Celebrating Citadel Diversity Milestones
The Citadel is celebrating two pivotal milestones in the college’s history. In 1966, fifty years ago, a man named Charles D. Foster became the first African American cadet in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. In 1996, history was once again made when four women followed in Foster’s footsteps, this time breaking down gender barriers. Three years later Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel followed by Petra Lovetinska in 2000. In large part, because of the courage and tenacity of these pioneers and those who followed the path they paved, the college’s culture evolved to become one where diversity is embraced and strategically supported.
This section of the website is dedicated to commemorating the 50th and 20th anniversaries. It is an open-ended project demonstrating the progress the college has made over time, and will support continuing programs. Meet some alumni, look at photo galleries that include historic and modern pictures, explore an interactive digital timeline, or keep up with special events as the celebration of diversity at The Citadel through the evolution of African American and female cadets, students, faculty and staff continues.