There’s a Spirit Can Ne’er be Told...
Texas A&M University is well known for its time-honored traditions, which separate the university from other schools in the nation. For nearly 150 years, these sacred traditions have united past, present and future Aggies.
Aggies are known as the 12th Man because we remain standing throughout football games as a gesture of loyalty, support and readiness. The tradition starts with E. King Gill, whose readiness to play in the 1922 Dixie Classic symbolized the unwavering willingness of Aggies to support their team. Texas A&M is known nationally as the Home of the 12th Man.
The Aggie Ring
Being part of the Aggie Network means you’re connected to Texas A&M for life. The Association of Former Students will help you maintain and benefit from that connection. The most enduring symbol of the Aggie Network is the Aggie Ring — you’ll have an instant bond with anyone you meet who’s wearing one.
The Texas A&M Yell Leaders embody the unique spirit for which Texas A&M is known and lead fans in “yells” during athletic and other university events. Among those events is Midnight Yell Practice, held at Kyle Field the night before each home game. Join in as thousands of Aggies get pumped up to “Beat The Hell Outta” the opposing team.
Texas A&M’s mascot is Reveille, an American collie. Also known as the First Lady of Aggieland and Miss Rev, she is the highest-ranking member of the Corps of Cadets. Currently, Reveille X lives on campus and goes everywhere with her cadet handler.
An annual remembrance, Muster is observed all over the world, with the largest ceremony here on the College Station campus. When each name on the Roll Call for the Absent is read, a loved one answers, “Here.” Next, a candle is lit to symbolize that while those Aggies are not present in body, they will forever remain with us in the Aggie Spirit.
Held on the first Tuesday of every month, Silver Taps is the final tribute for any student enrolled at Texas A&M who passed away in the previous month. Aggies gather in silence, hymns chime from Albritton Bell Tower, the Ross Volunteers Firing Squad fires three volleys and buglers play “Silver Taps” three times.
An Aggie education extends beyond the classroom. At the heart of the Aggie experience are values such as diversity, the Aggie Honor System, sustainability, our time-honored traditions, service opportunities and the Aggie Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service.
The Big EventEach spring, tens of thousands of Texas A&M students come together to say “Thank You” to the residents of Bryan and College Station. For the past 37 years, Aggie students have participated in this annual event to show their appreciation to the surrounding community, completing service projects such as yard work, window washing, and painting for residents of the community. The Big Event has become the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation.