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Silver Taps To Honor Deceased Graduate Student On March 1

In one of the university's oldest traditions, Jason Robert Gentry, a Texas A&M student who recently passed away, will be honored in a solemn ceremony.
By Sondra White, Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs February 28, 2022

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Texas A&M University’s Silver Taps ceremony will be held March 1 at 10:30 p.m. to honor Jason Robert Gentry ’23, a graduate student from Tennessee studying geography and geographic information science, who passed away Jan. 19.

Silver Taps will be held in person at the Academic Plaza. To honor Gentry, the campus will be darkened at 10:20 p.m. Students, family, friends and community members are invited to gather in the plaza in front of the Academic Building in silence. At 10:30 p.m., an honor guard from the Ross Volunteer Company will march to the plaza where its members will fire three rifle volleys to honor the memory of Gentry.

Those who are unable to attend in person are invited to watch the event via a Silver Taps YouTube Premiere hosted by the Division of Student Affairs. The premiere is broadcast simultaneous to the live event. A YouTube Premiere is a prerecorded video with a set air time that is played live with a live chat.

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.

Learn more about Silver Taps, which was first held in 1898.

Media contact: Sondra White, 979-458-3296,

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