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The NMSU Alumni Association is honored to recognize each semester’s ring recipients with the beloved campus tradition of the Class Ring Ceremony, held the Wednesday before commencement.

This semester’s NMSU Class Ring Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 8th, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Corbett Center Auditorium in the Corbett Center Student Union. It is a free event for graduating seniors and alumni to share their NMSU pride with family and friends.

The rings are delivered by Pistol Pete, who carries them inside a special wooden chest built for the occasion. Each ring is attached to a chile ristra, a wonderful tradition started by alumna Jo Lytle ’83 with Hatch Chile Express. The brief ceremony includes remarks from university officials and the presentation of the rings. Recipients can take a photo with interim NMSU Chancellor Jay Gogue and Pistol Pete to commemorate the occasion.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, recipients are encouraged to write a special note in the Ring Ceremony memory book describing their ring experience and what it means to them. Recipients can also read what previous graduates have written and reflect upon the memories of generations of Aggies who have taken part in this special tradition.


The Official Class ring is reserved exclusively for junior and senior students in good standing, as well as all graduates of NMSU. While the campus will surely develop and change, the icons, the statues, the traditions and the Official Ring will not. The Official Ring serves as an honorable symbol for all past and future graduates, forming a common bond between NMSU alumni and the institution that played a key role in forming their future.

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