Campus Life

Silver Taps To Be Held Feb. 6 To Honor Deceased Texas A&M Student

February 1, 2018


By Keith Randall, Texas A&M Marketing and Communications

Editor’s note: Due to inclement weather, Traditions Council’s leadership has decided to postpone tonight’s Silver Taps ceremony honoring Marc Elizondo until March 6, 2018. 

Silver Taps will be held at Texas A&M University Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 p.m. to honor the memory of an Aggie who died recently.

Being honored will be Marc Portell Elizondo, a freshman engineering major from San Antonio who died Jan. 11.

Held on the first Tuesday of each month from September to April, if necessary, Silver Taps is considered one of the oldest and finest traditions of the Texas A&M student body. Silver Taps was held in 1898 upon the death of the university’s president, Lawrence Sullivan Ross, and it has changed little from that time.

On the day of the ceremony, all campus flags are flown at half-staff and a list of the names of those to be remembered is posted at the base of the flagpole in the Academic Plaza. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to write a short letter or note to the families of those being honored and place the notes in boxes located at the Academic Plaza and West Campus Library, as well as the tables on the Quad and in front of the Koldus Building.

The family of each student to be honored is notified of the ceremony and sent a floral arrangement by university officials.

In honor of these students, the campus will be darkened at 10:20 p.m. In the darkness, students, family and friends will silently gather in the plaza in front of the Academic Building. At 10:30 p.m., an honor guard from the Ross Volunteer Company will march across campus from the Corps of Cadets area to the plaza, where its members will fire three rifle volleys to honor the memory of these students.

Buglers from the Aggie Band, unseen in the darkness, will play a special arrangement of “Taps.” The tolling of the Albritton Tower bells will signal the end of the ceremony.

Free parking in the University Center Garage will be available between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

In the case of severe weather, Silver Taps will be held in an alternate location.

For additional assistance, contact Student Assistance Services at (979) 845-3113.


Media contact: Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications, 979-845-4680,

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