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The first panel features intricate scenes that reflect Texas A&M University’s origins and earliest days.
On display in the Memorial Student Center, the Centennial Carvings breathe life into Texas A&M University’s rich past. But they also embody the loving dedication to Aggieland exhibited by their creators, Susan and Rodney Hill.
Commissioned for Texas A&M’s 1976 Centennial Convocation, the six 3-by-8-foot black walnut panels focus on campus landmarks, the Corps of Cadets, agriculture, sports and traditions, veterinary medicine and science, and engineering and arts, while a seventh added in the 1990s depicts student life. 

Without Texas A&M history books to reference at the time, Rodney immersed himself in the university’s archives and spoke to campus personnel for six months to gather information and inspiration.

For two years, the Hills sacrificed any time not occupied with their two young children or Rodney’s role as a School of Architecture professor to carve in their garage, slowly transforming the panels into a masterpiece that connects Aggies past, present and future.

“The project was an honor,” Rodney said. “We hope the carvings contribute to Aggies’ sense of community and pride in their university.” 

Susan and Rodney Hill worked on the Centennial Carvings in their garage.

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