The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


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 Col. John L. Dorrian, VP of Communications and Marketing

Dear Parents and Families,

You may know that the Citadel Republican Society, a cadet club, has invited former presidential advisor Steve Bannon to speak at an event Friday, Nov. 10 on campus. We expect the event to garner significant media attention. We have also received notice from a local group that intends to conduct a peaceful rally outside the venue to exercise their 1st Amendment right to oppose Mr Bannon’s views. We are working closely with local and state authorities to maintain safety and security on campus before during and after the event. As we develop those plans we will keep you informed, so you should expect more details starting early next week.

Lt Gen Rosa, president of The Citadel, released a statement this week explaining our institution’s position on the event, which I am forwarding for your awareness and consideration.

Statement from Lt Gen Rosa, President of The Citadel

The Citadel is committed to academic freedom and freedom of expression, and our Board of Visitors has adopted and refined policies on these topics since the late 1950’s. The most recent refinement was in June 2016, when The Citadel’s Board of Visitors adopted a statement based on the University of Chicago’s Principles for Freedom of Expression. In practice, the Principles remind us of the value of our constitutional right to free expression and that the best course of action for ideas or expression we disagree with is to provide counter ideas.  The University of Chicago’s Principles are available at, and The Citadel’s statement is available in the College Regulations, at I encourage every member of our Citadel family to read these documents.

The Citadel has been, and will continue to be, a venue where ideas from many points of view are shared. Our community is a place where we discuss and debate a diversity of ideas in a civil, respectful manner. We are confident in the ability of our cadets, students, faculty, staff and community to decide for themselves if ideas presented by speakers have any merit.  We greatly value civility, and all members of the college community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect.

One of the foundational principles that we teach our cadets and students is that while we will not agree on every issue, we will respect the opinions of others, even when we strongly disagree. We believe this principle is important in any college environment—but especially one devoted to educating principled leaders. I communicated this principle to our campus community in August as the academic year was beginning, and it will remain important as we continue discussing the important, sometimes contentious issues of the day.

If you have ideas to help advance the respectful exchange of ideas, do not hesitate to share them with the college’s leadership team.

Cadet Photography

Makeup dates

  • Thurs., Nov. 30:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 1:  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cadets will be granted electronic access to their ePortraits, including yearbook pictures, leadership photos, company class photos and ring photos (when taken) beginning Nov. 7, 2017.

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? Two makeup days will be scheduled at the end of the semester.  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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