7 Quick Takes – A&M Liked It so They Put a Ring on It

Happy Friday, everyone! In exactly 7 hours I will have had my ring for 11 minutes! Whoop! And in exactly 12 hours, I’ll be dunking! As promised, here are 7 things about the Aggie Ring that you may or may have not known. (Partial credit to Beyonce for the title of this blog)

  1. In order to have an Aggie Ring, an Aggie must have at least 90 cummulative credit hours, 45 of which must be from this College Station campus, and a 2.0 GPR. Right now I have 92 and by the end of the semester I’ll have 105, 100 of which count towards my degree in biology.
  2. After receiving their Aggie Ring, most Aggies will choose to dunk their ring. This event is known as a Ring Dunk. Traditionally, an Aggie drops their ring into a pitcher of (usually flat) beer and has the amount of years in seconds to chug the pitcher. For instance, I would have 1 minute and 11 seconds. I’m only dunking my ring in a glass because I am under-aged. Our Ring Dunk will be taking place at 7pm at our apartment. If you’re reading this, you’re invited. The dunking will be at 8:11 (because it’s 20:11).
  3. The crown of the ring: Shield at the top of Ring: Illustrates protection of the good reputation of the alma mater. 13 Stripes in shield:  Symbolizes the 13 original states and the intense patriotism of graduates and undergraduates of A&M. 5 stars in shield: Refers to the phases of development of the student: mind or intellect, body, spiritual attainment, emotional poise, and integrity of character. Eagle: Connotes agility and power, and ability to reach great heights and ambitions.
  4. The right shank of the ring: Star:  Represents the Seal of the State of Texas, authorized by the constitution of 1845. Olive and Laurel branch that encircles star: Signifies achievement and a desire for peace. Live Oak leaves surrounding star: Means strength to fight. Ribbon that joins the Olive and Live-Oak leaves: Shows the necessity of joining these two traits to accomplish one’s ambition to serve.
  5. The left shank of the ring: Ancient cannon, saber, and rifle:  Symbolizes that the citizens of Texas fought for their land and are determined to defend their homeland. Saber: Also signifies valor and confidence. Rifle and cannon: Also illustrates preparedness and defense. Crossed flags of the United States and Texas: Reminders of the dual allegiance to nation and state.
  6. The history: 1876 – Texas A&M College opens. 1889 – Oldest known Aggie Ring made this year. 1894 – Edward C. Jonas ’94, captain of C Company, chosen to design a new Aggie Ring (he had designed the Commencement programs 1891-1894). 1894 – The Ring committee awards contract to a Bryan jeweler.  The resulting Rings are inspected by Professor P.S. Tilson ’89, who discovered they were weighted with lead. 1899 – R.J. Poulter is chosen as chairman of a committee to select the 1899 class Ring. -Linz Brothers Jewelry Company of Dallas submits design sketches for the Ring. -A meeting is held by Poulter’s committee in J.B. Sterns’ room to discuss the designs.  During this meeting the suggestion is made to have the classes of ’00, ’01, and ’02 adopt the design to perpetuate the tradition./1899-Linz Brothers quotes a lower price for rings if Junior, Sophomore and Freshman classes would vote to use the same design. -The classes agree to perpetuate the design. 1900 – The class of ’00 buy their rings from Linz Brothers for $10.50, after testing a ring proved their metallic purity. -The classes of ’01 and ’02 did not all buy rings from Linz Brothers; they could not hold a monopoly over the manufacture of the Ring. 1912 – The state seal and crossed weapons changes sides. 1926 – The state seal and crossed weapons again change sides. 1930 – 1935 -Rings made during this period were primarily manufactured by Herff Jones Company. 1933 – Officers of the class of ’31 petitions the A&M faculty to restrict purchase of the Aggie Ring to students who have attained at least the second semester of their Junior year. -Texas A&M President T.O. Walton appoints an Official Senior Ring Committee to standardize the Ring design, create more control for Ring distribution and manufacture, and eliminate some of the undesirable practices connected with handling class Ring orders.  The committee was to consider proposals for rings for the classes ‘35-’39.  No stones (diamonds,rubies) were considered.  Rings would average 12 pennyweight.  Their goal was modernization of the old design while retaining essential features.  The words “Texas A&M College – 1876” were added around the crown. 1933 – The Star Engraving Company of Houston is awarded a 5 year contract.  Distributors in the Bryan/College Station area that were chosen were John S. Caldwell and Sankey Park. 1934 – Star Engraving files for a patent on the Ring designed by John Boehme. 1935 – The Texas and United States flags were added behind the crossed cannon, rifle and saber.  Wording was changed to “A&M College of Texas – 1876” (this design will not change again until 1963). 1935 April – Star Engraving secures a seven year patent of Ring design. April 23 – Star Engraving transfers rights of patent #95172 to Texas A&M College. 1937 – C.W. Varner is added as a distributor of Rings. 1939 – Registrar’s Office begins distributing rings with the class of ’39, to exercise tighter control. -Josten Company of Owatonna, Minnesota is awarded a contract to supply rings for the classes ‘40-42. 1942 – Josten Company’s contract is extended to 1948. -Ring patent is allowed to expire. 1948 – L.G. Balfour Company of Attelboro Massachusetts is awarded a three year contract to supply Rings. 1963 – Legislature changes name of the school to Texas A&M University.  The Ring lettering is correspondingly changed. 1963 – 1966 – These class years have an option of College or University. 1963 – J.B. “Josh” Sterns ‘99 conceives idea of a permanent ring collection. 1967 – All students of this class year and forward are required to have A&M University lettering on their Ring. 1970’s – Rose and White Gold w/ Antique finishes become available to give students options beyond the Yellow Gold W/ Antique. 1972 – Balfour’s lifetime warranty for Rings available. 1998 – Rings are manufactured in a solid one piece design. 1998 – Natural finish becomes available.
  7. I get mine today!!!!

So “quick takes” 3-6 were from aggienetwork.com/ring obviously, I’m not going to take credit for that vast amount of things. Also, this is the first time I’ve broken my word count rule.

A few moments after getting my Aggie Ring

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2 responses to this post.

  1. If you think I read all that, you’re crazy.

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