KINGSVILLE - Graduating students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville who purchased an official school ring received them during a special ceremony held April 5.

Graduates and alumni are able to purchase an official Texas A&M-Kingsville ring. Students have made the ring purchase and ceremony an annual tradition of the university. A committee of students, staff, alumni and faculty selected a company to design the ring. Its symbols reflect the university's history and traditions.

The symbols include the school's mascot, the javelina, because of its tenacity; mesquite and cactus, because they personify the students' ability to survive and prosper; palm trees, because they are found all over campus; the Lone Star, because it symbolizes the state of Texas; and the College Hall clock tower, because it is the most recognized landmark on campus.

Students receiving their official school ring are listed, along with their hometown and major:

Agua Dulce: Sandra Herrera, food and nutrition science;

Bishop: Ezequiel Delgado, computer science; Marina E. Martinez, communication sciences and disorders;

Corpus Christi: Gabriel I. Carrion, biomedical sciences; Patricia Ann Contreras, biomedical sciences; Michelle Hayden, finance; Kyle Plumley, industrial technology; Jose J. Rodriguez, music;

Robstown: Jose A. Martinez, chemistry; Israel Mendoza Jr., general business.