exception; in 1964 the Legislature of the State of Texas changed the university's name from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University, and the name on the ring was changed accordingly.
The Aggie Ring is the most recognizable symbol of the Aggie Network. Each year, thousands of excited Aggies gather at The Association of Former Students to pick up their Aggie Rings. Make no mistake, this is no ordinary ring. The Aggie Ring must be earned by completing minimum requirements that were established by the Official Senior Ring Committee of 1933.
The ring worn by all Aggie graduates is the same except for the class year. This serves as a common link for former students. When an Aggie sees the ring on another Aggie's hand, a spontaneous reunion occurs.
The Association of Former Students Aggie Ring Program has the honor of protecting the integrity of the Aggie Ring. They are responsible for determining Ring eligibility for over 9,000 students each year.
The Aggie Ring is one of the most symbolic of our traditions. Everything seen on the ring represents a value that an Aggie should hold.
Traditionally, students wear their ring with the class year facing them to signify the fact that their time at A&M is not yet complete. During Senior Weekend at the annual Ring Dance, the student's ring is turned around to face the world proudly, just as the Aggie graduate will be ready to face the world.
Upcoming Galveston Ring Day Dates:
November 12, 2021, April 8, 2022
The exact times and locations for these ring days will be sent out in an email to all ring recipients a few weeks before the ceremony.
Aggie Ring History
One of the proudest moments for an Aggie is earning his/her Aggie Ring.
An Aggie Ring follows you for life and sets you apart. This one item identifies your
Aggie as a member of a special family. It has a rich history and there are incredible
stories surrounding the ring. Below is one such special story.
How do you know when your Aggie can order an Aggie Ring?
He/She can check in the Howdy Portal
90 total completed undergraduate or professional hours
45 completed institution undergraduate or professional hours
2.0 minimum cumulative GPR
must not be on academic probation, suspension, dismissal, expulsion, or on honor violation probation from the university
Ordering an Aggie Ring:
All of the information from pricing (Men’s start around $1000 and women’s are around$600 – new pricing will be available for the next ordering period) to the history of the ring, can be found on the Association of Former Students web page . You can go to the second floor and try one rings and get sized during office hours M- F 8 am – 5 pm. For all the details on everything Aggie Ring at TAMU, please go to their website.
Additionally, Texas A&M has a FAQ with answers to many of your Aggie Ring Questions here.
The Aggie Ring order must be submitted online or placed in person at the Aggie Ring Office on the 2nd floor of the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. This is the day that you can get the cute photo of your student holding the chalkboard sign saying they ordered their ring.
How Do I pay for “The Ring”?
Start saving now! There are loans, scholarships your student can apply for, or you can try to win the ring by buying tickets at the Reveille Raffle in January! See the Association Ring Day web site for more information. Not
everyone can afford a ring – buying one after graduation is okay. This is not a “have to” in life.
Pick the date!
There are usually two dates in the fall and one in the spring for presenting and celebrating the ring. This Aggie website will let you know what these dates are.
Reserve a place to stay:
a hotel, AirBnB, or HomeAway in July or August as soon as you know the date your student will be eligible if you want to stay over and make a day and night of it.
Get a Ring Ticket!
One week before ring day, your Aggie will choose a time for picking up “The Ring”. This opens at 7AM – so if you wish to plan, go to the web site and look at times.
What to expect the day of:
Ring Day has evolved into an event. The Ring Day celebration began in 2000. Here is a short video that briefly discusses the beginnings of Ring Day. https://youtu.be/NGO3zyPqXNk
Some students are busy and they go pick up their ring during scheduled office hours. Other students have their family, extended family and or friends attend the event.
Where do I park?
Check the web site for parking directions and shuttle directions. If it is not Parent’s Weekend, you can probably find parking in Cain or Koldus.
When should I arrive?
The schedule runs like clockwork. If your entry time says 9:45, you will start moving into the Clayton Williams building at 9:45. If you have elderly with you or anyone with a disability attending with you – you do not have to be in line an hour or even thirty minutes ahead of time. You can get in line 15-20 minutes before and as long as you have your ticket you are going to get in at your time.
What Do I wear?
Dress for the weather! Be prepared for heat, rain or cold. If it is hot wear something cool and comfortable and bring an umbrella for shade. A sundress, dress, skirt and top, or nice slacks are appropriate. Some people really dress for this event, but most are
What do we do once in the building?
Your students ring is at a table based on last name. Go to that table. Your student will need two forms of ID to pick up the ring. Decide if you want a family member, Aggie, teacher or some other special person to give your Aggie the ring. This is a great time for photos. The people handing out rings will be happy to assist in taking a family photo. To keep things orderly and timely, you will be asked to leave the building after you get your ring and take a few pictures.
