News | Purdue News

Golden Taps ceremony to honor 12 Purdue students April 19

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- Purdue University’s Golden Taps ceremony on Tuesday (April 19) will honor 12 students who died during the past academic year.

Golden Taps, one of the university’s most solemn traditions, invites families and friends of the students, along with the general public, to gather at 9 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union Great Hall. The group will then move to the Unfinished Block P in Academy Park outside Stewart Center for a brief outdoor ceremony. Dean of Students Danita Brown will greet those in attendance.

The students who will be remembered are: Anthony E. Cole, a senior in the College of Technology from Fort Wayne, Ind.; Ethan P. Donohue, a junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences from Earl Park, Ind.; Justin B. Evarian, a sophomore in the College of Technology Statewide program at Kokomo, from Fishers, Ind.; William T. Fuller, a graduate student in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts from Valparaiso, Ind.; Lawrence J. Hurt, a graduate student in the College of Education from Indianapolis; Truc V. Huynh, a freshman in the College of Technology from Lafayette, Ind.; Ryan M. Lockwood, a freshman in the College of Technology from Lafayette, Ind.; Julissa M. Murphy, a sophomore in the College of Education from Elkart, Ind.; Nicholas V. Ozolins, a freshman in the College of Engineering from Arcadia, Ind.; Matthew C. Stewart, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Greenfield, Ind.; Paul R. Wagner, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Irvine, Calif.; and Adam Joseph Wilhelm, a senior in the Krannert School of Management from St. Leon, Ind.

Purdue University Bands will perform at the ceremony site, where memorial cards will list the names of the students being remembered. The Gimlet Leadership Honorary will ring a bell once for each student being honored, and Purdue Student Union Board members will light candles. There will be a few moments of silence for personal reflection.

Following the playing of taps, the Purduettes will perform the “Purdue Hymn.” The Boilermaker Special, the university’s official mascot, will stand nearby in silent tribute.

After the ceremony, a reception will take place in Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118. During the reception, President France A. Córdova will present to the families a personalized certificate and a replica of the Unfinished Block B, provided by Iron Key.

Golden Taps, a collaboration of the Office of the Dean of Students, University Residences and the Purdue Student Union Board, has been a tradition on campus since 1994. It was previously held in the courtyard at Cary Quadrangle and on the steps of Hovde Hall. This is the third year the event will be held at the Unfinished Block P sculpture.

On Wednesday (April 20), a memorial service also will be held to remember Purdue staff members who died during the past year. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. on the steps of Hovde Hall.

In Related News:

Leave a Reply

Greater Lafayette Community Calendar

 November 2017
SMTWTFS
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293012