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General admission tickets are required for the Corps of Cadets commencement exercises Saturday morning. Eight (8) general admission seating tickets will be distributed to each cadet through Cadet Activities. Seating will be in the bleachers and will be available on a first come/first served basis. The doors to McAlister Field House will open at 7:30 a.m. Candidates who need additional tickets must contact Ms. Ruthie Ward in Cadet Activities from April 14-May 2. Only the graduation candidate can request additional tickets.
December graduates and fifth-year seniors living off-campus must contact Ms. Ward in Cadet Activities for tickets.
The Baccalaureate Service does not require a ticket; however, seating is limited in the Summerall Chapel.
Tickets are not required for the Graduate College commencement on Saturday afternoon.
A sign language interpreter will be present on the platform for commencement ceremonies. Seating for guests using the interpreter can be arranged by contacting LTC Jane Warner at 843-953-6877 for the Corps of Cadets and 843-953-5089 for the Graduate College commencement.
Handicapped seating at commencement exercises will be in a special area on the main floor of the field house. For questions regarding handicapped seating at Corps of Cadets commencement, contact LTC Jane Warner in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 843-953-6877. For handicapped seating during the Graduate College commencement, please contact CGC at 843-953-5089. On-campus handicapped parking will be available for all events.
The Citadel welcomes individuals with disabilities to events associated with Commencement Week. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or if you need additional information about the physical access provided at a given site, please contact The Citadel's Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 843-953-6877.
Travel to campus
Make your plans early.
Spring is high tourist season in Charleston. In addition there are numerous other events and other graduation ceremonies that could affect your local travel plans. In particular, the College of Charleston will be holding two commencement ceremonies on May 10. Consider alternate routes when traveling from downtown to The Citadel campus.
Leave early to account for traffic and the time it will take to park at the events you plan to attend at The Citadel.
The importance of the week's ceremonies will dictate the dress for specific events. The weather should be considered when packing. Although not required, a coat and tie for gentlemen would be appropriate for commencement exercises. Casual attire is appropriate for most other events.
The Citadel External Affairs Office has contracted with a professional photographer to take color pictures of each individual during Friday's military commissioning ceremonies and each individual receiving a diploma at both the Corps of Cadets and Citadel Graduate College commencement exercises. Families are asked not to come forward to take family snapshots or video during the commencement exercises. GradImages will contact graduates and their families following commencement with more information. Questions may be emailed after May 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org . Following commencement you may order online at www.gradimages.com or by calling 1-800-261-2576.
Only authorized media photographers will be permitted on the field house floor during commencement exercises.
The Snack Bar, located to the left of Mark Clark Hall, offers a wide variety of quick foods, breakfast items and hot meals. The Citadel Bookstore, located at the front entrance of Mark Clark Hall, provides numerous shopping opportunities for Citadel families and friends. Extended hours of each facility for Commencement Week will be posted.
No food or beverages may be brought into McAlister Field House for the Corps of Cadets or Graduate College commencement exercises or to the Baccalaureate Service or Commissioning ceremonies in Summerall Chapel.
Restrooms and Water Fountains
The campus map shows the location of all buildings on The Citadel's campus.
The map below shows the location of restrooms and water availability.