My student has the ring-What now?
You can visit the white tent. You can get water and soft drinks. There is usually free Slovaks sausage. You can have your ring polished, purchase a Ring Day t-shirt and purchase a signed print by Benjamin Knox. They do have large fans if you need to cool off!
Take photos – but not by the large ring in front of the building. These photos are best taken the day after or later in the year. They keep the ring blocked off.
How Do I celebrate? Do I celebrate?
Some go to lunch or dinner after. Some suggestions of places to eat are: Napa Flats, Care Eccell, Christopher’s, Republic Steak House, and Veritas. This list goes on and on- the most important thing is make reservations early. If you cannot get reservations, consider take out back at your students place or a park- Aggies are all about the Tailgate! Some parents go home after and some have a party to celebrate the day.
Parents have bought ring day cookies – Sweet Station, Master Bakers, Jessica’s Bake Shop, – all in College Station. Some buy a ring cake or other cake – HEB has cakes or you can order a special cake as several bakeries – I like Cake Junkie. https://www.cakejunkie.com
Parties can be BBQs, you can serve platters from Laynes and play games. Make it easy!
Some parents believe the ring is the gift. The ring does come in a beautiful wooden box with A&M on the top in gold. Some purchase a signed Benjamin Knox print that is personalized for the day. Some make cute ring holders for the ring or a special frame for the day. There is no right or wrong way to look at this.
At graduation your Aggie will want to wear the ring. When you get your ring, the year is faced towards your Aggie to symbolize their tie is not yet finished. During commencement ceremonies, The Association of Former Students leads a
ceremony in which Aggies students turn their Rings around to face the world proudly, just as the Aggie graduate is now ready to face the world.
Notify the Association of Former Students and join the Facebook group Aggie Ring Lost & Found. You are allowed to buy one replacement ring. Remind your student to not take it off unless it is by their bed and have a safe place to keep it. So many rings are lost from taking it off in bathrooms to wash hands, forget to put it on,
remember, return and it is gone. If you ever see one at a pawn shop, report it to the Association. If you can purchase it you can return to the Association and they will try to find the owner.
All things Aggie Ring for a Galveston Parent:
Galveston Campus – you order your ring on line from College Station. https://www.aggienetwork.com/ring/
Ring ceremonies are held in Galveston at the Mary Moody Center – Flag Room or students may go to CStat and get their ring there.
There is a breakfast, Yell Leaders are there and each student goes up to get a ring Box when name is called. There are photo opportunities. Please see the Galveston site for times. The Galveston Aggie Moms are the gals in the know for cakes and cookies and parties.
Galveston Ring info.
Phone Number: (409) 740-4561
Business Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visit Belinda Webber or Shelly Fordyce at the Office of Student Activities, Suite 101, Seibel Student Services Building, Building #3030. Ring finishes also available at this campus.
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One of the greatest moments during an Aggie’s time at Texas A&M is the day he or she receives an Aggie Ring. As the most visible sign of the Aggie Network, the Aggie Ring is a unique representation of achievement, as it can only be ordered when an Aggie completes specific academic requirements.
The tradition of the Aggie Ring dates back to 1889, when the first Rings featured the letters “AMC” entwined on the crest. E.C. Jonas, Class of 1894, designed the Aggie Ring that includes many of the same symbols used in today’s design. Slight modifications would be made to the Ring through 1933 when a committee was formed to bring greater standardization and control to the manufacturing of the Ring. As a result, the Aggie Ring has remained mostly unchanged since 1933, with one exception: in 1963, the Texas legislature changed the name of Texas A&M from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University, and the name on the Ring was changed accordingly.
Traditionally, students wear the Ring with the class year facing them to signify that their time at A&M is not yet complete. During commencement ceremonies, The Association of Former Students leads a ceremony in which Aggies students turn their Rings around to face the world proudly, just as the Aggie graduate is now ready to face the world.
Every element on the Aggie Ring is symbolic. The top of the Ring features a shield that symbolizes the protection of the good reputation of the alma mater. There are 13 stripes in the shield that symbolize the 13 original states and an Aggie’s patriotism. The five stars found in the shield refer to the five phases of Aggie development: mind or intellect, body, spiritual attainment, emotional poise, and integrity of character. The eagle on the top of the Aggie Ring symbolizes agility and power and ability to reach great heights and ambitions.
