As with any other world class University, the Texas A&M has its own unique traditions and some of which happen to be associated with their class ring. The Aggie class ring, as it is more commonly known with the university campus, being termed as Aggie land, comes with its own brand of quixotic traditions and one which every qualified student participates in. Unlike other institutions of higher learning, students are required to qualify for the class ring and are required to complete their course work with specified GPA requirements.
Basic qualifications for Aggie ring:
If you happen to be an undergraduate, then you would be required to complete at least 90 total completed undergraduate hours with good GPA standing of2.0 or more, with the university. And if you are a graduate student, you must not be on any academic probation, have submitted your thesis and defended the same successfully. And if your coursework does not require a thesis submission, then you are required to have completed nearly 75% of the same before Aggie ring day, when those students who meet these qualifications are awarded their Aggie class ring. It must indeed be a proud moment for every student who had qualified to be awarded their own class ring, one that can help them form new connections, new relationships and even help endear them further with the University.
The ring and symbolism:
When it comes to Aggie class rings, it should be pointed out that the overall design had undergone several changes since its inception in 1886. Today, the ring comes with a classic design with a shield featured prominently on the top. It happens to be heavy on symbolism with the shield signifying protection of the good reputation of the University and its alma mater. More than that, the five stars on the shield refers to the different states of the student and the seal on the side, happens to be the seal of the state of Texas as it was developed in 1845.