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Texas A&M To Honor Five Aggies During Silver Taps Sept. 7

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 September 3, 2021

Texas A&M University’s Silver Taps, one of the school’s oldest traditions, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 p.m. to honor five Aggies who recently passed away.

Students honored will be:

  • Josh Cameron Bauerle, senior agricultural economics major from Dripping Springs, who died May 27
  • Jacob Towns Hardin, a senior electronic systems engineering technology major from Horseshoe Bay, who died Aug. 6
  • David James McLeod, a sophomore history major from McKinney who died July 31
  • Samantha Lee Melanson, a sophomore animal science major from Foothill Ranch, Calif., who died July 3
  • Rocky Setiawan, a graduate student in agricultural economics from Indonesia who died April 19

The Silver Taps ceremony will be held in person at the Academic Plaza. Attendees are expected to comply with appropriate health and safety guidelines, and should follow Texas A&M’s COVID-19 guidance policies.

For those who cannot attend in person, the Division of Student Affairs will broadcast a special premiere of Silver Taps on its YouTube channel at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. Visit for the virtual Silver Taps experience.

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.

The solemn ceremony was held for the first time in 1898.

Media contact: Keith Randall,

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