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Citadel News Service
5 May 2011

Graduates have strong family ties to institution

Commencement exercises for The Citadel Graduate College will take place at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2011, in McAlister Field House.  Among the 336 students graduating are 15 legacies—students who have a familial tie to Citadel alumni.  These student legacies have been granted permission by the Board to Visitors to have their alumni family members present them with their diplomas.

This year there are some unusual presentations taking place.  Christopher Leggett, who graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 2007, will present his mother Deborah Garrison with her master’s degree.  William Anderson Sr. who graduated from CGC will present his great-grandson John Hoff with his degree.  And Benjamin Mimms III, who graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 1970, will present his son John with his degree from the Corps of Cadets and his daughter Courtenay with her master’s degree from CGC.

There are nine other fathers presenting diplomas to their CGC children—two of whom are from the Corps of Cadets Class of 1968—as well as one mother and one grandfather. 

This year’s CGC legacies are:


Graduating student
Family member
Bess Brockington Bluestein
Samuel K. Brockington Jr.
1975, SCCC
Eleanor Brockington
Samuel K. Brockington Jr.
1975, SCCC
Cameron Richardson Dion
Col. Thomas Raymond Dion
1968, SCCC
Elizabeth Blair Watkins Dorneanu
Mr. Archibald Legare Watkins
1968, SCCC
Tyler Garwood Mikell
Mr. James Thomas Mikell
1964, SCCC
Courtenay Brailsford Mims
Mr. Benjamin Lovick Mims, III
1970, SCCC
Alicia Williams
Mr. Melvin C. Williams
2000, CGC
James C. Ulmer
Mr. John Russell Ulmer
1997, CGC
Wramie Spafford
Ms. Janice Garrett Messex
1993, CGC
Alberta Sottile Long Darby
Dr. Charles Pinckney Darby, Jr.
1955, SCCC
Barbara Douglass Stelling
Mr. Robert Magill Stelling
1971, SCCC
Deborah M. Garrison
Mr. Christopher Taylor Leggett
2007, SCCC
John Henry Hoff
Mr. William Francis Anderson Sr.
1977, CGC
great grandfather
Jeffrey Alan Phillips
Mr. Michael E. Phillips
1994, CGC
Luther Martin McBee V
Mr. Luther M. McBee IV
1972, SCCC


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