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The Military College of South Carolina

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SC Corps of Cadets

South Carolina Corps of Cadets graduates

South Carolina Corps of Cadets Commencement 2016

For information on ordering invitations, ticket distribution, photographs, handicapped accessible seating and restrictions on items carried into McAlister Field House, please scroll to the bottom.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

9 a.m. STAR OF THE WEST FINALS

Place: Summerall Field

Inclement Weather: Deas Hall

Approx. Running Time: 45 minutes

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated in the bleachers 15 minutes prior to the competition.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 5

10 a.m. AWARDS CONVOCATION

Place: McAlister Field House

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated 15 minutes prior to the convocation.

Noon - THE CITADEL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION LIFE MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON AND CEREMONY (Select group only)

New Life Members in the Class of 2016 and their families will gather at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., two blocks from campus. Invitation only.

Place: Holliday Alumni Center

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Casual for invited guests; same uniform as for Baccalaureate with waistplate or sash (no hats) for cadets.

Special Information: Families that purchased a Life Membership in The Citadel Alumni Association for their sons or daughters will receive invitations for up to four people (including the cadet) to this event. A casual BBQ lunch will be held for invitees and the new life members. The cadets will be presented life member plaques by the CAA president at approximately 12:30 p.m.

2 p.m. BACCALAUREATE SERVICE AND CARILLON CONCERT

Place: Summerall Chapel

Speaker: Air Force Chief of Chaplains, Maj. Gen. Charles C. Baldwin, USAF (Ret.)

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Casual

Restrictions: No flash photography

6 p.m. - HONORS PROGRAM DINNER (Select group only)

Certificates will be presented to Honors Program graduating seniors.

Place: Regimental Commanders Riverview Room

Approx. Running Time: 2 hours

Special Information: This is a special dinner for Honors Program participants and their parents.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 6

8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. MILITARY COMMISSIONING CEREMONIES

  • 8-9:30 a.m. - Army
  • 10-11:30 a.m. - Air Force
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. – Navy/Marine

Place: Summerall Chapel

Approx. Running Time: As noted

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start.

Graduates and Participants: Commissionees, in service uniform, will be instructed where to assemble in advance.

Special Information: These ceremonies are for graduates being commissioned into the Armed Forces and their families. A "swearing-in" ceremony for all branches will take place Saturday morning during com­mencement exercises.

Restrictions: No flash photography permitted in the chapel.

1:45 p.m. ALUMNI PARENTS & ALUMNI GRANDPARENTS BRIEFING (Select group only)

This briefing is for alumni parents and grandparents presenting diplomas at the cadet commencement

Place: McAlister Field House

Approx. Running Time: 30 minutes

Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for gentlemen (be prepared for photos immediately following the briefing)

Suggested Arrival: Alumni parents/grandparents are asked to arrive no later than 1:35 p.m. in McAlister Field House.

Special Information: Alumni parents/grandparents who will be presenting diplomas to their sons or daughters will meet with the associate provost for academic affairs for special instructions. Information will include a walk-through of the pre­sentations on the stage and details on where to meet, park and when to arrive Saturday morning.

2:15 p.m. LEGACY PHOTOS (Select group only)

Immediately after the briefing for alumni parents/grandparents and their cadet graduates our photographer will take individual diploma presentation photos for the Alumni News magazine, family photos and the Legacy Photo of all alumni and graduates.

Place: McAlister Field House

Approx. Running Time: 45 minutes

Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for gentlemen; full dress with waistplate or sash (no hats) for cadets.

Special Information: Immediately following the briefing for alumni parents/grandparents, individual diploma presentation photos for the Alumni News magazine will begin. Family photos may also be taken at this time. Families are asked to wait in the fieldhouse lobby until the conclusion of the parents/grandparents briefing.

3:15 p.m. 2017 SUMMERALL GUARDS PERFORMANCE IN HONOR OF THE CLASS OF 2016

Place: Summerall Field

Inclement Weather: Cancelled

Approx. Running Time: 20 minutes

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated in the bleachers 15 minutes prior to the performance.

Special Information: The 2017 Summerall Guards will perform the traditional "Citadel Series" in honor of the graduating Class of 2016.

3:45 p.m. GRADUATION PARADE (LONG GRAY LINE)

Place: Summerall Field

Inclement Weather: Cancelled

Approx. Running Time: 45 minutes

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated in the bleachers 15 minutes prior to the parade.

Special Information: Members of the Class of 2016 will march in their final parade as cadets. As the class crosses Summerall Field to "take the review," the leadership of the Class of 2017 will take command of the Corps of Cadets.

