SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk grabbed international headlines when he made a surprise visit to Texas A&M for the Hyperloop Design Build Competition in Kyle Field’s Hall of Champions. “The public wants something new, and you’re going to give it to them,” he told attendees during a Q&A session.
Down 12 points with 44 seconds to go vs. Northern Iowa in the second round of the NCAA playoff, the Aggies stormed back to tie and eventually win 92-88 in double-overtime. The win went down as the biggest – and most improbable – comeback in college basketball history.
For the first time in Texas A&M history, the top student leadership positions were held by women at the same time with Hannah Wimberly serving as student body president, Cecille Sorio as Corps of Cadets commander and Claire Wimberly as class of 2017 president.
The Texas A&M campus community celebrated the university’s 140th birthday with a full week of events that included a State of the University address by President Michael K. Young, a birthday celebration in Academic Plaza and a campus-wide scavenger hunt.
The ESPN College Gameday crew hosted a live broadcast from Spence Park before Texas A&M football took on Tennessee in one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season. The celebrity guest pickers, performing artists The Chainsmokers, correctly predicted a Texas A&M victory.
One of Texas A&M’s proudest traditions continued to grow in 2016 by drawing an estimated 22,500 students to take part in a day of selfless service. Students completed 2,700 volunteer projects around the Bryan-College Station community.
Princess Astrid of Belgium and a team of diplomats visited Texas A&M on a mission to strengthen economic ties with Texas, but made time to honor World War II hero and Texas A&M graduate William Merriweather Peña ’42, who lost a leg during the Battle of the Bulge.
Former President George H.W. Bush and longtime U.S. Senator Bob Dole, both former political rivals and World War 2 Veterans, reunited during a Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary ceremony at the Bush Library. Dole was presented with the library’s award for public service.
Texas A&M surpassed its previous high of 23 former and current student-athletes competing in an Olympics set in 2012 by bringing 28 competitors to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Former track athlete Simone Facey won a silver medal as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team and former basketball athlete DeAndre Jordan helped Team USA basketball win a gold medal.
2016 was another year of record breaking at Texas A&M with more than 15,000 degrees conferred, more than 14,000 Aggie Rings ordered and a total student body enrollment of more than 66,000.
Texas A&M broke ground on or completed three major construction projects in 2016 that will not only shape the school’s physical appearance, but the way it students are taught and research is conducted. Projects include the grand opening of the Veterinary Medicine Biomedical Education Complex, the Center for Infrastructure Renewal groundbreaking and the reveal of an outdoor education project. Construction on many other academic and athletic facilities are also underway.
Whether it was getting in on the mannequin challenge or stealing the spotlight at the Super Bowl, Texas A&M garnered social media buzz throughout the year.
- Thousands came together for Aggies United
- Aggie gymnasts took up the mannequin challenge
- Former Aggie linebacker Von Miller earned Super Bowl 50 MVP honors
- An Aggie mural overlooked Austin
- Drake took in the #views from the Academic Building
- Aggies caught ’em all