Corps Day is the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events. A highlight is the mess hall birthday celebration in which the oldest alumnus and the youngest cadet share cake-cutting honors.
A centerpiece for Corps Day observance is the Principled Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. The two-day conference attracts student delegates from various colleges, federal service academies and senior military colleges giving them an opportunity to interact and discuss topics ranging from military to corporate and social ethics and leadership.