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Citadel News Service
17 Sep 2008

The Citadel Graduate College celebrating 40 years

The Citadel Graduate College will celebrate 40 years of providing educational opportunities to the Lowcountry at The Citadel vs. Princeton football game this weekend.

Several hundred people, mostly alumni and supporters, turned out at the Sept. 20 football game to celebrate the 40th year of The Citadel Graduate College.
More than 500 people, including alumni and current CGC students, are expected to join the celebration on the south terrace at Johnson Hagood Stadium beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“The Citadel is known worldwide for its tradition of academic excellence, service and leadership. A CGC student’s experience at The Citadel is also a life changing experience - our students build enduring professional friendships and pride as Citadel alumni,” said Ray Jones, dean of The Citadel Graduate College. 

The Citadel, founded in 1842, began offering graduate degrees in education in 1968. Sixteen people were in the first graduating class in 1970. Now, 40 years later, the CGC has evolved and grown from the Evening College and has expanded its offerings to include 19 graduate degree programs, three evening undergraduate degree programs and one graduate certificate. The graduate school operates year round and has more than 7,000 alumni in its ranks. Each year approximately 250 graduates receive degrees.

Other changes in the last 40 years: The Citadel now has Schools to direct academics under consolidated departmental structures and the size of the faculty has increased as has the library. Technological capabilities across campus reflect these changes.

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel, mingles with graduates and supporters of The Citadel Graduate College during the Sept. 20 celebration.

“The role of The Citadel Graduate College is to achieve excellence in the education of principled leaders by encouraging insight into issues, ideas, and values that are of importance to society,” said Allison Dean Love, Class of 1993 and executive director of the South Carolina Insurance News Service. Love is also a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors. “I am proud to be a graduate.”

Jones and Love said the CGC has evolved to meet the needs of the Lowcountry because of its regional focus.

“Our degree offerings are highly responsive to the educational and business requirements of the region,” Jones said. “With a finger on the pulse of the Lowcountry, CGC is responsive, yet has remained consistent providing nationally recognized and accredited graduate programs year after year. This flexible reliability has been The Citadel Graduate College’s hallmark.”

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