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Citadel News Service

Office of Public Affairs


CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 23.--While college students across the country prepare for the start of fall classes, cadets at The Citadel prepare for a second important segment of life at the military college.

     The 1,848 men of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets started classes this morning (23 August). Citadel cadets enroll in one of the four branches of the U.S. military and choose from 19 degree programs.

     But unlike other college students, cadets must prepare for the inevitable--the Friday afternoon dress parade.

     The first dress parade, which showcases the Corps, will be this Friday, 25 August. The rifle and sword manual, combined with the final pass-in-review of the 16 rifle companies, the pipe band and regimental band, attracts tourists, family members and supporters from far and wide. Parades and reviews are presented on Summerall Field free of charge at 3:45 almost every Friday afternoon during the college year. Parking is available on campus. Bleacher seating is available; however, visitors should arrive early and allow time for the Museum, Summerall Chapel, Gift Shop and Snack Bar.

     On Monday evening classes began for the 2,536 women and men enrolled in The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Almost 70 percent are degree-seeking students. Seventy-eight percent are females and 22 percent are males. Begun in 1966, the College offers six graduate degrees in 14 areas and three undergraduate degrees, as well as non-credit continuing education courses.


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