Jason & Jessica

Our Story

Jason and Jessica met at Texas A&M and started dating sophomore year. J&J became "official" on April 13, 2008. Together they have grown in love and are excited for what the future holds.

Jason Schladt

Jason Schladt

Jason grew up in Atlanta, GA and was a Political Science major at Texas A&M. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, and became the Commander of A-Company his senior year.

Jason commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy on December 17th, 2010. He reported to the USS Oscar Austin in Norfolk, VA on March 1st, 2011.

Jessica Black

Jessica Black

Jessica considers herself from Springfield, VA and graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Psychology in May 2010. Jessica is a third generation Aggie, was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the Aggie Band, and B-Company.

Jessica is currently attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and working on a M.S.Ed in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health.

The Proposal

The Proposal

On May 14, 2010, after sitting through my very long graduation ceremony, I was excited to get out of my Midnights uniform. Jason had other ideas.

He and my parents convinced me to take pictures around campus to commemorate the day. While walking through campus I noticed a lot of people standing around the Century Tree. As we got closer, I recognized two of my close friends, standing at attention, about to perform a saber arch. As we got closer, I noticed all of Jason's buddies were part of the saber arch as well. I turned to Jason and asked "Who is getting engaged?" His response was "Who do you think?".

As we walked through the saber arch a campus tour group stopped to watch the ceremony and clapped once in was over. I love that those prospective students will go home believing that all the Aggie traditions are true.

The engagement came as a wonderful surprise. I was so happy that many of our close friends and family were present. Jason always told me I would never see it coming. He was right.

The Century Tree

Explaining an Aggie Tradition
The Century Tree

The Century Oak, located in the heart of campus near the Academic Building, is a place that holds a special place in the heart of many Aggies. Well more than 100 years of age, the tree, a live oak, was one of the first trees planted on Texas A&M's massive 5,200-acre campus.

Its long, massive branches and romantic appearance have provided an ideal venue for countless marriage proposals and weddings.

According to an old Aggie legend, if two lovers pass beneath the tree's large, vine-like branches, they are destined to be wed. Similarly, if a couple becomes engaged under the Century's picturesque leaves, the marriage will last forever.