[ Ordering Your Ring ]
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 1963 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 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 Aggie Ring is one of the most symbolic of our traditions. Everything seen on the ring
represents a value that an Aggie should hold. On the top is a large shield, which
symbolizes the desire to protect the reputation of the university. The 13 stripes on the
shield represent the 13 original states of America. The five stars on the shield refer to
the phases of development of any Aggie: mind or intellect; body; spiritual attainment;
emotional poise; and integrity of character. The eagle symbolizes agility and power, and
the ability to reach great heights.
The large star on the side of the ring symbolizes the Seal of Texas. The five-pointed star
is encircled with a wreath of olive and laurel leaves symbolizing achievement and a desire
for peace. The live oak leaves symbolize the strength to fight for our country and our
state. The leaves are joined at the bottom by an encircling ribbon to show the necessity
of joining these two traits to accomplish one's ambition to serve.
An ancient cannon, a saber, and a rifle are on the other side of the ring and symbolize
how 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 nation and state.
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.
Fun Fact: How many stars are there on the Aggie Ring?
Answer: 31, if you count the person wearing it.