4:30 p.m. GARDEN PARTY HOSTED BY LT. GEN. AND MRS. JOHN ROSA FOR THE CLASS OF 2016 AND THEIR GUESTS

Place: Quarters One

Inclement Weather: Cancelled

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: Lt. Gen. and Mrs. Rosa will welcome the graduating class and their guests at the president's house immediately after parade until 6:00 p.m.

Special Information: This is an opportunity for the graduating class and their guests to meet the President and First Lady. Light refreshments will be served in the garden.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 7 Citadel cadets celebrate graduation

9 a.m. CORPS OF CADETS COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

Place: McAlister Field House

Speaker: TBD

Inclement Weather: As scheduled

Approx. Running Time: Approx. 3 hours

Suggested Dress: Coat and tie

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated by 8:30 a.m. Doors will close at 8:50 a.m. for the processional. Doors will not reopen until after the national anthem and invocation.

Graduates and Participants: Graduates will gather in Deas Hall no later than 8 a.m. for lineup. Alumni parents/grandparents presenting diplomas to their sons or daughters will be lined up in the rear hallway of McAlister Field House.

Restrictions regarding photography: A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate during the diploma pre­sentation. Families are asked not to come forward to take family snapshots or video. Only authorized media photographers will be permitted on the field house floor during commencement. The vendor, GradImages will contact graduates and their families following commencement with more information on ordering photographs. Following commencement you may order photos online at www.gradimages.com or by calling 1-800-261-2576. Questions may be emailed after May 9 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is protected from spambots and JavaScript is required to enable viewing.

What to Expect: The ceremony will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with the processional of the graduating class, the faculty and the platform party. After the invocation, national anthem and introductions of the special guests, Lt. Gen. Rosa will deliver remarks, honors, awards and honorary degrees will be presented. The guest speaker will then deliver the address to the Class of 2016. Lt. Gen. Rosa will admin­ister the oath to those entering the Armed Forces. The presentation of candidates and conferring of degrees will precede the actual presentation of diplomas. At the conclusion, the president of The Citadel Alumni Association will have graduates rise and turn their rings so that the numerals face out. The ceremony will conclude with the singing of the alma mater, closing remarks by Lt. Gen. Rosa and the "tossing of hats." Please note that the diploma process has changed this year. Cadets and students will be given a tube representing their diploma when they walk across the stage. Following commencement, cadets and students will be asked to report to Deas Hall to pick up their diploma. 

 

*NEW* Guest overflow live-stream broadcast location on campus

For family members and friends who do not have a ticket to attend the ceremony inside McAlister, The Citadel will be broadcasting a live stream of the entire commencement event in Grimsley Hall Auditorium. The auditorium is very close to the field house and can be located on the college's virtual map, at position number 15. Tickets are not required to watch the ceremony in Grimsley Hall Auditorium, which is located on the first floor of that building.

TICKETS (required for all guests in McAlister Field House)

General admission tickets are required for the Corps of Cadets commencement on Saturday morning.

  • Each graduating cadet will receive eight tickets, distributed directly to the cadet through the Office of Cadet Activies between April 11 - 25. Seating the day of the event is in the bleachers and is first come, first served.
  • The doors to McAlister Field House will open at 7 a.m.
  • Candidates who need additional tickets must contact Ms. Ruthie Ward in Cadet Activities. Only the graduation candidate can request additional tickets.
  • December graduates and fifth-year candidates living off-campus must contact Mrs. Ward for tickets at 953-5111.

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE SEATING

For information on how to reserve handicapped accessible seating, please telephone The Citadel Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 843-953-6877.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY RESTRICTIONS

No boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, noise makers, umbrellas, beverage containers of any sort, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items will be allowed in the field house. Food and drink are prohibited. Cameras and video cameras are permitted; however, guests will not be permitted on the floor of the field house during commencement exercises.

ORDERING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INVITATIONS

Invitations should be ordered directly through Balfour Graduation Announcements online. Please note that an announcement or invitation cannot be used for admision into the SCCC ceremony.

ORDERING PHOTOGRAPHS

A professional photographer has been contracted by the college to take pictures of each individual during Friday's military commissioning ceremonies and each individual receiving a diploma at commencement. Families are asked not to attempt to come down to the field house floor during graduation.

The company GradImages wil contact graduates and their families following the ceremonies. Questions may be emailed after May 9 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Following commencement, photographs can be ordered online at www.gradimages.com or by calling 1-800-261-2576.

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