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Schedule of Events for The Citadel Graduate College

Thursday, MAY 7

7 p.m. CGC Awards Ceremony

  • Place: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Club Level
  • Approx. Running Time: 2 hours
  • Suggested Dress: Business Casual
  • Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • Parking: Parking is available by Johnson Hagood Stadium.
  • Special Information: This event is to recognize outstanding graduate and evening undergraduate students.  It is open to award recipients and their guests.
  • Questions: 843-953-0357 or

Saturday, MAY 9

2:00 p.m. Graduate College Legacy Photos and Alumni Parent Briefing
Alumni parents and graduates will have their photographs taken. The briefing is for alumni parents presenting diplomas at the CGC commencement.

  • Place: McAlister Field House
  • Approx. Running Time: 30 minutes
  • Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for gentlemen; dress or business suit for mothers; cap and gown for graduate.
  • Special Information: Family photos may also be taken at this time as well as the legacy group photo of alumni parents and their graduating sons/daughters. Information about seating and presenting the diplomas during the ceremony will also be provided.

3:30 p.m. CGC Commencement Exercises

  • Place: McAlister Field House
  • Speaker:  Robert F. Moran, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Petsmart, Inc.
  • Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours
  • Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for gentlemen; dress or business suit for mothers; cap and gown for graduate.
  • Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated by 3:15 p.m.
  • Suggested Parking: Parking is allowed on-campus near McAlister Field House using any space not marked as reserved. There will be sufficient parking on campus for the graduates, families and guests of the graduates.  No parking is allowed in Hampton Park.
  • Graduates and Participants: Graduates will gather in Deas Hall no later than 2:30 p.m. for robing and lineup.
  • 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. GradImages will contact graduates and their families following commencement with more information. Questions may be emailed after May 10 to Following commencement you may order online at or by calling 1-800-261-2576.
  • Only authorized media photographers are permitted on the field house floor during commencement.
  • 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, Lt. Gen. Rosa will deliver remarks.  Awards will be presented prior to the commencement address. The presentation of candidates and conferring of degrees will precede the actual presentation of diplomas.

5:00 p.m. Reception for CGC graduates and their guests hosted by Lt. Gen. and Mrs. John W. Rosa

  • 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.
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