A normal girl always dreams of getting a diamond ring fit for a princess, but an Aggie girl dreams of getting that little piece of gold that goes on the other hand.
The Aggie ring is one of the most prestigious things that comes with being a student at Texas A&M. People claim that receiving your ring is one of the three best days of your life. The other two are your wedding day and having your first child. So it can be said that students anticipate this moment and will cherish it forever.
The Aggie ring dates all the way back to 1889, 13 years after the college was opened. It’s one representation that embodies A&M’s long time and unique traditions. A student receives their ring after completing 90 hours, 45 being from A&M. This little ring symbolizes your hard work and dedication to TAMU. On ring day, a man that graduated from TCU that was experiencing ring day for the first time said to me, “you would not see this anywhere else”. It’s a moment that marks your commitment to your alma mater and A&M honors that.
Aggies all over the world can be spotted with their ring. Some students who studied abroad last summer in Europe spotted some others with their rings on and started up a conversation with them. In a place so far from Aggieland, they could all sit around and embrace their passion for A&M.
There are numerous stories to go along with the Aggie ring, but I have to say the most heartfelt Aggie ring story happened at the most recent ring day. An A&M student who had completed all his hours and requirements for his ring couldn’t afford to purchase his. Once his friends caught wind of his situation, they all pitched in to get him a ring. He went along to his friends’ ring day not knowing that it was gong to be his ring day as well. He was completely shocked when someone turned around with a ring box with his name on it. You can find the entire story with video and pictures at here.
The moment I read this story, I got goose bumps and could feel the warm Aggie spirit around me. This not only shows the importance of our Aggie family, but the importance of our little ring of gold.