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Galveston Campus To Construct Aggie Ring Statue

Andréa Bolt October 19, 2021 9:00 AM updated: October 19, 2021 10:23 AM

A digital rendering depicts the upcoming Galveston Campus Aggie Ring statue. Courtesy of Texas A&M at Galveston
A digital rendering depicts the upcoming Galveston Campus Aggie Ring statue. Courtesy of Texas A&M at Galveston

This story originally appeared on TAMUG.edu. Read it here.

Texas A&M University at Galveston will be erecting a new statue on campus in an ode to the time and effort placed in earning an Aggie degree. The Galveston campus Aggie Ring replica will be an 8-foot statue placed across from the Bracewell Clock Tower in the center of campus featuring the Class years of the first female and male graduates of the institution. 
 
“Our students are proud Aggies in every single way. It only makes sense to honor them, past and present, with a ring statue of their own to signify their significant achievements in the pursuit of their degree,” said Galveston Campus Chief Operating Officer, Col. Mike Fossum ’80. “And we are hopeful our friends and fans believe the same and will ‘pass it back.’ This symbol will complement the other items on campus grounds that reflect our heritage, such as the T/S Clipper anchor.”  

The project was initiated in 2018 by then-Maroon Delegates president Andres Barboza ’18 and vice president Deidra Dittmar ’19 who approached the Galveston Campus administration and development office with a new mission after a visit to College Station.
 
The iconic bronze Aggie Ring replica statue at the Haynes Ring Plaza at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center in College Station had caught their attention. Every year, the fixture invites thousands of students and visitors to pose and take pictures around the Haynes Ring Replica, many anxiously awaiting the day they receive their own piece of Aggie gold.
 
“We need our own,” Barboza said. “It would mean so much to see the Ring represented in a central part of campus. It’ll remind students what they’re working toward every day and reinforce what it means to wear the Ring as a member of the Aggie family.”

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