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Silver Taps To Honor Two Aggies On March 5

In one of Texas A&M University’s oldest traditions, recently deceased Aggies will be honored in a solemn ceremony.
By Olivia Garza, Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs February 27, 2024

the Silver Taps memorial
The Silver Taps memorial

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Texas A&M University  Silver Taps  will be held Tuesday, March 5 at 10:30 p.m. to honor the following students:  

Stephen Oluwafemi Oderinde, a graduate student in microbiology from Spring, Texas.
Joel J. Vazquez, a senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major from Austin. 

The Silver Taps ceremony will be held at the Academic Plaza. To honor their memory, the campus will be darkened at 10:20 p.m. Students, family and friends will 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 slowly to the plaza where its members will fire three rifle volleys.  

Those who wish to send condolences to the families may submit a letter online at, send an email to, or drop a letter in one of four memorial boxes located in Academic Plaza, the Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall, on the Quad or in front of the West Campus Dining Facility.  

 To help maintain the tranquility of the event, those living on campus should cover windows, keep noise to a minimum and walk to and from the ceremony without talking.  

 Silver Taps is held on 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: Angela Winkler,

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