How to Attend Aggie Muster

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Attend Aggie Muster. Aggie Muster is one of the oldest and most revered traditions at Texas A&M University. Its roots go back to 1883, and eventually the date was set as April 21, San Jacinto Day, the day Texas won its independence from Mexico. Aggies gather to reminisce about college days and remember Aggies who have died in the previous years. Over 400 Aggie Musters are held worldwide each year.

Go to Campus Muster. The Aggie Muster on the A&M campus in College Station, Texas is the largest Muster in the world with 12,000 in attendance. Each muster honors the 50-year reunion class and includes activities over several days. The most solemn activity is the Roll Call for the Absent, where the names of each departed Aggie is read and a friend, family member or other Aggie calls "Here," and a candle is lit.

Contact a local club about Muster. Find a local club through the telephone book or the Association of Former Students. Most, if not all, local clubs will have Muster activities, including the Roll Call for the Absent.

Go traveling. Aggie Musters are held throughout the U.S., and there are over 40 international ceremonies. Check the Aggie Muster site at the A&M website for details or contact the Association of Former Students.

Organize an Aggie Muster. In 1923, the "Texas Aggie" magazine exhorted that if there was an Aggie "within one-hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together." Book a location, plan the activities, publish an ad in the newspaper and notify the Association of Former students so the Muster can be listed. Then "gig 'em!"

Tips

  • To have an Aggie's name called during the Roll of the Absent, contact the local club or the campus Muster committee as soon as possible. Even if situations or locations are challenging, attend an Aggie Muster. Take as an example an Aggie Muster held during World War II. In 1942, 25 Aggies led by General George Moore, '08, mustered 2 weeks before the fall of Corregidor in the Philippines.

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