Traditions are a part of any great university. They are established organically and evolve over time. Traditions are events which link the current students to those from years past. New Mexico State University is like other universities in this aspect. Some of these traditions are relatively young and others have been around for decades.
First Year Walk
During the opening week of the fall semester, first year Aggies are invited to attend the First Year Walk. Starting at the Pan American Center, students walk through Miller Gate and end up at the location of McFee Hall. Students are met there by the NMSU Chancellor and welcomed to the Aggie family.
Keep State Great
Keep State Great is an annual community service celebration that takes place in the fall before the week of Homecoming. Students, alumni, faculty and staff commit their time to beautify the NMSU Campus. Projects include, cleaning, painting, and picking up trash on the NMSU campus. Keep State Great is a time to celebrate what being an Aggie is about.
A New Mexico State University tradition since 1926, Homecoming is a great opportunity for Aggies of all ages to reconnect with the university and their Aggie Pride. Homecoming is a full week long and includes many events like the student bonfire, car smash, scholarship receptions, door decorating contests, and culminates with the homecoming football game.
Painting the “A”
The 300-foot tall, 80-foot wide “A” atop “A” Mountain is a true symbol of New Mexico State University and gives both students and alumni a sense of pride as they gaze at the mountains set east of the campus. A tradition since 1920, the Greeks currently have taken up the charge to maintain the NMSU landmark.
Held in the spring semester, the Aggie community takes time to remember students, employees and alumni who have died in the past year and is open to the public.
The event is held at the Spiritual Center; located on NMSU’s International Mall, west of the Educational Services Building and the Pan American Center, near the university’s duck pond. click here.