NMSU Official Ring 

During 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 60 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. The Official New Mexico State University Ring is an emblematic representation of our unique University. The triangles on the face of the ring, surrounded by our University name, represent the three functions of our land-grant University – teaching, research and service. They also represent the joining of multiple cultures in New Mexico and the triangulation of campus with Interstate 10 joining Interstate 25 in the first principle interchange – the Pan American Highway in North America.

One side of the ring displays Memorial Tower in honor of the Aggies who died serving our country. The opposite side features the majestic Organ Mountains, accented by our iconic ‘A’ Mountain. The NMSU Ring also holds a special place in ring tradition history to be the only university in the nation with a National Monument, the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks, on our ring.

Current students should wear the ring with the University’s name facing them, which means the ring is facing the heart. Following the granting of degrees at Commencement, graduates turn the ring around, with the name facing outward, signifying that the graduate is now ready to face the world.

In an effort to acknowledge each of the ring bearers and NMSU traditions, the Alumni Association hosts the ceremony each spring and fall semester to present each ring recipient with their NMSU Ring. 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 and take pride in the Tower's presence.

During recent years, graduating students enhanced the celebration of the ring pride. A representative from Alumni Relations speaks during the ceremony about the significance of Aggie Memorial Tower. 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 and a way to celebrate our rich agricultural history. 

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