The traditions of Texas A&M University
are a key aspect of the culture of Texas A&M University
. Some of the school traditions
date to the 1890s, shortly after the opening of the school, while others have been introduced more recently. These traditions help current and former students (Aggies) to cultivate the Aggie Spirit, a sense of loyalty and respect for the school, and dictate many aspects of student life, including how to greet others, how to act at an A&M sporting event, and, in many cases, what words a student may use in conversation. The most visible tradition among seniors and former students is the wearing of the Aggie Ring, whose design has been relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1894. Not all Aggie traditions are recognized by the university, and some, like Bonfire
, have been discontinued for safety reasons. Texas Monthly
states that the students' respect for school traditions and values is the university's greatest strength.
Incoming students are generally first exposed to traditions when they are greeted with the official Texas A&M greeting "Howdy". Since the 1950s, incoming students have been offered orientations, led by current students, which teach the various traditions, songs, and yells in current use. On campus, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets
is known as the "Keepers of the Spirit" for its staunch defense of Aggie traditions. A subset of the Corps,... Read More