History of the March

Originally known as "the hike," March to the Brazos began in 1908 to keep cadets out of trouble on April Fools' Day. Cadets took part in a trek over multiple days from campus to the Brazos River. After arriving at the river, they conducted a symbolic passing of positions to the next class year.

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A Time of Transition

Over the years, March to the Brazos has evolved into a 9-mile hike to the Texas A&M Beef Center the weekend before Final Review in April.

Like the tradition's early days, March to the Brazos previews the cadets' new roles that will come with the arrival of the next academic year. The walk back to campus symbolizes the upcoming school year, with cadets ready to lead in their new positions. In one of their first acts as incoming cadet leaders, current freshmen, sophomores and juniors lead the way during the march back to campus. Meanwhile, outgoing seniors return to campus on a bus.

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