Pennies on Sully
Placing pennies at the base of the Sul Ross statue on campus just might give an Aggie the extra luck he or she needs to ace an upcoming exam.
Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross was president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas — later renamed Texas A&M University — from 1891-98. He was known for his legendary efforts to keep the college open and is often called the embodiment of the Aggie Spirit.
Ross was also a former governor of the state of Texas and was affectionately known as "Sully." The statue of Sully is one of the most iconic landmarks on the Texas A&M campus and is located on the Academic Plaza. Those passing by the statue will notice stacks of pennies piled on its base. Each penny was placed there by a current student.
The tradition to “put a penny on Sully” is an homage to Ross. The saying goes that he would help students with their homework, and when they asked how they could repay him, Ross would reply, “A penny for your thoughts.”
Students leave pennies (and other trinkets) at the base of Sully's statue for good luck before taking their exams. The items are collected each semester and donated to a local charitable organization.Learn more about Aggie culture
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