Islander Lei Tradition

Board President Ed Cantu ’81 welcomes a new Alumni to the Association
at the Fall 2015 Commencement festivities.

One of the most unique experiences of attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is that it is the only university in the nation located on its own island. As a celebratory and congratulatory gesture, the Islander Lei has become a popular commencement tradition. With palm tree-lined pathways throughout the campus, natural wetlands, and a university beach, the Islander Lei represents the physical beauty of our Island University.

Prior to graduation, students purchase their Islander Lei to distinguish themselves as new members of the Islander Alumni Association. Before the ceremony, alumni members welcome students into the Islander Alumni family by presenting them with their Islander Lei. This makes graduation a fun and very colorful experience unlike any other!