This is not the ‘ring day’ you may be thinking about… If you have been keeping up with my blog, you would know that I attend Texas A&M University, a university embedded with traditions students partake in their entire college career. One of these traditions is Aggie Ring Day, when a student who has 90 hours of completed courses (a senior) is eligible to order a school ring. Unlike many other universities, an Aggie Ring is special. This Aggie Ring will take me anywhere I want to go in my career, long story short, I finally joined the cult of what is called the ‘Aggie Network.’ You can always immediately recognize who is an Aggie, if they are wearing this beautiful piece of gold. Receiving this ring yesterday (4/9/2016) means I am officially apart of the family and I am so happy. Personally, I do not partake in a lot of the university’s traditions, but this one is the ultimate exception.
Ordering an Aggie Ring is process that takes place about four months prior to Ring Day, the day you finally receive it. Everyone’s Aggie Ring basically looks the same to maintain the tradition, unless you choose an antique or natural finish (mine is natural), or decide to put a diamond in the center. The student’s full name is engraved on the inside so, no matter what happens to it, the ring can be returned to its owner. You can read more about the tradition here.
Following Ring Day ceremonies, the student usually has a Ring Dunk to formally commemorate their introduction into the Aggie Ring cult. Traditional dunkers drink an entire pitcher of their choice of beer with their Aggie Ring inside as fast as they can until they catch the ring at the bottom. For my Ring Dunk, I decided to drink champagne (Moet Rosé) by sabering off the neck of the bottle with a huge knife, throwing my ring in, and chugging until my insides hurt. Why? Because I wanted to act fancy and yes, I am crazy, but I did it. I have to admit I was a trooper, most people can’t even chug one glass of bubbly. The rest of the night was blurry and super fun and I spent it with the best people. Pictured below is the cake and cookies for the party.
Photography by Sophia Kountakis.