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Citadel News Service
8 May 2014

Class of 2014: The Citadel as family tradition

Legacy cadets' and students’ diplomas presented by their alumni parent or grandfathers

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dozens of The Citadel’s Class of 2014 graduates share a legacy with many of their predecessors dating back to the late 1800’s. For these graduates, attending The Citadel is a family tradition. As they walk to accept their diplomas, their parents and grandparents who are alumni of the college or graduate college will be on stage to hand them their diplomas.

A tradition at The Citadel since 1962 (adopted later by The Citadel Graduate College), parent and grandparent alumni can present diplomas to their children and grandchildren at commencement. This year there are 52 legacy graduates in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The Citadel Graduate College has seven legacy students.

The custom makes graduation especially poignant for legacy cadets, students, and their families. What does the tradition mean to some of them?

Presenting Matthew's diploma goes beyond academic achievement and fulfilling graduation requirements. It truly represents the totality of The Citadel experience of hard work, sacrifice, and commitment. I am extremely proud to share in this occasion to showcase Matthew's readiness to enter life's next phase. James Arend, Class of ’84, Father of Legacy Cadet Matthew Arend

It represents the bond that connects the old and the new. It is an awesome experience to be receiving my diploma from my stepfather; it means a lot. I am the second line in this legacy and hope that it continues. Legacy Cadet Cpt. Taylor S. Hart, Class of 2014, 1st Bt. Operations Officer, Concrete Canoe Captain, STAYE coordinator

I look forward to presenting Nancy with her second Master’s degree from The Citadel. It takes a lot of commitment to go back to school and this tradition will celebrate all of her hard work. Cassandra Watkins Bradham, CGC Class of 1976, Mother of Nancy Bright, CGC Class of 2005 (Biology); CGC Class of 2014 (Project Management)

 

Cadet

Alumni

Class

Relationship

Michael Alender Adams

Mr. Michael Alender Adams

1980

Father

-

Mr. Joseph Eulie Adams Jr.

1955

Grandfather

-

Mr. Joseph Eulie Adams Sr.

1922

Great Grandfather *

Taylor Regan Addison

Col Glenn Addison, USAFR, Ret.

1979

Father

-

Dr. Gene Calvin Addison

1950

Grandfather*

Matthew Rutledge Arend

Mr. James David Arend

1984

Father

Stephen Keith Balentine Jr.

Mr. Stephen Keith Balentine

1979

Father

Garrett Alexander Blais

Mr. David Anderson Kay, Sr.

1986

Stepfather

Alexander Breard Blanke

Col Harry Herman Blanke III, USAF, Ret.

1983

Father

William Augustine Burn IV

Dr. William Augustine Burn III

1973

Father

George Earle Campsen IV

Moses Tucker Lafitte, Jr., MD

1950

Grandfather

-

Mr. George Earle Campsen Jr

1951

Grandfather *

Richard Christian Capps

Dr. Richard Clyde Capps III

1983

Father

-

Mr. Richard Clyde Capps Jr

1955

Grandfather

Creighton Buchanan Coleman Jr

Sen. Creighton Buchanan Coleman

1979

Father

George Franklin Coleman IV

Mr. George Franklin Coleman III

1973

Father

William Stanford Coln

MajGen Barry K. Coln, USAF, Ret.

1974

Father

John David Crawford Jr

Mr. David Crawford

1983

Father

James Maxwell Culp

Mr. David Michael Culp

1984

Father

Christopher Douglas Elznic

CAPT Douglas Frank Elznic, USN, Ret.

1973

Father

Taylor Shelby Hart

Mr. Joe Everette Fanning Jr.

1980

Father

Alexander Mills Hayes

Mr. William Alexander Hayes

1985

Father

Thomas Joseph Hindman

Mr. Thomas Cato Hindman

1985

Father

-

COL Thomas Banks Hindman Jr, USA, Ret.

