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Welcome to The Citadel Family Association

President and Commandant's Parent Presentation >>

From Matriculation Day forward, you are automatically a member of this support network that is only a mouse click, phone call or email away. Your son or daughter journeys down the road less traveled, the CFA is here to support you through a readily available network. Representatives at each level are parents of current upper-class cadets. This site and the CFA Facebook page are kept up to date with information provided directly from the school, making them great first-hand sources of information with just a click of a mouse.

Since its inception in 1993, The Citadel Family Association (CFA) has been dedicated to three main goals:

  • To provide information to, and support for, the families of current cadets
  • To provide families with a forum for discussion of common interests
  • To support college initiatives.

From The Citadel Newsroom

The Citadel is celebrating its 175th anniversary. To learn more about the history of The Citadel and upcoming events, visit the 175th Anniversary page.

A Message from the Citadel Board of Visitors

The Citadel Board of Visitors has announced finalists in the presidential search. Four highly decorated military leaders have been named finalists in The Citadel’s search for its 20th president. The Citadel Board of Visitors released the names of the three- and four-star generals as a prelude to interviews with the candidates in late March and early April. A presidential search committee led by businessman and retired U.S. Army Gen. William W. Hartzog, chairman and chief executive officer of Burdeshaw Associates, selected the finalists from a field of military and civilian senior leaders.

"This is an exceptional field of finalists," said Board of Visitors Chairman Fred L. Price, Jr. “All of these officers distinguished themselves as military leaders during their long service in our nation’s armed forces and demonstrated impeccable integrity and strategic acumen. The search committee has been working toward this day since September, and it has been a privilege to serve with them to bring the search to this exciting milestone.”

The Citadel Board appointed the search committee shortly after Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa announced that he would be stepping down as president. Rosa plans to retire June 30, 2018.

The four finalists in alphabetical order are:

General Dan Allyn, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Dan Allyn retired in 2017 after serving 36 years as a soldier. As vice chief, he served as principal deputy to the Chief of Staff of the Army, overseeing resourcing decisions with an annual budget of $150 billion. Over the course of his career, Gen. Allyn commanded U.S. Army Forces Command, the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 1st Cavalry Division, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd ID, and served staff assignments and deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and other locations. The general graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981.

General Robert B. Brown, U.S. Army
Gen. Robert Brown is Commander of U.S. Army Pacific, the Army’s largest service component command. The command’s 106,000 active and reserve soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees support the nation’s strategic objectives in the Pacific region. The general commanded the I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, served as deputy commander of the 25th Infantry Division and commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Stryker) 25th ID, and deployed to Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Haiti. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981.

Lieutenant General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter served as Commanding General, Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff Installation Management until his retirement in 2014. He is currently president and CEO of the Ferriter Group. At Installation Management Command, the general led a worldwide enterprise at 75 Army installations, spanning 17 time zones with a $12 billion a year budget and 75,000-person workforce. He also served as commander of the NATO Training Mission Iraq, the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and the U.S. Army Infantry Center. He graduated from The Citadel in 1979.

General Glenn M. Walters, U.S. Marine Corps
Gen. Glenn Walters serves as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. Among his duties, he represents the Marine Corps as the Defense Department and the military services make decisions about defense policy, resourcing and alignment with National Defense Strategy. His nearly 39-year career includes service as the Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources; as the Commanding General of 2d Marine Aircraft Wing; in command of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan; and as the Deputy Director of the Joint Staff J-8. The general is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel.

Each of the candidates will come to campus for interviews with the Board of Visitors in late March or early April. Each will give a presentation to The Citadel community and meet with faculty, staff and the leadership team of the college.

Corps Day Weekend and Recognition Day - March 23 and 24

Corps Day is the birthday celebration of the founding of The Citadel’s South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The State Legislature passed an act on December 20, 1842, establishing The Citadel, but it wasn’t until March 20, 1843 that the first cadets reported to The Citadel which at that time was located downtown on Marion Square. This year’s Corps Day will be our 175th!

A Message from the Commandant

To assure a safe and efficient eating environment, The Citadel will adjust operations at Coward Hall to reduce the number of cadets in the building at any given time, providing more space for access and egress. The changes will go into effect March 18 when cadets return from Spring Break. These changes are an initial step in a phased approach to assure compliance with fire codes and provide nutritious meals in an efficient format. The adjustments will be evaluated at the end of the academic year.

For the remainder of the academic year, all meals will be served in shifts using a speed-line format. During these meals, knobs will be seated in specified areas and continue to maintain Fourth-Class mess discipline. Accountability formations, including morning muster, lunch, Leadership Training Period, drill, and parade will continue to be mandatory.

