Official Class Ring Ceremony

Chile ristras with official NMSU rings attached

The NMSU Alumni Association is honored to recognize each semester’s ring recipients with a vital campus tradition of the Official Class Ring Ceremony, held on the Wednesday before Commencement every semester.

The NMSU Official Class Ring Ceremony is held in Trader’s Plaza, located in the area between Dove Hall, the Business Complex, HSS, and Guthrie Hall. Guests will be able to view Aggie Memorial Tower and reflect on its significance as one of the key symbols represented on the ring.

The rings begin their journey to the ceremony with a visit to the top of Aggie Memorial Tower before the event. Pistol Pete delivers an emblematic display on horseback to start the ceremony. Each ring is attached to a chile ristra, a wonderful tradition started by alumna Jo Lytle ’83 with the Hatch Chile Express. Recipients take a photo with the NMSU Chancellor and/or President, and Pistol Pete to commemorate the occasion.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, recipients and their guests are invited to explore Aggie Memorial Tower, where they can learn more about its history. While at the top of the tower, recipients are encouraged to write about their ring experience and what it means to them.

How do I get the ring?

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.