Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 April 7, 2020 2:10 PM updated: April 8, 2020 1:00 PM
As precautionary measures are taken to curb the spread of COVID-19, adjustments are being made to events across our country, and Aggie Muster is no exception. But despite today's challenges, this essential Aggie tradition will continue.
Muster Live: Aggies all over the world are invited to Muster on April 21 via Muster Live, an online collaboration of The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, the student Muster Committee and local Muster groups. You will be able to attend local ceremonies virtually, watch the campus Muster ceremony and The Association of Former Students' Worldwide Roll Call, and answer "here" for fallen friends. Visit tx.ag/MusterLive20 for more information.
Local Musters: The Association of Former Students strongly encouraged local Muster chairs and A&M Club presidents to follow the guidance from medical experts and government officials and not gather for Muster on or around April 21. The Association is providing support for those who want to hold Muster in a virtual format or delay until this summer. Find your local Muster and read about their plans at tx.ag/FindAMuster.
Campus Muster: In line with Texas A&M and CDC recommendations, the student-run Muster Committee made the difficult decision to not hold this year’s campus Muster ceremony in person and instead hold a virtual ceremony on the Muster Live website. Read more here.
Worldwide Roll Call: Rest assured, every Aggie's name reported to The Association will be called and answered "here" for during the third Worldwide Roll Call for the Absent. Continuing a tradition that began in 2018, The Association will call all 1,600-plus names on the Worldwide Muster Roll and answer “here” for each in a three-hour reading that will be livestreamed April 21 on AggieNetwork.com and on the Muster Live website.
Add a name to the roll: The Association began this Worldwide Roll Call to ensure that no names would go unanswered for Muster, a Texas A&M tradition more than a century old. Learn more, including how to add a name, here.
Many activities have been disrupted in Aggieland and elsewhere in recent weeks. Although the "temporary new normal" we’re living in may require that some of our traditions take on a different look in 2020, the spirit of those traditions remains unaltered. This spirit was present when a small group of Aggies were pinned down on Corregidor during the second great war. Though they were not able to physically gather for Muster Day in 1942 they still had a roll and were together in spirit. Read more about the Corregidor Muster here.
As we’ve seen time and again during times of crisis, from world wars to hurricanes, the Aggie Spirit will prevail.
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