Official Ring Ceremony

The New Mexico State University 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 a NMSU Alumni Association Executive Council member. Each ring is attached to a crimson Hatch chile ristras, 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. 

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