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Citadel News Service
8 May 2010

Class of 2010 joins the ranks of the Long Gray Line

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When they arrived on campus in August 2006, the Class of 2010 found a new president at The Citadel’s helm. Over the next four years, they would meet two new commandants, see the Corps of Cadets grow from 18 to 20 companies and they would have a front row seat at the election of a new U.S. president as the campus became a popular stop for nearly every Democrat and Republican vying for the White House.

This class would successfully complete its freshman year, the first step in a four-year leadership development process, and they would go on to accept the responsibility that comes with being mentors and leaders among their peers.

Today the Class of 2010 completes its journey at The Citadel and prepares for futures as principled leaders in the military, business, education and in the legislatures of our states and nation. College is behind them, but a world of opportunity awaits outside Lesesne Gate.

“To the members of the Class of 2010, I offer you my most sincere congratulations for what you have done here at The Citadel and what you are about to do as you go out to serve your communities and our nation,” said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, who became president of The Citadel in 2006. “To your parents, each of you has made a significant sacrifice over the past four years to enable your cadet to graduate. Today, however, these are behind you. This very special day, a day you and your cadet may have thought would never come, has finally arrived.”

Sending the graduating class onto the next phase in each cadet's life was commencement speaker Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and host of the CBS Sunday political talk show "Face the Nation."

A former communications officer in the U.S. Air Force, Schieffer was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Journalism for his leadership and career achievements spanning 53 years in journalism, 41 of those spent at CBS.

In addition to Schieffer, other recipients of honorary degrees from The Citadel are: 

  • Marine Corps Lt. Col. Randolph J. Bresnik,’89, NASA astronaut
    Honorary Doctor of Aeronautics
  • Marc A. Buoniconti, a member of The Citadel Class of 1988, co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
    Honorary Doctor of Public Service
  • Bernard Marshall Gordon, founder of Gordon Engineering
    Honorary Doctor of Engineering
  • Michael Thomas Rose, South Carolina senator
    Honorary Doctor of Public Administration 
  • Barbara Stambaugh Williams, editor emeritus of The (Charleston) Post and Courier
    Honorary Doctor of Journalism

Several awards also were presented during the commencement ceremony.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is presented by the college through the New York Southern Society to recognize excellence of character and service to humanity. The award was named for prominent New York lawyer, Algernon Sydney Sullivan, and consists of a copper medallion and engraved certificate.

James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award
The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.

John O. Willson Ring
The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award to honor the most popular student among his or her peers.

David Shingler Spell Honor Graduates
The awards recognizing the two cadets with the highest academic achievement are sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, S.C.

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