In subsequent months, construction on campus to update aging buildings and infrastructure is expected to drive interim class, formation and meal schedule changes. One known effect for next academic year is that the college will add a midday class period each weekday to maximize classroom space utilization, which will mitigate the effects of classes displaced by construction. We are reviewing options to manage meal and class schedules and construction impacts.

For the long term, the college is currently preparing a strategic plan which will update the college’s community master plan and review the manner in which meals are presented to the Corps of Cadets, with intent to increase food quality, efficiency and esprit de corps.

Q-Why is it necessary to do this now?

A-During peak hours the mess hall is overcrowded and the environment is not consistent with National Fire Protection and International Building Code standards, so these measures are being taken to increase compliance with standards and reduce potential risk from fire or other events.

Q-Will knobs still eat with upperclassmen, including mess carvers?

A-No. Mess carvers were in place first semester, but for second semester knobs eat meals in a specified area; specifically, the 1st Battalion end of the Mess Hall.

Q-Is there any benefit to doing this?

A-Yes, serving family style meals result in approximately 1,500 pounds of food waste per day. Using the speed line format for all meals is expected to reduce food waste considerably, and present the opportunity to offer new healthy meal options.

Q-Are we the only college eliminating family style meals?

A-No, VMI evolved to cafeteria style meals many years ago.

Q-Will knobs still have to do sweep detail?

A-Yes, sweep detail will be 6:30 a.m. until 6:40 a.m. each day.

Q-I heard next year there won’t even be a lunch formation. Is that true?

A-No final decisions have been made about formation changes for next year; however, construction on campus is expected to drive class schedule changes. When Capers Hall is demolished to enable construction of a new building, classes conducted there will have to occur elsewhere, resulting in second order effects. One effect is that the college will add a midday class period each day. We are reviewing options to manage the temporary impacts from construction.

The Long Gray Line Graduation Parade and Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018 information has been posted. For official information and answers to your questions about announcements, schedules, diploma frames, tickets, accessibility, photography, contact information and much more, visit Commencement 2018.

Cadet Photography

Cadets have been granted electronic access to their ePortraits, including yearbook pictures, leadership photos, company class photos and ring photos.

Instructions to access photos:

  1. Log into Lesesne Gateway (           
  2. Click on the Campus Life tab•            
  3. Navigate to the Photography and PR box•            
  4. Click on Cadet Portraits, Class Photos, Ring Photos

What you’ll find online:

  • Yearbook Portraits and Company Class Photos (if cadets had pictures taken).
  • Senior cadets, if they participated in the Ring Ceremony, will receive Ring Portraits, and the senior class picture
  • Along with portraits, cadets will be granted a Photo Copyright Release which will allow them to legally print as many copies in whatever format they want.


What if my cadet failed to have his or her photo taken? Cadets had the opportunity to have photos taken during makeup days.  These pictures, however, will not appear in the yearbook.

What’s the best finish to use for photos? A matte finish will give the photo a professional quality finish.

Have the photos been touched up? No.  Photo re-touching services, however, are available at most professional printers. A Google search will help you find local and online services.

How long will photos be available? As long as the cadet is currently enrolled at The Citadel.

CFA Volunteers


Check out those cool people in the blue shirts. That's us! The CFA Blue Shirt Army. We assisted nearly 800 cadets and their families on Matriculation Day.



Key Dates and Events 2017-18:

  • 06 August - Cadre Reports (should confirm with their leadership)
  • 12 August – Class of 2021 Reports (Matriculation Day)
  • 20 August - Upperclassmen Report
  • 23 August - Fall Classes Start
  • 06 October - Ring Presentation and Ring Ceremony events
  • 07 October - Parents Day
  • 27-29 October - Homecoming Weekend
  • 17 November - Fall Break begins after the last class
  • 26 November - Fall Break ends - SCCC return to campus
  • 1-3 December - Christmas Candlelight Service
  • 13 December - Winter Furlough begins
  • 7 January - Winter Furlough ends - SCCC return to campus
  • 9 March - Spring Break begins after the last class
  • 18 March - Spring Break ends - SCCC return to campus
  • 22-25 March - Corps Day Weekend (Recognition Day)
  • 4 May - The Long Gray Line Graduation Parade
  • 5 May - Commencement (Summer Furlough begins)

Master Calendar

Training Calendars

Full Parade Calendar

Visiting Campus? Map and Virtual Tour
Look for visitor parking designated as V on the map.

The Citadel has arranged a number of discounted hotel rates in the Charleston area.

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