Recently I was at a meeting and was asked, “What was your most memorable time at A&M as a student”? I immediately started thinking about all of the fun I had in college and the events. But, I decided to tell my Aggie ring story because to me, the Aggie Ring is the one of the most visible symbols of the Aggie Spirit. The Aggie Ring has so many meanings to me and my family. I come from four generations of Aggies and have bled maroon since the day I was born.
The day I received my Aggie Ring (Aprl1 16, 1998), my then-boyfriend (now husband) proposed to me. TWO RINGS in one day! I was so overwhelmed. So, the phone calls all happened again to tell everyone the exciting news. My sister and brother-in-law made my ring even more special to me because they purchased the diamond in my ring in honor of my graduation.
Now at that time in 1998 in my family, my dad, my sister and my brother-in-law all had Aggie rings. My husband did not have his Aggie ring when he crossed the stage at graduation from A&M because he didn’t have enough hours due to transferring from another school. He wore my dad’s ring. What makes that special is my dad’s ring never crossed the stage at A&M because he was already on his way to OCS for Vietnam when his ceremony occurred. So, a very special day for my dad and my husband.
Side note regarding my father’s ring. He was in the class that voted to admit women into A&M (thank God he was progressive!). So, when the time came to purchase his ring, he had the choice of it saying Texas A&M University or Texas A&M College. Because university was new, he chose that. Years later, he lost the ring when he went fishing. So, one Father’s Day, my family gave him his “new” Aggie ring. But, this time, we changed it to college!
Fast forward a few years. We found out my mom, who is just about the most avid non-Aggie-graduate fan there is, could have a Sweetheart Ring. Since my mom could not attend A&M due to the no women rule, she graduated from TWU instead (her family is my first and second generations in my line of fourth generation Aggies). So, without her knowing, we ordered her an Aggie Sweetheart Ring.
Unbeknownst to my mom, we all had gathered at the infamous Sully statue on campus after a football game. Prior to her getting there, a Corps outfit was meeting to do a saber arch under the Century Tree for a buddy who was proposing at that time. We asked them if they wouldn’t mind sticking around after the proposal and doing the arch for my mom. They thought it was such a cool deal that the guy proposing actually put his proposal on HOLD until after my mom got her ring.
So, my mom walks up and sees us all there and sees the saber arch. Because this happened so quickly, she didn’t have time to comprehend what was occurring! She had no idea why she was walking under a saber arch with my dad waiting on the other side, but she went anyway and was even m ore surprised when my dad gave her the ring.
So, now my family has 6 Aggie rings plus a Tarleton University ring (which in our opinion is just as good as an Aggie ring). We all wear our rings with pride. My ring travels the world with me and yes, I’ve met Aggies in the most unusual places because of it.
For Father’s Day this year, my husband recreated a photo he saw on in the Texas Aggie. The photo is included with the story. It is my father’s hands with all of the Aggie rings in my family, plus my brother’s Tarleton ring.
As the famous saying in Aggieland goes, “From the outside looking in, you don’t understand it, and from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it, it is the Aggie Spirit.” Gig ’em!