The Josh Sterns '99 and Memorial Ring Collections are displayed together and are very important pieces of A&M history. They both serve as a lasting memorial in celebration of the Ring owners’ lives as Aggies.
The idea was created by J.B. “Josh” Sterns, Class of 1899, when he collected one Aggie Ring from each class from 1899 to 1964. His journey began in 1963 when he wrote over 4,000 letters in the span of 3 years asking former students to donate their Aggie Rings to be part of a permanent ring collection. In return, they were allowed to order a replacement ring. After collecting all the class years from The A&M College of Texas, Sterns said, "It'll have to be up to someone else to collect the Senior Class Rings from Texas A&M University." On his 92nd birthday, January 15, 1970, he presented his collection to The Association of Former Students for permanent display. There are still former students living today whose rings are part of the Sterns Ring Collection.
The Association continues Josh's great legacy by accepting one Aggie Ring for each class year. Rings from 1965 to present are part of the The Memorial Ring Collection and have been donated by loved ones of a deceased member of our Aggie family. The only exception is the Class of 1995, when a husband and wife, both Class of '95, were killed in an automobile accident. Their Aggie Rings are displayed together.
The Rings of Special Significance collection includes notable Rings—such as the Class of 1898 Ring of Germain F. Foutrel—and the Rings of notable Aggies, such as James Earl Rudder ’32.
The Polly Wiseman Franklin ’86 Ring Collection showcases various Aggie Rings on a rotation of about three months. The collection was established in 2003 by Patricia and Charles Wiseman ’57 in honor of their daughter.
The Ring Collections are all on display at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr Alumni Center.