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Citadel Graduate College Commencement 2019

Graduate students, evening undergraduate students and veteran students The citadel graduate college class of 2016

Tickets are NOT needed to attend this graduation ceremony. For information on ordering invitations, regalia, accessible seating and restrictions on items carried into McAlister Field House, please scroll to the bottom.



Thursday, May 2


New nurses are presented with nursing pins.

Place: Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Speaker: Dr. Connie Book, President, Elon University and former provost at The Citadel

Suggested Dress:  Business Casual

Approx. Running Time:  1.5 hours

Special Information: This event is for Nursing Program Graduates and their family members

5:30 p.m. CGC AWARDS CEREMONY (Select group only)

Award recipients will receive an invitation to attend and have their photographs taken with GEN. Walters

Place: Club Level, Johnson Hagood Stadium

Inclement Weather: As scheduled

Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Business Casual

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

Suggested Parking: Johnson Hagood Stadium

Special Information: Light appetizers will be served beforehand.


Saturday, May 4


This briefing is for alumni parents and grandparents presenting diplomas at The Citadel Graduate College commencement who received an invitation to participate from that office.

Legacy Diploma Presentation Request: Diploma presentation by a Citadel alumni parent must be requested by the graduation candidate and approved prior to the ceremony. The deadline to make a request is March 1st. If you have questions, please email:

Place: McAlister Field House - Meet on the stage

Approx. Running Time: 30 minutes

Suggested Dress: Business attire (be prepared for photos immediately following the briefing)

Suggested Arrival: Alumni parents/grandparents are asked to arrive no later than 1:20 p.m. in McAlister Field House

Special Information: Alumni parents/grandparents who will be presenting diplomas to their sons or daughters will meet with the associate provost for academic operations for special instructions. Information will include a walk-through of the presentation on the stage.

2:00 p.m. GRADUATE COLLEGE LEGACY PHOTOS (Select group only)

Alumni parents and graduates will have their photographs taken. Instructions will be sent to eligible graduates prior to April 1st.

Place: McAlister Field House

Approx. Running Time: 30 minutes

Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for gentlemen; dress or business suit for women; cap and gown for graduates.

Special Information: Family photos may also be taken at this time.


Place: McAlister Field House

Speaker: The Honorable Robert Leon Wilkie, United States Secretary of Veteran Affairs

Approx. Running Time: 1 1/2 hours

Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for gentlemen; dress or business suit for women; cap and gown for graduates.

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated by 3:15 p.m.

Restrictions regarding photography: Unauthorized non-Citadel photography is prohibited. The Citadel's 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 are permitted on the field house floor during commencement. Following commencement you may order online at or by calling 1-800-261-2576. GradImages will also contact graduates and their families following commencement with more information. Questions may be emailed after May 6 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You will need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What to Expect: The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30 p.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, GEN. Walters will deliver remarks. The presentation of candidates and conferring of degrees will precede the actual presentation of diplomas.

Graduates will receive an empty diploma tube on stage (please hold on to your diploma tube). Following commencement, graduates completing all degree requirements for the spring semester will report to Deas Hall to receive their diplomas. All graduates completing degree requirements this summer will receive their diplomas by certified mail at the beginning of the fall semester.


Place: Deas Hall

Approx. Running Time: 1 hour

Special Information: CGC graduates and their families are invited to a special reception hosted by the President and First Lady in Deas Hall, which is located on the north side of McAlister Field House.


Accessible Seating

Guests unable to use steps may use the accessible seating behind the graduates. Guests that are able to use steps should use the appropriately marked bleacher seating. One family member may sit with the person or persons needing accessible seating in either location. Accessible seating may not be reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, please call The Citadel Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 843-953-6877.

Commencement Ceremony Security Restrictions

No boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, noise makers, camera bags, video cameras, umbrellas, beverage containers of any sort, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items will be allowed in the field house. Food and drink are prohibited.

*NEW* Leaving McAlister Field during the ceremony is highly discouraged.  Those who must leave will be required to go back through security screening prior to re-entry.

Ordering Announcements and Invitations

Invitations should be ordered directly through Balfour Graduation Announcements online by April 1st

Ordering Regalia

Regalia may be ordered through Last day to order regalia is April 6th.

Graduate degree recipients will wear cap, gown, and hood. Undergraduate degree recipients will wear cap and gown. Degree recipients may wear the service dress uniform of their respective branch of service if authorized by the service.

Graduating Veterans will receive their red, white, and blue cord during the check in process. These cords have been approved to wear with the graduation regalia. Members of honor societies may wear the cords associated with that honor society. Purchase of these items is the responsibility of the student. Questions can be directed to the advisor of that honor society.

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