History & Traditions
AGGIES DON’T CHEER, WE YELL!
The Aggie Spirit is more than just a feeling, it’s also a sound: the sound of tens of thousands of Aggies yelling in unison to support the team. When the Yell Leaders take to the field and lead yells before the 12th Man, it’ll be nothing like you’ve ever heard. It’ll be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of your college life.
You’ll perfect the yells at Midnight Yell Practice, which happens at Kyle Field the night before each home game. The stadium lights up the night sky as thousands of Aggies stand before the Yell Leaders and get pumped up to “Beat The Hell Outta” the opposing team. Bring a date if you’d like because at the end, the lights go out and Aggies kiss their dates, just like they do when the team scores.
THE 12TH MAN
Aggies are known as the 12th Man because we remain standing throughout football games as a gesture of loyalty, support and readiness. The tradition started with E. King Gill, whose readiness to play in the 1922 Dixie Classic symbolized the unwavering willingness of Aggies to support their team. Texas A&M is known nationally as the Home of the 12th Man.
THE AGGIE RING
“Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie.” Being part of the Aggie Network means you are connected to the university for life, and The Association of Former Students will help you maintain and benefit from that connection. The most enduring symbol of the Aggie Network is the Aggie Ring; you’ll have an instant bond with anyone you meet who’s wearing one.
Texas A&M’s mascot is Reveille, an American collie and the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets. In 1931, a group of cadets found a stray dog and brought her to campus. The next morning, the dog barked when the bugler played “Reveille” and her name was coined. Today, Reveille IX lives on campus and goes everywhere with her cadet handler.
Muster is the tradition that binds us with the spirit of Aggies who have gone before. An annual remembrance, Muster is observed in more than 400 places worldwide, with the largest ceremony here on campus. When each name on the Roll Call for the Absent is read, a friend or family member answers “Here” and a candle is lit to symbolize that while those Aggies are not present in body, they will forever remain with us in the Aggie Spirit.
One of the oldest traditions is Silver Taps, held on the first Tuesday of every month as the final tribute for any student enrolled at Texas A&M who passed away in the previous month. Aggies gather in silence; hymns chime from Albritton Bell Tower; the Ross Volunteers Firing Squad fires three volleys; buglers play “Silver Taps” three times — all as part of this sacred tradition.