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Tradition is everywhere at New Mexico State University. We see it on the paths hundreds of thousands of students have walked on since the 1800s and statues created in honor of former leaders. There is a tower constructed as a memorial for Aggies who died defending the country and a victory bell from 1940 now mounted behind the south goal post of the stadium.
As NMSU celebrates 125 years, it is the perfect time to remember the rich history of this University we all take so much pride in. New Mexico was still a territory when Las Cruces College, led by Hiram Hadley, opened the doors of its two-room building in the fall of 1888. One year later, the New Mexico territorial legislature authorized the creation of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, an agricultural college and experiment station. Las Cruces College merged with New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts on January 21, 1890 to 35 students and six faculty members. The university found its third and final name in 1960 when it became NMSU.
As one of the oldest organizations at NMSU, the Alumni Association traces its beginning to May 24, 1898, and has continued to help alumni and friends connect to the university through a variety of events and partnerships.
Like NMSU, which now sits on a 900-acre campus and enrolls 16,428 students from all 50 states and 71 nations, the NMSU Alumni Association has grown only with substantial help from dedicated alumni, students, and friends of the university.
As an association, we are working to enhance our institution for you and the future graduates who will join the ranks of over 110,000 NMSU alumni. Our programs, events, and services are designed to encourage you to stay connected to your alma mater.