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Friends Surprise First-Generation Aggie, Pay For Ring

Taylor Fennell '21 January 8, 2019 10:16 AM updated: January 13, 2019 3:20 PM

As a first-generation student who works year-round to fund his education, Samuel Hall ’19 did not anticipate ordering his Aggie Ring before graduation.

Just as he became eligible to order his Ring however, Hall was surprised with the gift of a lifetime from his friends, who had secretly organized a fundraiser to pay for it. Hall’s roommate Blake Farver ’19 created a Facebook page and asked his fellow Aggies to contribute to the cause. The Facebook page was shared with over 200 students, who raised enough money for Hall’s Ring in just 4 hours and 10 minutes. 

“As many of you know, getting the Aggie Ring is a staple accomplishment of being an Aggie, and I believe that nobody should have to graduate without gracing that piece of gold on their hand,” Farver wrote on the page.

On Dec. 31, Hall and his friends met to celebrate the new year when the night took an unexpected twist. The group congregated in one room and surprised Hall with a large check and explained their efforts. The Aggie was baffled, saying he had not expected such a gift.
“This event has solidified how generous and caring the Aggie family really is,” Hall said. “I could not be more happy with the experiences I’ve had. The good and the bad, it’s all been worth it and the Lord has been at the center of it all and used Texas A&M University to place an incredible community around me.”

Hall will receive his Aggie Ring in April, along with the thousands of students who order before Feb. 13.

In addition to gifts made specifically to Ring or other scholarships funds, the Aggie Ring Program is supported by donors to The Association of Former Students. Add your support here. Current students can join the Century club at a 75 percent discount.

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