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Schedule of Events for The Corps of Cadets

THURSDAY, MAY 3

11 a.m. Star of the West Finals

Place: Summerall Field

Inclement Weather: Deas Hall

Approx. Running Time: 45 minutes

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated in the bleachers 15 minutes prior to the competition.

Suggested Parking: Once on-campus parking areas fill, campus parking will be limited to handicapped vehicles. Most visitors will be directed by Public Safety to park near Johnson Hagood Stadium and then walk to Summerall Field.

Special Information: This event is the culmination of many hours of practice in rifle drill. The winner will be named the "Best Drilled Cadet" and will have his or her name inscribed on the Star of the West Monument located near the flagpole on Summerall Field. That cadet will also wear the Star of the West Medal. The ship, Star of the West, was fired upon by Citadel cadets in 1861.

 

2 p.m. Awards Convocation

Place:McAlister Field House

Inclement Weather: As scheduled

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated 15 minutes prior to the convocation.

Suggested Parking: Once on-campus parking areas fill, campus parking will be limited to handicapped vehicles. Most visitors will be directed by Public Safety to park near Johnson Hagood Stadium and then walk to McAlister Field House.

Special Information: The convocation will feature the presentation of several prestigious awards to include Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

 

4:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service and Carillon Concert for the Class of 2012

Place: Summerall Chapel

Speaker: Marine Col. Thomas S. Clark, professor and head of the Naval Science Department, The Citadel. Clark graduated from The Citadel in 1985 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps through NROTC. Since then he has served in leadership positions at almost every level to include being Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He has deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield as well as more recently for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In July 2011, he returned to The Citadel to assume command of the Naval ROTC program. Throughout his career, Clark has learned the importance of bringing faith and spiritual strength to every endeavor. He brings a wealth of experience with him that will provide insight and encouragement for every graduate regardless of their future plans.

Inclement Weather: As scheduled

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated in the chapel 20 minutes prior to the processional. Please note that the chapel will fill quickly.

Suggested Parking: Once on-campus parking areas fill, campus parking will be limited to handicapped ve­hicles. Most visitors will be directed by Public Safety to park near Johnson Hagood Stadium and then walk to Summerall Chapel.

Please, no flash photography or artificial lighting inside the Chapel.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 4

2:15 p.m. 2012 Summerall Guards performance in honor of the Class of 2012

Place: Summerall Field

Inclement Weather: Cancelled

Approx. Running Time: 30 minutes

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated in the bleachers 15 minutes prior to the performance.

Suggested Parking: Once on-campus parking areas fill, campus parking will be limited to handicapped vehicles. Most visitors will be directed by Public Safety to park near Johnson Hagood Stadium and then walk to Summerall Field.

Special Information: The 2013 Summerall Guards will perform the traditional "Citadel Series" in honor of the graduating Class of 2012.

 

3 p.m. Graduation (Long Gray Line) Parade

Place: Summerall Field

Inclement Weather: Cancelled

Approx. Running Time: 1 hour

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated in the bleachers 15 minutes prior to the parade.

Suggested Parking: Once on-campus parking areas fill, campus parking will be limited to handicapped ve­hicles. Most visitors will be directed by Public Safety to park near Johnson Hagood Stadium and then walk to Summerall Field.

Special Information: Members of the Class of 2012 will march in their final parade as cadets. As the class crosses Summerall Field to "take the review," the leadership of the Class of 2013 will take command of the Corps of Cadets.

 

4 p.m. Garden Party hosted by Lt. Gen. and Mrs. John W. Rosa for the Class of 2012 and their guests

Place: Quarters One

Inclement Weather: Cancelled

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Casual

Suggested Arrival: Lt. Gen. and Mrs. Rosa will welcome the graduating class and their guests at the president's house immediately after parade until 5:30 p.m.

Suggested Parking: Same as for graduation parade

Special Information: This is an opportunity for the graduating class and their guests to meet the President and First Lady. Light refreshments will be served in the garden.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 5

9 a.m. Corps of Cadets Commencement Exercises

Place: McAlister Field House

Speaker: Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Harvey Schiller, Citadel Class of 1960, business executive, professor and military leader

Admission: All guests, including babies and children, must have a ticket for admittance to the commencement service. For more information, click here.

Inclement Weather: As scheduled

Approx. Running Time: Approx. 3 hours

Suggested Dress: Business attire for attendees.

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated by 8:30 a.m. Doors will close at 8:50 a.m. for the processional. Doors will not reopen until after the national anthem and invocation.

Suggested Parking: Once on-campus parking areas fill, campus parking will be limited to handicapped ve­hicles. Most visitors will be directed by Public Safety to park near Johnson Hagood Stadium and then walk to McAlister Field House. No parking is allowed in Hampton Park. The City of Charleston Police Department will ticket cars parked in Hampton Park.

Graduates and Participants: Graduates will gather in Deas Hall no later than 8 a.m. for lineup. Alumni fathers presenting diplomas to their sons or daughters will be lined up in the rear hallway of McAlister Field House.

Special Information: A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate during the diploma pre­sentation. Families are asked not to come forward to take family snapshots or video. Only authorized media photographers will be permitted on the field house floor during commencement.
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What to Expect: The ceremony will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with the processional of the graduating class, the faculty and the platform party. After the invocation, national anthem and introductions of the special guests, Lt. Gen. Rosa will deliver remarks, honors, awards and honorary degrees will be presented. The guest speaker will then deliver the address to the Class of 2012. Lt. Gen. Rosa will admin­ister the oath to those entering the Armed Forces. The presentation of candidates and conferring of degrees will precede the actual presentation of diplomas. At the conclusion, the president of The Citadel Alumni Association will have graduates rise and turn their rings so that the numerals face out. The ceremony will conclude with the singing of the alma mater, closing remarks by Lt. Gen. Rosa and the "tossing of hats."