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Citadel News Service
2 May 2013

The Citadel celebrates largest legacy class ever

63 alumni will present legacy diplomas at two commencements on Saturday

Cadets Thomas Jordan and Julia McCullohs and MBA student Gervais Hagerty just two of the more than 3,000 students at The Citadel but they share a family legacy that sets them apart from many of their peers at the college and at most other college students across the nation.

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On Saturday, Jordan, McCullohs and Hagerty will graduate. As they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, their fathers and grandfathers will be there to greet them. A Citadel tradition since 1962, parents and grandparents who are graduates of the college can present diplomas to their children and grandchildren as they graduate.

"The tradition of alumni presenting legacies with their diplomas—principled leaders of one generation saluting the next generation—is cherished by Citadel families," said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. "To those families, and to the families of all graduates, I am proud to offer my congratulations on one of the greatest days of their lives"

This year 56 graduates of the Corps of Cadets will present diplomas. It is the largest number ever. The Citadel Graduate College will have 10 legacies presenting diplomas.

The Corps of Cadets commencement begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in McAlister Field House. The Graduate College commencement will follow at 4 p.m.

Cadet Jordan will be the ninth member of his family to graduate from The Citadel. Being a legacy is not altogether unlike a relay race, the Dillon, S.C., resident said.

1209592_julia mccullohs head shot"My challenge to myself in these past four years has been to not drop this baton. I can only hope that one day I will pass the same baton off to the next generation," he said. "It will be surreal when I am being handed a diploma from my dad and both grandfathers. I cannot imagine a finer stage to walk nor a more outstanding group of men to congratulate me."

Cadet McCullohs is a third generation legacy and the first woman in her family to graduate from The Citadel. Her father, Air Force Lt. Col. Mark C. McCullohs, Class of '87, will present her diploma.

The Peyton, Colo., resident said her grandfather passed away when she was in elementary school but she still feels a special connection to him as she prepares to graduate.

"I still remember him reminiscing about his days here," she said. "I have met some of his classmates who saw my name tag and immediately asked if I was Mac's granddaughter to which I happily replied 'yes.' They then continued to say how much fun he was to be around and how they missed him."

citadel_01604024 gervaisGervais Hagerty, an MBA student in The Citadel Graduate College and the strategic communications coordinator in The Citadel Office of External Affairs, is a third generation legacy.

Her great-grandfather, Thaddeus Street, graduated in 1917. Her grandfather, Timothy Street, is a member of the famous Class of 1944, known as "the class that never was."

In the final days of their junior year, the members of the Class of 1944 were looking forward to summer break and their senior year at The Citadel. But senior year was not to be. The entire class was called to join the fight in World War II. The class did not have a graduation either.

After the war, some came back to finish their degrees and graduate; others did not. As part of the Class of 2008 commencement, the class received special recognition 64 years after the Class of 1944 would have graduated.

Hagerty's grandfather came back and finished his degree in 1947, but he never was able to participate in a graduation ceremony.

"Being on stage at a Citadel graduation will be a first for both of us," said Hagerty. "This is a special moment I'll cherish for a lifetime."


Corps of Cadets Legacies in the Class of 2013
(participating in commencement)

Harold Kenneth Bramble

Col. Harold Kenneth Bramble, Sr., USAF, Retired, ’62

Grandfather

Jarrod Austin Branch

Lt. Col. Francis “Austin” Branch, USA, Retired, ’86

Father

Patrick Allen Buhler

Dr. Paul Buhler, ’86

Father

Lucas Barringer Chase

John R. Chase, ’75       

Father

Elliott Mitchell Cleveland

Lt. Col. Benjamin N. Cleveland, USAF, Retired, ’82

Father

John Kenyon Cowart

John Thomas (Jake) Gressette, ’50

Grandfather

Perry Wilder Cummins

Ryan Clark Cummins, ’07          

Brother

Sidney Cummins, ’78 (Deceased)

