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Galveston Gets the Gold: Aggie Ring Statue Arrives on Campus    

February 23, 2023

Reveille X sitting in front of the new ring statue during her February visit to campus.
Reveille X sitting in front of the new ring statue during her February visit to campus.

By Taylor Bounds, Content Specialist

The Galveston Campus is now home to its very own Aggie Ring statue. The 8-foot bronze replica features two Aggie Rings, one with a class year of 1966 for the first graduating class of the campus and the other with a class year of 1975 in honor of the first graduating class that allowed women and Black students admission.  

The statue has been a work in progress for several years, and thanks to current and former students, administrators and a successful capital campaign, the rings now sit in their home in the quad between the Bracewell Clocktower and the Aggie Special Event Center. The base, statue, delivery and installation was made and handled by Pyrology Foundry and Studio, the same experts who created The Association of Former Students’ 12-foot, 6,000 pound replica in College Station.

The Aggie Ring dates back to 1889, making it one of the oldest traditions at a university steeped in tradition. Though the design changed multiple times in its first half-century, all of the iconography on the ring is symbolic and has largely remained the same since 1933. In 1963, the Texas Legislature changed Texas A&M’s name from “Texas A&M College” to “Texas A&M University,” marking the final change in design. 

“Our amazing students work so hard to earn the 90 hours needed for their Aggie Ring, and now, right here on Pelican Island, we have a shining monument to their work and their bond with Aggies across the globe!” said Dr. Deborah Thomas, Chief Academic Officer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associated Provost of Texas A&M University. “This is such a thrilling time to be a student – current, former or future – of our campus.”

Thank you to Sue ’94 and Patrick Mahoney ’71, and Kathy B. ’81 and Peter D. Huddleston ‘80, who generously donated to the capital campaign and made the dream of the statue a reality. 


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Texas A&M University at Galveston is the marine and maritime branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M's rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.

Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies and the only one in the southern United States, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world.

Texas A&M-Galveston is located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where it is surrounded by industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.