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When the Whistle Blows



Welcome family, friends, and guests to When the Whistle Blows, a remembrance ceremony. Grounded in many of Georgia Tech's richest traditions, this annual ceremony honors and celebrates the memory of those who have gone before us over the past year.

Event Information

Due to inclement weather, the event will take place in the Student Center Theater.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Rain Location: Student Center Theater

Please direct questions to Stephanie Sigler at 404.385.1696.


The Georgia Tech community is always deeply saddened when it loses one of its members. In 2001, a group of concerned students, faculty, and staff realized the community did not have a way in which to collectively honor those whom we had lost. Thus, a campuswide remembrance ceremony was created to honor the memory of those enrolled students and employees of the Institute who had died during the previous year. The event, titled When the Whistle Blows, is our way of honoring those who meant a great deal to the campus community.

Held near the conclusion of spring semester in the shadow of the Tech Tower, the simple ceremony combines Tech’s richest and oldest traditions to create a solemn tribute. Out of respect for the deceased and their families, members of our campus community are asked to refrain from scheduling events during the service. The names of the honorees are published in the student newspaper (Technique) and the faculty/staff newspaper (The Whistle) prior to the event.

Families of the deceased are led to the site by a bagpiper, drummer, and the Ramblin’ Wreck, a 1930 Model A Ford that serves as an official emblem of the Institute. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps ROTC units escort each family throughout the service. A unity candle is lit to represent the entire Georgia Tech community—more than 25,000 students, staff, and faculty—and each family representative is invited to light a candle on behalf of their loved one.

Each year, a respected member of the Georgia Tech community is selected to read each honoree’s name aloud, while the family’s candle lighter and ROTC escort walk to the stage to receive the official gift from the Institute on the family’s behalf. Before the campus Whistle breaks the evening silence, the alma mater is played to remind those present of our time at Tech and to relay the hope that we will always be united as a community.



Saamer Akhshabi
Ph.D. Student
College of Computing
John Carrigan
Undergraduate Student
College of Engineering
Adrienne Harrington
Principal Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Yolanda Harvey
Siddartha Kahali
Undergraduate Student
College of Computing
Stanley Lindsey
Academic Professional
Georgia Tech Professional Education
Mary Mack
Graduate Student
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Daniel Mitchell
Undergraduate Student
Scheller College of Business
Edward Rowe
Graduate Student
Scheller College of Business
Sandra Slaughter
Scheller College of Business
Michael Stilman
Assistant Professor
College of Computing
Robert Thompson
Building Services Inspector
Marion Turner
Toby Turner
K9 Officer
Georgia Tech Police Department
Martin Wahl
Maintenance Worker
Peter Wallace
Senior Research Associate
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Bryan Ward
Undergraduate Student
College of Engineering


Candle Lighters

Candle lighters are members of the Georgia Tech community who have been identified by the family of the deceased as an important person to the honoree during his or her time at Georgia Tech. The candle lighter processes in with the family members and lights a candle in remembrance of the honoree. Upon returning to his or her seat, the candle lighter delivers a gift to the family in appreciation of the honoree's service to the Institute. Candle lighters should arrive at the Student Center by 4:15 p.m. 

Family Members

Prior to the ceremony, family members of the deceased are encouraged to attend a reception honoring their loved one at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Throughout the event, a ROTC cadet and selected candle lighter will accompany each family. All family members who wish to attend should RSVP by Friday, March 20, 2015.

Ceremony Participants

All ceremony participants, with the exception of the family, candle lighters, and dignitaries, should meet at 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center to review their assignments and the protocol for the event.

Campus Community

When the Whistle Blows will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 5:15 p.m. All of campus is invited to attend. We hope to see you there.



  • The Ramblin' Wreck
  • Posting of the Colors
  • The Processional
  • Welcome
  • Reflections
  • Remarks
  • Reading of the Names
  • Lighting of the Candles/Presentation of Gifts to the Families
  • Alma Mater
  • The Whistle Blows




Guests are encouraged to park in the Area 2 lot off of Ferst Drive. From there, guests will enter the Student Center on the second floor and check-in at our reception desk. Guests not participating in the ceremony can take the stairs or elevator to the first floor. The Theater will be on your right under the staircase.


Traveling on MARTA

From the airport, take the Doraville or North Springs train to the North Avenue station, which is an approximate thirty-minute ride. Walk three blocks west on North Avenue to campus or transfer to a bus on route #13 to Georgia Tech. One-way MARTA fare is $3.50.

Going South on I-75/I-85

Take Exit 249D (North Avenue). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right. Cross Techwood Drive and continue on North Avenue. The Area 1 lot is located on the left immediately after the Alumni House and parking deck.

Going North on I-75/I-85

Take Exit 249D (Spring St./West Peachtree). At the end of the exit ramp, proceed through the first intersection. At the next intersection (West Peachtree Street), turn left. Continue on West Peachtree for one block and turn left on North Avenue. Cross over the interstate and Techwood Drive. The Area 1 lot is located on the left immediately after the Alumni House and parking deck.

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Blow on, stern Monarch of Tech's mighty crew,
Be always firm and staid:
To your compelling call we'll e're be true
Til each his part has played.

Taken from "A Tribute to the Whistle" as printed in the 1914 Blueprint Signed, A.D.A.