You’ll see maroon and white throughout the Bryan-College Station area—especially during the football season. The colors known as “the Spirit of Aggieland,” connote far more than just school colors. Maroon comes from the French word for chestnut, marronnier, a reddish-brown wood. The color maroon symbolizes perseverance, strength, and passion—many of characteristics attributed to Texas A&M current and former students. White stands for purity and integrity.
Texas A&M can boast that it has the largest student body in Texas, the second largest in the nation. It is in the top ten schools for National merit scholars. It had seven medal of honor awards recipients during WWII. Famous former students include entertainers, businessmen, engineers, medical doctors and researchers, and a host of others, each successful in his or her own field. It is no wonder we all get a little mushy at the sight of Maroon and White.
In additional to the two primary Texas A&M colors, there are seven secondary colors—blue, two shades of green, a light brown, black, and two shades of gray. Two accent colors, yellow, and a raspberry (my name for the color) are used sparingly. Although you may see Texas A&M logos with any of these colors, the expectation from the brand guidelines is to use predominately maroon (pantone #7421C). Watch the Aggie football games on television and you’ll see waves of maroon and white that fill the stadium.
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