One of the biggest traditions here at Texas A&M University is earning your Aggie Ring and participating in RING DAY! The Aggie Ring is not just any ring, "The Aggie Ring unites generations of the A&M family by connecting former students to each other and their alma mater. It stands as a milestone in every student's undergraduate career. The first Aggie Ring was cast in 1889. It was solid gold with the letters "AMC" intertwined, for Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, along with four diamonds, according to Texas A&M: The First 25 Years by Lyman Hardeman. One side of the ring symbolizes the seal of the State of Texas authorized by the constitution of 1845. The five-pointed star is encircled with a wreath of olive or laurel leaves symbolizing achievement and a desire for peace and Live oak leaves symbolizing the strength to fight. They are joined at the bottom by a circled ribbon to show the necessity of joining these two traits to accomplish one’s ambition to serve. The other side with its ancient cannon, saber, and rifle symbolizes that Texans fought for their land and are determined to defend their homeland. The saber stands for valor and confidence. The rifle and cannon are symbols of preparedness and defense. The crossed flags of the United States and Texas recognize the dual allegiance to nation and state."
Here at Texas A&;M we strongly believe that Aggies lookout for other Aggies, and it is said that when you step into the "real world" with your Aggie Ring on your finger, you're bound to come across many other former students who share similar experiences with you. The world will suddenly become a lot smaller when you've got your Aggie Ring on! "From the outside looking in, you can't understand it. And from the inside looking out, you can't explain it." Congratulations to my roommate, Elizabeth! Getting your Aggie Ring is a huge deal, and she definitely worked hard for this day!