Cadets, active duty students honor for outstanding achievements
Four Cadet Medal of Valor awards presented for heroic actions
More than 100 active duty military students and cadets, most of them seniors, were honored today for excellence in leadership, service, military duty and academics. The annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation is one of several events taking place in honor of the graduating Class of 2012.
"Awards Convocation gives us an opportunity to acknowledge these cadets who have set themselves apart—who have distinguished themselves through leadership and their scholarly pursuits,” said Citadel Provost and Dean of the College Samuel M. Hines. “We are proud to say that they are Citadel cadets.”
Also during the awards convocation, the newest company in the Corps of Cadets – Victor Company – was activated. The Corps of Cadets now has 21 companies, more than any time in the past. Academic awards were presented and, four cadets who have been credited with heroic actions that helped save the lives of two people received the Cadet Medal of Valor today.
On April 4, Cadet Christian Mundy’s quick thinking and administering of CPR to a College of Charleston student that had collapsed at Marion Square saved the student from dying from a heart ailment. Cadets Jarrod Branch, Byron Addison and Denzel Grant came to the aid of a stabbing victim in downtown Charleston on April 14 and helped police make an arrest in the case. Had the cadets not acted quickly, the Navy sailor would have died from what was a life-threatening injury.
"I am proud to recognize these cadets for their heroic actions,” said college President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa (USAF retired). “Their quick thinking and caring leadership saved the lives of two people. Each of these young men is a credit to the Corps of Cadets and The Citadel.”
The Cadet Medal of Valor was first awarded in 1999. It recognizes cadets that have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism that result in an accomplishment so exceptional or outstanding and/or involve danger or extraordinary responsibility so as to set them apart.
The Class of 2012 will graduate Saturday in two ceremonies in McAlister Field House. The Corps of Cadets commencement is at 9 a.m. and is followed by the Graduate College commencement at 4 p.m.