The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Judge Robert Nathaniel Jenkins, Sr

Corps Grad ’72


Jenkins, a member of The Citadel Class of 1972, is a veteran, a judge and a trailblazer. After four years of service in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam, he enrolled at The Citadel in 1969 as a veteran student. When he graduated in 1972, he became the fourth African American to receive an undergraduate degree from the college. After graduating from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, he began an illustrious career in law during which he dedicated himself to providing equal justice for the poor. Through his tireless efforts, the number of legal aid offices in several South Carolina counties grew, and he established a program that enabled private lawyers to provide free legal services to those who could not be helped through legal aid offices. For his courage, his ethical leadership and his commitment to the less fortunate, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Judge Robert Nathaniel Jenkins, Sr. the honorary Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

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