The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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CFA Events

Upperclass CFA parents are now hosting more and more Cadet Send-Off events. These informal Cadet picnics, brunches and dinners serve to connect incoming freshmen with each other and upperclass cadets who reside close by. It's a great opportunity for new students and their families to ask questions about daily life as a Knob and inquire about academics, support services, clubs and other organizations that serve the many interests of our Cadets.

Getting Started

Here are some recommendations for hosting a successful Send-Off event:

  1. Contact Shamus Gillen , CFA Liaison Officer, to request a list of incoming freshmen and upperclass Cadets (or call 843.953.4830).
    Lists produced by the Admissions Office contain privileged information! As such, only active CFA area and company representatives may use these lists for organizing Cadet Send-Off events.
  2. We highly encourage hosting CFA reps. to engage the local alumni, whether they be organized (Citadel Clubs) or not. Alumni provide a different perspective than parents. To see if there is a Citadel Club in your area, please Citadel Club List.
  3. Athletic freshmen report early, so hosting your Cadet Send-Off before the end of July is strongly encouraged. All list requests should be made roughly one month prior to events to ensure we have ample time to process and send the list.
  4. Parents are experts in answering parent questions. When freshmen parents ask policy or administrative questions, it is always best to refer them to the proper official sources on campus. (Policies and doctrines change, often year to year!)
  5. Inexpensive casual events are always best! Backyard BBQ's are the most common format for these events.

Send-Off Agenda

It's important that everyone feel relaxed and welcome. A typical event format you might want to follow includes:

  1. Sign In - Welcome
  2. BBQ food
  3. Separate the Parents and Cadets: This allows upperclass parents to answer freshmen parent questions. Also, the upperclass Cadets have the opportunity to give guidance/tips to the incoming Knobs.
  4. Encourage incoming Knobs to talk with each other
  5. Regroup everyone
  6. Reiterate the importance of grades and "education first". Knobs can get overly concerned with the military side of Cadet life - it is vital that academics always come first.
  7. Emphasize coming in shape. Knobs should be running several miles, doing pushups and sit-ups at least 3 times a week.
  8. Upperclass Cadets can emphasize Honor. Cadets do not lie, cheat or steal. This lesson is one to adhere to before coming to The Citadel.
  9. Lastly, emphasize the support network available to each incoming Freshman. There will be terrible days that make Cadets question their decision to attend The Citadel. THIS IS NORMAL. Parents should provide firm support and encouragement.
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