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Texas A&M To Honor 3 Students During Feb. 2 Silver Taps

In one of the university's oldest traditions, deceased Aggies are honored in a solemn ceremony.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications January 28, 2021

The Spirit Plaza Silver Taps marker.
The Spirit Plaza Silver Taps marker.

Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications


Texas A&M University’s Silver Taps, one of the school’s oldest traditions, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. to honor three students who recently passed away.

Students honored will be Ryan Harrison Boles, a freshman general studies major from Boerne who died Jan. 24; Jarrod Cooper Glenn, a senior electrical engineering major from Leander who died Dec. 11; and Brandon Reed Williams, a sophomore wildlife and fisheries science major from Mineral Wells who died Oct. 29.

Texas A&M’s Traditions Council has said that after switching to a virtual format for the fall, Silver Taps ceremonies can now be held in-person at the Academic Plaza.

Silver Taps will also be simulcast on KAMU-TV and online. Links and directions to the simulcast can be found on Texas A&M’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as Traditions Council’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The decision was made after a thorough review of COVID-19 data collected over the last two months by the Silver Taps Committee, which includes members of of Traditions Council, Student Assistance Services and the Department of Student Activities. University officials had previously decided to hold the event virtually due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Silver Taps attendees are expected to comply with appropriate health and safety guidelines, according to Traditions Council.

The event will be broadcast on Texas A&M’s YouTube channel. Follow Traditions Council social media for more information.

Individuals are encouraged to write a short letter or note to the families of the fallen. They can be submitted online.

Silver Taps is held the first Tuesday of each month September through 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 died during the year.

Media contact: Keith Randall,

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