A class ring (also known as a graduation, graduate, senior, or grad ring) is a ring worn by students and alumni to commemorate their graduation, generally for a high school, college, or university. A class ring is tradition and it is the cherished memory of alma mater for the student and his or her association with the alumni. Wearing of class ring is a popular tradition in many old American Universities that follow tradition set in the past.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is one of the oldest universities in the Texas state of North America which was founded in the year 1876. The admission was then restricted to white males only who were compulsorily required to attend military training, but this has become the thing of the past. Now, this University is open for the diversity of class, creed and religion. Today, Texas A&M is ranked 4th among national public universities in “Best Value Schools” category. Texas A&M is ranked among the leading universities in the United States research, service, social mobility, and contributions to society.
Texas A&M University class ring tradition
Like few other old American universities, Texas A&M University has a tradition of Aggie class ring that dates back to 1889 when the first Rings featured the letters “AMC” intertwined on the crest. E.C. Jonas, Class of 1894, designed the Aggie Ring. The Ring remained usually unchanged except slight modification effected through 1933. However, the name on the Ring was changed in the year 1963 due to change of Texas A&M from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University.
Wearing class ring by the student
Wearing Aggie class ring at the specially organized ceremony is a great honor for the student. The Association of Former Students (alumni) leads a ceremony in which Aggies students turn their Rings around to face the world proudly, just as the Aggie graduate is now ready to face the world. The ceremonial tradition is same as it was commenced in the past.