Do you have Aggie Spirit?
Do you have a passion for NMSU?
Do you have a desire to become a leader on the NMSU Main Campus? Then we need you!
The Office of University Advancement is excited to announce the restructuring of the Presidential Ambassadors and NMSU Alumni Association Student Delegates into one unified and impressive program. The newly reestablished Presidential Ambassador Program will be the exceptional ambassador program on New Mexico State University’s Main Campus. Presidential Ambassadors are students who participate in the University Course 395/495 for a full academic year. The class of students will reflect the diverse body of NMSU and are drawn from all academic colleges, programs, and class years. We will be recruiting outstanding students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Information coming soon.
Photo: 2016-2017 Presidential Ambassadors
The Official Ring of NMSU symbolically captures the uniqueness of the University. The top of the ring features our school seal, surrounded by the school name. The triangles of the seal represent the three functions of a land grant University: teaching, research, and service. They also represent the joining of Spanish, Indian, and Anglo cultures in New Mexico and the triangulation of the campus with Interstate 10 joining Interstate 25 in the first principle interchange, the Pan American Highway in North America. The side of the ring displays the Memorial Tower in honor of the Aggies who died in our country’s defense. The other side features the majestic Organ Mountains. Students wear the ring with the school name facing them. Upon the granting of degrees at Commencement, graduates turn the ring around with the name facing outward. This symbolizes that the graduate is now ready to face the world. To order your Official NMSU Ring click here.
As part of this program, the NMSU Alumni Association, in an effort to acknowledge each semester’s ring recipients, sponsors the NMSU Official Ring Ceremony the Wednesday prior to finals week each spring and fall semester. The NMSU Official Ring Ceremony is held in Trader’s Plaza located in the NMSU Business Complex, allowing for guests to view Aggie Memorial Tower and reflect on the significance of it as one of the key symbols forged on the ring.
The rings begin their journey to the ceremony with an overnight stay at the top of Aggie Memorial Tower the night before the event. They are taken from the tower to the ceremony by Pistol Pete on horseback and are presented to each ring recipient by an NMSU Alumni Association Executive Council member. Each ring is attached to a crimson Hatch chile ristra, provided by Jo Lytle, '83, owner of Hatch Chile Express. Recipients take a photo with the NMSU President and Pistol Pete to commemorate the occasion.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, recipients and their guests are invited to explore Aggie Memorial Tower, where they can learn more about its history. While at the top of the tower, recipients are encouraged to write about their ring experience and what it means to them.
The NMSU Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Department of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, NMSU Career Services, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, as well as our affinity partners, hosts Graduation Fair each spring and fall semesters.
Graduation Fair provides the one-stop shop for everything the graduating Aggie needs to have for the day of commencement. Students can purchase their cap and gown, reserve their seat at commencement, learn about the great opportunities and chapters of the Alumni Association, purchase their NMSU Official Ring, and visit with career services about life after graduation. This two-day fair is held during March of the spring semester and in October of the fall semester on the NMSU Main Campus.
The NMSU Alumni Association offers volunteer work experience to NMSU students who need to complete community service hours for their organization. Contact the NMSU Office of Alumni Relations at (575) 646-3616.
Show Your Aggie Pride
It is a great accomplishment to receive your diploma! Why not display it in a frame with the NMSU logo. From the Triangle design to the NMSU design, everyone will be able to view your accomplishment. To place your order click on downloadable form or contact the NMSU Office of Alumni Relations at (575) 646-3616. .