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THE NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL RING

NMSU Official RingOver the past 10 years, more than 2,000 NMSU graduates have participated in the tradition of the NMSU Official Ring, the only official university ring reserved exclusively for individuals who have successfully completed 70 hours of course work at NMSU, or graduated from the university.
 
Over a decade ago, the NMSU Official Ring was designed by a group of students, alumni, and university leaders. They identified three symbols unique to NMSU that would serve as iconic reminders of the university campus and Las Cruces. The top of the ring features the traditional university symbol (three triangles representing the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service) surrounded by the university name. One side of the ring displays the Aggie Memorial Tower and the other side displays the Organ Mountains with ‘A’ Mountain, a majestic symbol of the area.

In an effort to acknowledge each of the ring bearers and NMSU traditions, the Alumni Association sponsors the ceremony each spring and fall semester. In spring 2012, the NMSU Alumni Association moved the ceremony from Corbett Center to Aggie Memorial Tower to better celebrate one of the traditional symbols on the ring.
 
During recent years, graduating students enhanced the celebration of the ring pride.  The rings ‘spend the night’ on campus inside the top of Memorial Tower the night before the ceremony safely guarded by Pistol Pete, students, alumni, and campus police. Ben Woods, senior vice president for external relations at NMSU, speaks during the ceremony about the significance of Aggie Memorial Tower, a topic he has spent a considerable amount of time researching. Rings are presented to each recipient attached to crimson Hatch chile ristras compliments of Jo Lytle, owner of Hatch Chile Express, Class of 1983.  The aroma and flavors of the Mesilla Valley will forever be a favorite of NMSU graduates.  

This is a “NMSUnique” part of the celebration that is recognized in the Alumni Relations profession as a best-practice, setting the NMSU Ring Program apart from all other universities’ ring programs.  Those that have not graduated will wear the ring with the wording “New Mexico State University” facing them which means the ring is “facing the heart” while on campus. Once they graduate they will turn the writing away signifying they are ready to “face the world.”



Spring 2014 Ring Recipients