TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - It's a day thousands of A&M students have waited for, putting their Fightin' Texas Aggie Rings on for the first time.
Some even shed some tears. To these Aggies, it's more than just a tradition, it's a right of passage.
"I am so excited," said Victoria Carter, who was one of the first students Friday to receive that shiny piece of gold. "I have been working for this forever it feels like, so for just to have it is amazing. I am very proud."
She grew up in College Station and said she has been waiting for this day for 24 years.
"The pride and tradition we have here is just super important and to be apart of that is very special," Carter said.
More than 4,300 students received their Aggie Ring on Friday making it the largest Ring Day ever, but what makes this day even more special is it's the 125th anniversary of the Aggie Ring.
"It makes this day even more of a big deal to me," said Zachary Palisch, who also received his ring. He said he feels honored to continue the time old tradition and hopes to share the spirit of the 12th Man in the years to come.
"I would like to start a legacy in my family and hopefully my kids and grandkids will all come through A&M and get the same ring as me," Palisch said.
Which is a tradition Bethany Nolan is following. She said for years she's been waiting to wear her ring to match her big sister.
"It's just really huge to have that gold ring on your finger," Nolan said. "From the outside looking in, you can't understand it, but from the inside looking out, you can't explain it, that ties into the Aggie Ring as well. To be an Aggie, you have to understand that."
Even though she said the spirit can ne'er be told, it's one she and thousands of other students feel blessed to be apart of.
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