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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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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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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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The Aggie Ring is more than just a piece of metal; it plays a unique role in networking and job hunting.

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If you’re a student or recent graduate with an Aggie Ring on your finger, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the voice of Scot Walker, Class of 1990.

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As the oldest child, I’ve always been the one to experience all of the “firsts.”

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A&M was always something of a default university for me. Both of my parents attended this university, as well as my oldest brother. Every year, at least once a year, from the time I was very young, we attended an A&M football game. It was always the plan, provided no better plan ever…

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Famed former student Benjamin Knox will create portraits and unveil his new Kyle Field painting at Ring Day on Friday.

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Dark clouds did not dampen the spirit as thousands of Aggies put their Aggie gold on their finger for the first time inside the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field.

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An important milestone in an Aggie’s life is getting their ring after countless hours of homework and studying, but sometimes things can go horribly wrong.

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At first glance, the Aggie Ring is a piece of jewelry with minuscule etchings and grooves which rests on a finger. Embodying laughs, tears, late nights and early mornings, my Aggie Ring will surpass any notion of an ornament.

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Celebrated widely and variably, a class ring is more than a piece of jewelry on a finger — it symbolizes determination, encases memories and creates conversation.

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While the Aggie Ring itself has transformed in its nearly 130 year history at Texas A&M, it remains one of the most prominent traditions uniting Aggies together around the world.

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As I took college tours and went to different campuses, Texas A&M stood out from the rest and once my acceptance letter arrived, it was very clear I had already made my decision to become an Aggie.

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Even before coming to Texas A&M I knew the Aggie Ring was important, but the reasons I had heard are not the reasons why I am now anxiously awaiting Saturday morning.

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Jan Weston first stepped onto the campus of Texas A&M as a freshman journalism major in 1972. This Saturday, she will finally receive her Aggie Ring after 45 long years of waiting.

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There have been times in my life when I suddenly become aware I am living in a moment I will remember for the rest of my life.

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When Sharon Kirksey, University of North Texas graduate and wife of Cecil Kirksey, Class of 1958, entered The Association of Former Students during the 2018 Sul Ross Reunion weekend, she never expected to be greeted by loved ones and presented with an Aggie Ring of her own.

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That well-known gold displayed on an Aggie’s finger is what many students work hard and look forward to wearing by completing 90 hours of coursework.

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128 years ago, a tradition began. Little was it known that it would be one of the most prominent symbols of Texas A&M — the Aggie Ring.

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For me, today is the day that many Aggies look forward to the moment they get their acceptance letter. Today, I get my Aggie Ring.

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My earliest memories of Aggieland are from tailgates under the big tree at the Northgate Post Office, alongside my family and their old friends — all wearing their Aggie Rings from their time at A&M. As a young girl, I remember watching the Corps of Cadets march in to Kyle Field on game …

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On Tuesday Sept. 5, friends and family of senior Caroline Killian gathered at the Clayton W. Williams Building to watch as her Aggie Ring was collected and displayed by the Association of Former Students in the Memorial Ring Collections display.

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The Aggie’s face beams with pride as their Aggie Ring is placed on their finger after so many semesters of hard work. They look around, see the thousands of their other classmates experiencing the same joy, and realize they are one step closer to joining the former student family.

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Growing up, I knew I wanted to be an Aggie. I was wearing my dad’s old A&M shirts when I was so young they were dragging on the ground. I would watch almost every Thanksgiving as my older cousins would pack up early and head out to stand at the game against the Longhorns. I remember send…