Official Class Ring Ceremony

Chile ristras with official NMSU rings attached

The NMSU Alumni Association, in an effort to acknowledge each semester’s ring recipients, sponsors the NMSU Official Class Ring Ceremony the Wednesday before Commencement each spring and fall semester. The NMSU Official Class Ring Ceremony is held in Trader’s Plaza located in the middle of 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 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.