COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- More than 40,000 people packed the Texas A&M campus Friday to celebrate Aggie Ring Day.
Hands were shaking, tears were flowing, and shouts of excitement rang throughout the building as students picked up their rings.
Luke Janicek, a junior at Texas A&M, was joined by his loved ones. He says more than 17 family members have Aggie rings.
“It's been since I was born that I have been waiting to get my ring. It means a lot,” said Janicek.
Tucker Sutherland, Luke's grandfather and A&M class of 1960, says the long-standing tradition of being an Aggie in his family is something he is very proud of.
"It really ties the family together as you could imagine. It's just a family thing that's been going on for a long, long time,” said Sutherland.
As their family grows, so do their hopes for carrying on this tradition for generations to come.
"My cousin just had a kid and the first thing my grandfather did was buy a football and write Class of 2042," said Janicek.