One side of the Aggie Ring holds a large star, which symbolizes the seal of the State of Texas, encircled with a wreath of olive and live oak leaves joined together by a ribbon near the bottom of the Ring. The wreath of olive leaves symbolizes achievement and desire for peace, while the live oak leaves symbolize the strength to fight. The leaves are joined at the bottom by an encircling ribbon to show the necessity of joining these traits to accomplish one’s ambition to serve.
The other side of the Aggie Ring contains an ancient cannon, saber, and rifle, symbolizing that the citizens of Texas fought for their land and are determined to defend it. The saber stands for valor and confidence, while the rifle and cannon stand for a preparedness and defense. The crossed flags of the United States and Texas recognize an Aggie's dual allegiance to both the nation and state.
Aggies receive their Aggie Rings at a special celebration called Aggie Ring Day. Three times a year, thousands of Aggies, family and friends gather at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center to celebrate achieving an academic milestone by receiving their Aggie Rings. During this celebration, Aggies can enjoy various festivities on the Alumni Center grounds, including taking professional photos at different landmarks, watching student group performances, and more.
Since its creation in 1936, Ring Dance has come to be as much a part of Aggieland as the many older traditions that have existed as long as the school itself. This dance, held in honor of the senior class, will be for many the last social function of a student’s time in Aggieland.
Ring Dance features giant replicas of the Aggie Ring, where seniors can take photos and turn their Aggie Rings so that the class year no longer faces them.
Ring Dance began with one room of entertainment — an orchestra — until 1978. At that time, another entertainment option was made available: a rock band. Over the years, the variety of entertainment has expanded and ranged from Tejano to big band to piano bar to country western.
Texas A&M ring
The Texas A&M Aggie ring is one of the various well-known symbols of Texas A&M University and a visible way to distinguish Aggies all over the world. The Texas A&M ring was formally adopted in 1889, and its design has remained relatively unchanged since then. The only major change that has been done on the original design was a result of the renaming of the university from “Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas” to “Texas A&M University” in 1963. The current Aggie Ring was designed by E. C. Jonas in 1894. The Aggie ring has distinct physical features, is surrounded by various unique traditions, and has very specific requirements for eligibility.
The top of the ring depicts an eagle and a shield with five stars and thirteen stripes. The eagle denotes agility, power, and ability to reach great heights. The shield symbolizes the duty to protect the reputation of the alma mater; the five stars within the shield refer to the facets of student development: mind, body, spiritual attainment, emotional poise, and integrity of character while the thirteen stripes represent the thirteen original colonies and symbolize patriotism. On one side of the ring, there is a five-point star borrowed from the seal of the state of Texas while the surrounding oak leaves symbolize strength. On the other side of the ring are a cannon, a saber, and a rifle, which symbolize Aggies' preparedness and valor in defending their land. The crossed flags of the United States and Texas symbolize allegiance to both nation and state.
There are several traditions centered around the Aggie ring. One main tradition refers to the way students wear their rings at different points in their lives. Current students who have not yet graduated wear their Aggie ring with the class year facing them to signify that their time at Texas A&M University has not yet concluded. Then, at the annual Ring Dance or at the graduation ceremony, students turn their rings around in such a way that the class year faces away symbolizing readiness to “face the world”. Another unofficial tradition, though unsanctioned and discouraged by the university, is referred to as the Aggie ring dunk. It consists of students dropping their newly acquired Aggie rings in a pitcher of beer followed by drinking the beer to its entirety as fast as possible in a single action and catching the Aggie ring between their teeth. It is commonly done as a race or game among friends and peers who receive their Aggie rings around the same time. Students receive their rings on what is known as Aggie Ring Day, a special time for Aggies, their families, and their friends to celebrate being a part of the Aggie Network. This celebration is held at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center three times a year.
Requirements and Eligibility
For students to receive their Aggie rings during their time at Texas A&M University, students are required to meet specific qualifications. Current undergraduate students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; students must also complete 90 credit hours of course work with a minimum of 45 credit hours earned at Texas A&M University. Graduate students are eligible to receive their Aggie rings once 75% of their graduate course work is completed. If a student’s graduate degree requires a thesis, his or her Aggie ring will be delivered once the thesis has been defended by the specified university deadline. If the thesis has not been defended by this deadline, the student’s Aggie ring will be held until this qualification is met. Post-doctorate students are eligible to receive their Aggie rings once all formal course work has been completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA; students must also complete their residency requirement, pass their preliminary exam, and have an approved research proposal on file. Finally, if students are unable to meet these requirements throughout their time at Texas A&M University, an Aggie ring can be purchased upon graduation.
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- ^ ab"The Aggie Ring: It first appeared in 1889 and became a rite of passage for Texas A&M students". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
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