Father

Frank Scott Dabney

Dr. Allen L. Harrell, ’49

Grandfather

Joshua Turner Dragnett 

Lt. Col. Kevin P. Dragnett, USA, Retired, ’87

Father

Caleb Freer DuBose

Robert F. DuBose, Jr., ’87

Father

Patrick Joseph Duggan

Patrick J. Duggan, Sr., ’83

Father

Rachael Elizabeth Farrell

Lt. Col. Kenneth Farrell, USAF, Retired, ’87

Father

Charles Russ Fender

Charles Russ Fender, ’86

Father

Martin James Fosberry 

Martin J. Fosberry, Jr., ’85

Father

Michael Brandon Galloway

Richard Galloway, Jr., ’91

Father

Scott Edwin Graves

Brian E. Graves, ’86

Father

Phillip Todd Greenleaf

Dana F. Greenleaf, ’73

Father

Richard Walter Grooms 

Richard W. Grooms, Jr., ’85

Father

Jeffrey Stanton Hahn

Jeffrey Hahn, ’81

Father

Benjamin Allen Hall

Col. Dale A. Hall, SCARNG, ’84 

Father

Ryne Walker Hardwick

Richard Hardwick, ’86

Father

Stiles Mikell Harper III

George Harold Kearse, ‘50

Grandfather

Nicholas Grey Hasty

Donald David Hasty, ’86

Father

John Morgan Hefner

Maj. John R., Hefner, USA, Retired, ’82

Father

Albert Evans Hemphill

Roy R. Hemphill, ’87

Father

John Collins Herrmann

Michael T. Davis, ’85

Father

Ryan Christopher Hines

Vernon Lee Hines, ’85

Father

Thomas Hoyt Etheridge, ‘60

Grandfather

Braxton Patrick Horner

Robert Lawson Horner, ’82

Father

Ronald E. Jenkins, ’56

Grandfather

Dustin Brooks Hussey

Jerry Michael Hussey, '74

Father

David Gordon Jenkinson

Haynsworth M. Jenkinson, ’74

Father

Thomas Myers Jordan

Thomas Jordan, ’83

Father

Arthur Buist Jordan, ’56

Grandfather

J. Edwin Hunter, ’57

Grandfather

Arthur Buist Jordan, Jr., ’26 (Deceased)

Great Grandfather

Joseph Sebastian Keating

Joseph W. Keating, ’83 

Father

Douglas Eaton Kelley

Lt. Col. Douglas E. Kelley, USAF, Retired, ’82

Father

Nina Elise Knapp

Robert Michael Knapp, '86

Father

Benjamin Cody McCoy

Dan McCoy, '69

Father

Julia Mary-Louise McCullohs

Lt. Col. Mark C. McCullohs, USAF, ’87

Father

Lt. Col. Harry Lee McCullohs, USAR, ’47 (Deceased)

Grandfather

Max Clinton Morrill

Kevin Morrill, ’79

Father

Morgan McCarthy Parfitt

Dr. Vaughn David Parfitt, ’76

Father

Edwin Davis Partin

Roderick Arthur Partin, ’83

Father

Gregory Thomas Philipkosky

Col. Thomas G. Philipkosky, USAF, Retired, ’82

Father

Katherin Jaimie Player  

Col. Michael Player, USA, Retired, ’83

Father

Austin Keith Pritcher

Larry D. Pritcher, Jr., ’86

Father

Trent Keitt Purcell

Trent K. Purcell, ’80

Father

Keitt Purcell, ’44 (Deceased)

Grandfather

Brett William RaVell

Robert W. RaVell, Jr., ’81

Father

Zachary John Sanders

John Albert Sanders, ’85

Father

Don Stuart Simmons

D. Stewart Simmons, Jr., ’86

Father

Charles Harrison Stewart

Charles L. Stewart, ’81  

Father

Kyle Alexander Taylor

Edwin S. Taylor, ’75

Father

Ephriam Brevard Walker

John “Jeff” Weston Sr., ’59

Grandfather

Rebecca Lauren Walls  

Lt. Col. Randall Walls, USAF, Retired, ’79

Father

Thomas Edward Wilkes 

Joe E. Wilkes, ’74

Father

Grant Arthur Williamson

Melvin Williamson, ’80

Father

Baron Harold Windham

Baron H. Windham, Jr., ’68

Father

Ryan Michael Zimmerman

Mark Zimmerman, ’83

Father


 

 

















































Citadel Graduate College Class of 2013 Legacies
(participating in commencement)

Susan Brooks

Charles Phillip Brooks, SCCC ’73

Father-in-law

Maria E. Cooper

John H. Cooper, SCCC '84

Father

Kathryn Evans

Walter Anthony Kimbrell, SCCC '77

Father

Jerry Feagin

Col. David Freeman, SCCC ’84

Uncle

Gervais Hagerty

Timothy Street, SCCC ’44

Grandfather

Matthew Parker

Sandra Bryant Parker, CGC ’80

Mother

Jeff Parrish

Jeffrey Parrish, SCCC ’75

Father

Winona Swatzyna

Andrew A. Swatzyna, CGC '11 

Son

Kaitlin Twomey

John Twomey, SCCC ’74

Father

Marion Williams

Emma Bennett-Williams

Wife











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