Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Javelina Ring History

In early 1998, a committee of students, alumni, faculty, and staff began discussing the idea of an official ring for graduates of Texas A&M University - Kingsville. After determining that there was interest in the idea, the committee heard proposals from several companies that specialize in class rings and selected one to design and manufacture the ring.

Working with a professional designer, the committee members wanted the ring to reflect symbols that represent the University's history and traditions. The symbols they chose include:

- The school's mascot, the Javelina, because of its tenacity and devotion to the community.

- Mesquite and Cactus, because they personify our students' ability to survive and prosper; mesquite is a symbol for healing and life, and cactus is symbolic of endurance, adaptability, and hidden treasures.

- Palm trees, because of their abundance on campus and their symbolic significance of strength in the face of adversity.

- The Lone Star, because it symbolized the Great State of Texas. A light shining in the darkness, the star is often considered a symbol of truth, the spirit, and of hope.

- The two stars on the top of the ring symbolize our heritage, springing from Texas A&I University, into Texas A&M University - Kingsville.

- The beautiful tower from College Hall because of its ready recognition as a landmark on the Kingsville Campus.

This page was last updated on: August 28, 2014