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Texas A&M is known for being tradition-rich. Our traditions are some of the most famous and expansive in the land. Some Aggie traditions are practiced all around the world, and they help to show the true breadth of the Aggie spirit. Likewise, class-specific traditions are known for promoting unity and class-pride and are among some of the oldest and dearest traditions at Texas A&M.

CAMPUS TRADITIONS

We have the strongest and most memorable traditions of any university in the nation, and we are proud of them! All good Ags make sure they experience these traditions while in Aggieland, so don’t miss out. 

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One of the most solemn, important, and well-respected traditions at Texas A&M is Silver Taps. It is a gathering of students on campus to celebrate the lives, and mourn the deaths, of Aggies that passed away while enrolled at the school. It falls on the first Tuesday of each month, following the death of an Aggie. Silver Taps was first held in 1898, making it one of our oldest Aggie traditions. All lights on campus are extinguished and all of campus is silent except for the sound of buglers playing a solemn rendition of Silver Taps and the Ross Volunteers sounding a 21-gun salute in honor of those lost.

Celebrated in over 400 locations world-wide, Muster is one of the most unique and special traditions of Texas A&M. Beginning in 1883, and slowly evolving into a celebration that coincides with Texas Independence Day on April 21, Muster is a remembrance of every individual’s time at Texas A&M and recognition of all Aggies that have passed in the year since the last Muster. While the campus Muster ceremony remains the largest, Aggies gather everywhere on Earth to speak for those that are no longer with us and celebrate the connection that we all share as members of the powerful Aggie community.

Maroon Out began in 1998 when all Aggies were encouraged to wear maroon to a designated football game. We wanted to show one of our top-ranked visiting opponents that 80,000 Aggies in a sea of maroon at Kyle Field are a force to be reckoned with! Since then, Maroon Out has become a highly anticipated tradition that celebrates the unity of the Texas A&M Aggie Family. It is not just about wearing a maroon t-shirt, it is the physical embodiment of the spirit of the 12th Man.

New traditions play as large a role at Texas A&M as those that are as old as the university. 11-11 Day, while only a few years old, is an important display of respect, gratitude, and recognition from the Aggie community to all Aggie Veterans, as well as Aggies currently serving our nation, for their service and sacrifices. This tradition includes a fundraising opportunity through t-shirt sales and generous donations designed to provide the financial resources needed for student veterans to afford their Aggie rings.

There was a tragedy within the A&M community on November 18, 1999. The annual Texas Aggie Bonfire, built to symbolize our burning desire to beat the University of Texas, collapsed. Twelve students were killed and 27 injured. The Bonfire Memorial was erected to celebrate the tradition, history and spirit of Texas A&M, and as a dedication to those involved in the tragic collapse of the 1999 Bonfire. The Bonfire Memorial not only unites Aggies’ past, present and future, but it also embodies the many layers of meaning associated with the Aggie Spirit—a deep sense of belonging, a strong spirit of teamwork and leadership, and an enduring sense of tradition that unites thousands. Every year, in the early morning of November 18th, students and the Aggie community visit the memorial in remembrance of this tragic event.

Person standing on MSC grass
Candles being lit at Aggie Muster
Students holding Fish Fest banner
Students at Ring Dance

CLASS-SPECIFIC TRADITIONS

Every class year celebrates at least one annual tradition that brings fellowship and solidarity to its members. Freshmen bond during Fish Fest, sophomores pull rank at Pull Out Day, and juniors celebrate their rise as leaders of the 12th Man during Legacy Night. Seniors participate in two of Aggieland’s oldest traditions, Elephant Walk and Ring Dance, both celebrating special times spent in their four years here at Texas A&M.

Designed officially for the freshmen class, Fish Fest is one giant unifying experience. What better way to socialize and celebrate the end of the year than with a festival of music, food and prizes. Fish Fest offers something new each year but always seems to bring out something important for those participating—memories of their first year as an Aggie.

Being a sophomore can test your patience when you are so close to having those junior privileges. Well, sophomores, the wait is over! Pull Out Day is the official sophomore class event when all members of the class get together to “pull-out” (i.e. pull rank) by claiming the junior privilege of “WHOOP!-ing.” (Ah…that sweet sound of Aggieland.) Normally, this sacred sound is specifically reserved for juniors and seniors, but not on Pull Out Day which marks the end of sophomore year and the beginning of the upperclassman years of an Aggie’s experience. 

Legacy Night,initiated by the Class of 2023, is a celebration of the unity of Aggie Classes. At Legacy Night, the junior undergraduate class buries a time capsule of items representing their time at Texas A&M. Each capsule is marked with a monument denoting the Class year and the Aggie core value that Class held dear.

Graduating classes follow the path of monuments, known as Legacy Path, during Elephant Walk while reflecting on the contributions of their Class and the Classes before them. Then, they symbolically “pass back” the opportunity for future Classes to define their own legacy.

Each Class will unearth their time capsule at their 50 Year Reunion and Muster, once again reflecting on their Class’s legacy and time in Aggieland.