1956

Grandfather

Adam Orion Huskins

Mr. John Grover Huskins Jr

1984

Father

William Shafter Jackson IV

Mr. William Shafter Jackson III

1985

Father

Gerald Joseph Johnson

Dr. Ahmed Sean Alford

1992

Father

James Henry Johnson IV

Mr. James Henry Johnson III

1980

Father

Edwin Hunter Jordan

Mr. Thomas Myers Jordan

1983

Father

-

Mr. James Edwin Hunter

1957

Grandfather

-

Mr. Arthur Buist Jordan III

1956

Grandfather

Lawrence Cooper Jordan

Mr. Lawrence Cooper Jordan

1986

Father

-

Mr. Arthur Buist Jordan III

1956

Grandfather

-

Mr. James Edwin Hunter

1957

Grandfather

Philip Alton Jordan

LTG Donald Edward Rosenblum, USA, Ret.

1951

Grandfather

Thomas Lawrence Kennedy

Mr. Lawrence Singletary Kennedy Jr

1985

Father

Khalil Paul Khoury

Mr. Joseph Thomas Isaac Jr

1969

Father’s Cousin

-

Mr. Paul Thomas Khoury

1979

Father*

Alexandra Joan LaRiviere

MajGen James Michael LaRiviere, USMCR

1979

Father

Harvey Craig May IV

Mr. Harvey Craig May III

1979

Father

Christopher Adams Mims

Mr. Thomas Adam Mims

1991

Father

Townes Walker Moore

Mr. Edward Noble Moore

1986

Father

William Few Moredock

Mr. Rupert Early Moredock

1975

Father

Jonathan Brooks Newlon

Mr. Jon Eric Newlon

1982

Father

Matthew Tyler Pace

Mr. Randy Keith Pace

1985

Father

John Taylor Palmer Jr

CAPT John Taylor Palmer, USN

1988

Father

William Nash Parker

Mr. William Fielden Parker

1974

Father

Michael Raymond Paul

Mr. Richard Josiah Paul

1969

Father

Blaise Masood Rashtchian

Mr. Mansour Rashtchian

1979

Father

Ian Michael Rumsey

Mr. Kevin Ray Rumsey

1979

Father

Ralph Gerald Rye III

Mr. Ralph Gerald Rye Jr

1983

Father

Preston Harris Sanders

Mr. John Albert Sanders

1985

Father

-

Mr. Don E. Sanders

1957

Grandfather*

Jonathan Michael Scholz

Mr. John Michael Scholz

1987

Father

Dalton Tyler Simeone

Mr. Joseph Fredrick Simeone

1963

Grandfather

Hugh Floyd Smith

Mr. Floyd Henry Smith

1989

Father

Grady Richard Snowden

Dr. John Douglas Snowden

1976

Father

John Elliott Sperr

Mr. John Peter Sperr

1981

Father

Thomas Grayson Sturgeon

Mr. T. Kevin Sturgeon

1988

Father

Samuel Hal Stutt II

Mr. Samuel Hal Stutt

1982

Father

Christian Scott Thompson

Mr. Thomas Scott Thompson

1985

Father

Benjamin Wolfe Tillman

Mr. Robert Wesley Tillman

1978

Father

William Scott Utsey

Mr. Robert Lee Utsey Jr

1970

Father

Allen Tripier Wilson

Mr. William Lamar Wilson Jr

1979

Father

*In memory of

 

Student

Alumni

Class

Degree

Relationship

John Charles Long Darby Jr

Mr. John Charles Darby

1985 SCCC

MBA

Father

-

Dr. Charles P. Darby Jr

1955 SCCC

-

Grandfather

Sharina Anna Kindel

Dr. Thomas Kindel

Professor Emeritus

MBA

Father

Brittany Dilgren Nicholson

MajGen Lawrence DeGaris Nicholson, USMC

1979 SCCC

MASS

Father-in-Law

Nancy Bradham Bright

Mrs. Cassandra Watkins Bradham

1976 CGC

MSPM

Mother

Wesley Samuel Holcombe

Mr. Stuart Holcombe

1975 SCCC

MSPM

Father

Justin Robinette

Mrs. Ruth Lusk

1976 CGC

MSPM

Grandmother

Michael Keith Weatherford

Mr. Gerald Edward Hood Sr

1955 SCCC

BSBA

Grandfather