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Citadel News Service
9 May 2009

Citadel Class of 2009 joins the ranks of the Long Gray Line

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The Citadel leadership journey now complete, the world’s future military officers, doctors, leaders in business, lawyers and teachers are among the 449 cadets, nine active duty military students and eight veteran students who graduated today from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

“I like to think our graduates toss their caps up in the air to show that when it comes to their future the sky’s the limit,” said President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “After the rigorous education and training they have received, Citadel graduates are prepared to take their places as principled leaders in business and the private sector, in public service and in the defense of our nation.”

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In the Class of 2009, approximately 172 cadets have been commissioned in the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps or Navy. They received a standing ovation from the McAlister Field House crowd Saturday morning.

This year also marks the 10-year anniversary of the first woman graduating from The Citadel. Women were first admitted in 1996. Nancy Mace was the first to graduate in 1999. She now lives and works in Atlanta, Ga., and is the author of “In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel.”

From 1999 to 2008 there have been 176 women to graduate from The Citadel. The Class of 2009, with 29 women, pushes that number to 205. During the 2008-2009 academic year women were about 6.5 percent of the 2,100-member South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

U.S. Rep. John M. Spratt Jr., representative for the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina, delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2009. Spratt was among five honorary degree recipients recognized for achievements in public service, business and law. In addition, four cadets and two faculty members were honored for excellence in academics and teaching.

All the award recipients are:

Honorary degrees

  • Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Baiden III – honorary doctor of military science
  • E. Bart Daniel – honorary doctor of laws
  • Harry B. “Chip” Limehouse III – honorary doctor of public administration
  • Anderson Davis Warlick – honorary doctor of business administration
  • U.S. Rep. John M. Spratt Jr. – honorary doctor of public administration

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is a bronze medallion presented through the New York Southern Society to students or others in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor. Recipients are: 

  • Cadet Brennin Scott Colegrove
  • Kathryn Anne Richardson Jones, School of Education

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.

  • Kyle S. Sinisi, Department of History

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.

  • Cadet Valentin J. Boza of Plantation, Fla.

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.

  • First Honor Graduate—Cadet Julius Grady Siler V
  • Second Honor Graduate—Charles Dustin Brackett
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