Silver Taps Begins Tarleton Founder’s Week


STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University will observe Silver Taps at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, to honor members of the university family — alumni, faculty, staff and friends — who passed away during the previous year.

Part of Tarleton Founder’s Week, this year’s ceremony takes place at Alumni Island in the heart of the Stephenville campus. The public is invited.

Founder’s Week activities include Grassburr Fest, a preview of the new aquatics center, Oscar P’s Birthday Bash, May Fete and a daylong tailgate party celebrating the Texans’ Purple and White spring football game.

Silver Taps will feature remarks from Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley followed by laying the wreath, reading the Honor Roll, lighting the candles and a procession to recognize deceased members of the Tarleton family.

The Prayer of Remembrance will be followed by recitation of the 1902 Lily Pearl Chamberlin composition “Founder’s Song.”

The Texan Corps of Cadets will then escort the flame to the military memorial in Heritage Park as the Texan Troubadours perform the “Tarleton Color Song.” A moment of silence will be observed for all to respect the evening’s honorees.

Near the military memorial a cadet standing adjacent to the symbolic Tarleton flame will give a salute, followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” as a tribute to Tarleton military veterans.

The ceremony concludes with all candles and flames being extinguished.

Tarleton students begin their academic program with the Freshman Convocation and Candle Lighting Ceremony when they receive their Tarleton flame. The flame is extinguished at Silver Taps to acknowledge their journey’s completion.

To watch the Silver Taps ceremony online, visit

Founder’s Week schedule:

Tuesday, April 19

7 p.m. — Silver Taps Ceremony at Heritage Park

Wednesday, April 20

4 p.m. — Grassburr Fest at Heritage Park

Thursday, April 21

Noon — Oscar P’s Birthday Bash at Thompson Student Center

5 p.m. — Campus Rec Aquatics Center preview and concert

Friday, April 22

6 p.m. — May Fete at Heritage Park

Saturday, April 23

9 a.m. — Purple and White game tailgate party at Texan Alley

6 p.m. — Purple and White spring football game at Memorial Stadium

For more information on Founder’s Week activities, visit

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