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History and Tradition on the Island

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi traces its beginning back to 1947, when Ward Island became the home of the University of Corpus Christi with 312 students enrolled. In 1989, the University joined the A&M System and has since grown to five colleges. The Island University now has more than 12,000 students from across the nation and 50 countries.

Cultural Dance


Our annual homecoming spans an entire week. The Tip-Off Picnic, Lighting of the “I” Spirit Rally, Friday Fiesta and Tailgate Party are just a few of the traditions culminating with a basketball game and naming of the Homecoming Court.


From dance routines and cultural performances to choreographed show- stoppers, the “Islander Revue” music and dance extravaganza showcases a friendly competition of our talented student groups and organizations.


During Aloha Days, incoming freshmen attend a three-day camp, learning Islander traditions via skits and activities while making friends with other students new to the Island University.



This one-day experience allows students to engage in civic responsibility and connect with the Corpus Christi community while learning valuable leadership skills as they plan, promote and organize events to help those in need.


This annual launch of the holiday season covers the campus in blue and green lights. Islander Lights features holiday activities, music, food, and raises donations for Toys for Tots.


These annual ceremonies officially welcome First-Year Islanders to campus and celebrate the beginning of the students’ entry into the Islander community.


Our semiannual ring ceremony includes the “Islander Ring Wish” tradition in which students receive a sand dollar, symbolizing their future goals, inside their ring box. The students then walk to Lee Plaza to toss their sand dollars into the Lee Plaza fountain.


Each April, the Islander Tribute commemorates the lives of Islanders who died during the previous academic year. These students are honored in Lee Plaza where paver stones engraved with their names are placed in a permanent memorial.