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Citadel News Service
12 Oct 2007

Seniors receive their coveted rings

Nearly 400 Citadel seniors now wear the ring.

Members of the Class of 2008 today received their Citadel rings before a packed crowd in McAlister Field. This year was the first year class rings were presented in the field house, which is larger than Summerall Chapel and allows more people to take part in the annual Parents’ Weekend event.

The ring presentation is the kick off to a weekend filled with activities and events for parents and families. Parents’ Weekend continues through Sunday. Additional highlights include academic department and barracks open houses and a military dress parade in honor of all parents. Also, members of the Class of 2011 will be promoted to cadet privates, signifying the end of their military training period.

The Citadel ring marks a milestone in a cadet’s journey toward graduation. Cadets must be proficient in all areas – academic, military duty and discipline – to receive a ring.

“Wearing a Citadel ring is an obligation that you accept…an obligation that implies you will abide by the core values of The Citadel,” said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel. “Academics, duty, honor, discipline, morality and diversity are the core values that shape our institution. These core values, along with our vision of ‘Excellence in the Education of Principled Leaders,’ speak to the highest and best ideals of character.

"By wearing a Citadel ring, you are accepting a commitment to conduct yourselves in a manner that will make your classmates and the generations of others who wear the ring proud.”

Also during Friday’s ring presentation, the families of five deceased cadets who were members of the Class of 2008 were presented with their sons’ rings. The rings were paid for by classmates and The Citadel Alumni Association.

Receiving rings were the families of Brett Mitchell Warren, Clarke Gilbert Russell and Blake Alexander Campbell, all of Simpsonville, Leith Paul Trask of Beaufort and Payson Dana of Florence. Warren, Russell and Campbell died in a car accident in September 2005. Trask died two months later in November 2005 also in a car accident. Dana died in March 2007 in a fall at his home.

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