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Silver Taps To Honor 8 Aggies

Scot Walker '90 August 31, 2020 12:54 PM updated: August 31, 2020 3:33 PM

Silver Taps will be observed virtually Sept. 1 to honor the memories of eight deceased students.

Silver Taps is a tribute paid to an Aggie who, at the time of his or her death, was enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or professional courses at Texas A&M. Silver Taps was formerly observed as soon as possible after the death of an Aggie. Today it is held on the first Tuesday of each month from September to April, if necessary.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, university officials decided to hold the fall 2020 Silver Taps ceremonies in a virtual format. 

Silver Taps will be held at 10:30 p.m. and streamed on KAMU-TV and on Texas A&M’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Silver Taps is held the first Tuesday of each month from September-April, if necessary, following a student’s death. It is one of the final tributes held for any current professional, graduate or undergraduate student who has passed during the year.

These Aggies will be honored at September's Silver Taps:

  • Steven Devon Anderson ’20, a communications major from Houston who died April 2.
  • Asa Thomas Graham ’21, an engineering technology major from Nederland who died June 19.
  • Cody Allen Reinhard ’21, a political science major from Harker Heights who died May 31.
  • Prescilla Marie Sanchez ’21, an English major from Lewisville who died May 15.
  • Erik Alexander Medina '22, a biomedical sciences major from San Antonio who died March 10.
  • Elizabeth Anne Slovak ’22, a graduate student in special education from Dallas who died June 25.
  • Aidan Alexander Berwick ’23, a genetics major from Houston who died July 28.
  • Caitlyn Mychele Harman ’23, a public health major from Bastrop who died May 30.

These Aggies' names have been added to the roll call for the 2021 Aggie Muster. Deceased Aggies who were students at the College Station campus when they died are eligible to be called at the student-run Muster at Reed Arena on April 21. (See the criteria for the Reed Arena roll call.Their names, along with every other name on the 2021 worldwide roll call, will also be called during the live reading that will take place on April 21 at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. (See the current 2021 roll call.) Their names are also eligible to be called at one or more of the hundreds of hometown Musters that will take place around the world. (See the list of Musters currently registered for 2021.)

Related story: In a 1968 letter, a freshman described Silver Taps to his parents; weeks later, the bugles played for him. Today, every Fish Camp learns his story.

Silver Taps is hosted by Traditions Council, a student organization that works to preserve and promote the traditions of Texas A&M. Traditions Council partners with the Department of Student Assistance Services to facilitate and raise awareness of this time-honored tradition.

For more information about Silver Taps, visit studentlife.tamu.edu/sas.silvertaps or contact Student Assistance Services at (979) 845-3113.

Silver Taps is one of Texas A&M's greatest traditions. The Association of Former Students expresses our sincere appreciation to donors to The Association for helping support it financially. 



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