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The morning of Nov. 18, 1999, Jason Hannam arrived at a quiet and solemn campus. Hannam, Class of 2001, soon heard rumors about the collapse of Bonfire, an incident that would ensure the day lived on in the consciousness of Aggies.

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Just south of Texas A&M’s campus stands a different memorial dedicated to the 12 Aggies killed in the Bonfire collapse of 1999, created by the City of College Station in their honor.

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Texas A&M changed forever on Nov. 18, 1999, at 2:42 a.m., when the 59-foot-tall Bonfire Stack collapsed. Twelve Aggies died and 27 were injured. Today, on that same ground, there stands a memorial honoring those who lost their lives upholding a storied A&M tradition.

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While the Texas A&M community gathers to celebrate Aggie Ring Day, local bakeries are setting their cake mixers on high for this Friday’s workload.

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How can I convince you I earned this? How can I let you know this ring means more to me than 90 hours of completed coursework?

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Nearly every college student can relate to the experience of moving away from home at a ripe young age and into a tiny dorm where you share a bathroom with people you don’t know. I did all this my freshman year, but apparently it wasn’t enough for me because I also decided to move halfway ac…

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About 3,100 students will receive their Aggie Rings on Friday, with distribution starting at 11 a.m. at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.

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Remembered for her dedication to friends and family, her love for animals and her ability to connect with anyone, Carlynn Nicole Beatty was a beacon of light to those in her life.

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Driven, likeable, and intellectually curious, Jon Perrott made lasting memories with his wife and children while pursuing his education.

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Remembered for his infectious spirit, academic persistence and passion for Texas A&M traditions, William Zachary Elder embodied Aggie core values and encouraged others to become the best versions of themselves.

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After a young Aggie was taken by a tragedy before he was set to receive his ring, Texas A&M found a way to honor him for generations to come.

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Around 4,300 Aggies will be receiving their rings on Friday, with distribution starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.

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Remembered for her creative soul, steadfast leadership and devotion to her family and faith, Jedidiah Tuedjo Talom will live on in the hearts of Aggies everywhere.

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The day that all Aggies wait for is finally here. It is the day you get to put that ring of gold on your finger, the day to celebrate an ambitious accomplishment, and for many, it is the day that represents the final milestone before graduation.

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As with all things in life, the best things don’t come easy. Receiving my Aggie Ring has been a slow process, but the experience has shaped me into who I am.

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When thousands of visitors make their way to the Bryan-College Station area on Friday to see students receive their Aggie Rings, they will also be searching for fun activities in town after standing in line at the alumni center.

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For many families coming to Aggieland for this Friday’s Ring Day, it will mean watching their students receive a ring. This ring symbolizes the blood, sweat and tears shed to reach the milestone of 90 hours at Texas A&M. But for others, Ring Day also means a legacy passed from generation…

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Rattling bottle caps can be heard across campus in the week leading up to Texas A&M's football game against Arkansas.  Back in Ol’ Army, when Southern Methodist University was a regular Aggie rival, fish spurs were worn to symboize that the 12th Man was ready to “Spur the Ponies.” With t…

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Remembered for his love of nature’s beauty and deeply thoughtful conversations, Vladimir Yelkhimov will live on in the hearts of family, friends and Aggies, forever and always.

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Alisa Ross constantly pushed herself to know more. An extremely driven individual, Ross was dedicated to helping her country and those in need.

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Every April, current and former Texas A&M students gather to honor fellow Aggies who have died during the year. Muster is one of A&M’s most recognizable traditions, but what many people don’t know is that Campus Muster is the work of just 30 students.

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Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush will be on the roll call for this year’s Campus Muster Ceremony.

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Four days before delivering his Campus Muster speech to thousands of community members, Dwight Roblyer, Class of 1984, stands before a clutter of loose-leaf papers occupying what was once his desk, and he is at peace.

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A clarinet, a collection of treasured video games and a 1953 football game program are a few of the personal belongings featured in this year’s Muster Reflections Display.

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While crowds of eager students gather outside the Alumni Center, several military Aggies will join scholarship donors in a quiet conference room to receive their long-awaited rings.

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On Ring Day, thousands of students will receive their piece of “Aggie gold.” But each year, there are some who opt for a ring of a different color.

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The culmination of every Aggie education is met with the opportunity to finally don a gold-cast Aggie ring. After completing 90 hours as an undergraduate last April, Ashley Ralph earned not one ring, but two.

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Growing up there was always one thing I knew — I was an Aggie.

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For as long as I can remember, “we have it so good” has been one of my dad’s personal catchphrases.

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Leaving home and coming to College Station was a big step, not only me, but for my entire family.

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I have been an Aggie since birth thanks to my dad who is class of 86.

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Van Le’s witty sense of humor and overwhelming positivity could put a smile on anyone’s face, while his unwavering commitment to his career goals inspired those around him.

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Kristen Moss’s family and friends all agree that she was the life of the party. Her funny one-liners, incredible style and positivity will never be forgotten.

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Known for her compassionate, gentle, animal-loving nature, Hannah Michalski found happiness in serving others — especially her four-legged friends.

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Aggies gathered together for the 19th Bonfire Remembrance in the early hours of November 18. Bonfire Remembrance is held to honor the 12 students who lost their lives when the bonfire stack collapsed on November 18, 1999 at 2:42 a.m. 

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In the cold early morning hours of Sunday when campus is usually deserted, hundreds of Aggies will make their way to the Bonfire Memorial to remember the 12 Aggies who died after the stack collapsed at 2:42 a.m. on Nov. 18, 1999.

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A tree is growing for each Aggie lost during the Bonfire collapse.

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The Bonfire Memorial stands as a monument to the 12 who died during the Bonfire collapse in the early hours of Nov. 18, 1999. Nineteen years after the collapse, the memory of this event is still preserved by the Aggie community.