South Carolina Corps of Cadets graduates
The Citadel today presented diplomas to 438 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and 20 active duty students. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose leadership following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks has been nationally hailed, delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2007.
Five honorary degrees were also awarded to distinguished individuals for their achievements in leadership, business and education. In addition, four cadets and two faculty members were presented with awards for their academic and teaching endeavors.
• Rudy Giuliani - Doctor of Public Administration
• John McKissick, athletic director and head football coach at Summerville High School - Doctor of Education.
• Emmett Irwin Davis, Jr., CEO and chairman of Davis & Floyd, Inc. - Doctor of Engineering.
• Sen. Linda Huffstetler Short - Doctor of Public Administration.
• Walter Edgar, the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina - Doctor of Letters.
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.
• Karen Shuler, visiting professor, The Citadel School of Business
• Cadet Philip Andrew Ellis of Fountain Inn, S.C.
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.
• Brig. Gen. Michael Barrett, professor of history, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
A 1968 graduate of The Citadel, Gen. Barrett received his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. Currently, he is working on a history of the 1916 Austro-German Campaign in Romania. The faculty advisor to the Honor Committee and a 1995 recipient of the Grimsley Award for Teaching, Gen. Barrett has been on faculty at The Citadel since 1976.
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.
• Angelo Medico of Coral Springs, Fla., a business administration major.
Commander of Second Battalion, Medico served as a member of the Summerall Guards, the Inn of Court, the Knights of Columbus, the Round Table, and Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. He was a recipient of Gold Stars and the Wade Hampton Sabre.
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.
• First Honor Graduate – James Marion Russell IV, Holly Hill, S.C.
A business administration major with a 4.0 grade point average, Russell has consistently received Gold Stars for academic excellence. He has served as Fourth Battalion Academic Officer, editor of The Gold Star Journal, president of the Finance and Investment Club, and secretary of the Spanish Club. A varsity baseball player, he was the recipient of a Citadel Summer Scholars Grant and the Joseph Issac III Academic Achievement Award.
• Second Honor Graduate – Brett Stephen Miller, Gastonia, N.C.
a business administration major from Gastonia, N.C., Miller has consistently received Gold Stars for academic achievement. A member of the Honors Program and the chairman of the Honor Committee, Cadet Miller has also been an active participant in the Lutheran Student Ministries, the National Eagle Scout Association, and the College Bowl.