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Aggie Core Values and Traditions

Core Values

To develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good.

Our purpose statement carries with it the responsibility, the traditions and the forward thinking of Texas A&M University exemplified by all who are associated with the university — its faculty and staff, and its current and former students. This can be defined by six core values.

  1. Excellence: Set the bar.
    “Excellence stems from a great sense of pride in who we are and what we believe in.” – Former Texas A&M President Dr. Robert Gates
  2. Integrity:  Character is destiny.
    The Aggie Code of Honor which Aggies recite by heart: ‘Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those that do’ shows what goes to the heart of being an Aggie.” – Texas A&M Leadership
    “Integrity was the core value that A&M gave me more of than any other. It helped me succeed in my career because my fellow professionals, clients and friends knew that they could rely on me and my word.” – Former Student
  3. Leadership: Follow me.
    “The spirit of leadership is instilled in every student – whether they go on to lead in the boardroom or in the backyard – they have the values, the confidence and the experience to lead change in their world.” – Texas A&M Leadership
  4. Loyalty: Acceptance forever.
    “Loyalty and respect for tradition is about a sense of belonging to something greater than yourself. You’re a part of a history of traditions…of a larger community.” – Former Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. David Prior
  5. Respect: We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we.
    “A&M students aren’t just joining a university, they’re joining a lifelong family that understands the value of loyalty, camaraderie, and unconditional support.” – Texas A&M Leadership
  6. Selfless Service: How can I be of service?
    “A&M encourages volunteerism, encourages being one of a thousand points of light, helping others… and it comes naturally to Aggies.” – Former US President George Bush
Aggie Traditions

“There’s a Spirit can ne’er be told…”

Since its beginning in 1876, Texas A&M has developed a rich heritage of traditions that have helped to develop character, leadership, unity, and public service in all its graduates. By experiencing these honored traditions you can begin to understand what is truly meant by “the Spirit of Aggieland.”

What is an Aggie?

Since the institution’s founding in 1876, Texas A&M University has developed a rich heritage of traditions that bond our graduates. The name Aggie comes from Texas A&M University’s history in agriculture, and is the term used to define Texas A&M students, faculty and staff worldwide.

Aggie Honor Code


The Aggie Honor Code is at the core of Texas A&M traditions and ethics. Aggies take great pride in maintaining this standard, and exhorting their peers to do the same. Students, faculty and staff are expected to ‘live the code’ in everything they do.

Aggie Ring

One of the greatest moments in the life of any Aggie is the day that they receive their Aggie Ring. The Aggie Ring is worn by current and former students, and the design is the same except for the class year. The ring serves as a common link for former students, and when an Aggie sees the ring on another Aggie’s hand, a spontaneous reunion occurs. Each of the symbols on the ring represents a value that an Aggie should hold.

Gig ‘Em

A gig is a pronged spear used to spear fish; the term ‘Gig ‘Em’ was first used by graduate Pinky Downs in 1930 to describe what the Aggies were going to do to the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. The Gig ‘Em symbol is made by creating a fist with your thumb extended.

Aggie Muster

Every April 21, Muster brings together more Aggies worldwide on one occasion than any other event. Muster honors all former students who have passed away in the prior year.

Silver Taps

A final tribute is held the first Tuesday of the month when a current student has passed away the previous month.


Reveille is an American collie, and serves as the official mascot and First Lady of Texas A&M University. Students adopted the first Reveille in 1931. Reveille is the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets.

12th MAN

Aggie football fans call themselves the 12th Man, meaning they are there to support the 11 players on the field. This has expanded to describe their willingness to stand ready for service, desiring to support their fellow Aggies and their community.

Maroon Out

During one football game each year, all Aggie fans wear maroon, to overpower the opposing team’s fans. Maroon Out t-shirts are sold at discount, with a new design every year. Since this tradition began in 1998, Texas A&M has not lost a single Maroon Out game.

Say “HOWDY!”

This is the traditional greeting by Aggies. Aggieland has gained a reputation of being the friendliest campus in the world.

Corps of Cadets

Texas A&M is one of only three schools with a full-time Corps of Cadets program leading to commissions in all branches of military service — Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. It has a tradition of providing more trained officers to the United States armed forces than any other military school.

Elephant Walk

The annual walk around campus is done to symbolize the seniors dying usefulness to the 12th Man.

Aggie War Hymn
Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!
Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!

First Verse:
All hail to dear old Texas A&M
Rally around Maroon and White
Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies
They are the boys who show the real old fight
That good old Aggie spirit thrills us
And makes us yell and yell and yell
So let’s fight for dear old Texas A&M
We’re going to beat you all to
Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem
Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M!
Second Verse:
Good-bye to Texas University
So long to the orange and the white
Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies
They are the boys that show the real old fight
“The eyes of Texas are upon you . . .”
That is the song they sing so well
So good-bye to Texas University
We’re going to beat you all to
Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M!
Spirit of Aggieland
Some may boast of prowess bold
Of the school they think so grand
But there’s a spirit can ne’er be told
It’s the Spirit of Aggieland
We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we
True to each other as Aggies can be
We’ve got to fight boys We’ve got to fight!
We’ve got to fight for Maroon and White
After they’ve boosted all the rest
Then they will come and join the best
For we are the Aggies, the Aggies are we
We’re from Texas AMC
Second Chorus:
Fight! Fight! Fight-fight-fight!
Fight, Maroon! And White-white-white!
A-G-G-I-E Texas! Texas! A-M-C
Gig ‘em! Aggies! 1-2-3!
Farmers fight! Farmers fight!
Fight! Fight!


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