CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 6, 1995)--The Citadel will celebrate its annual Parent's Weekend beginning Thursday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 15. Weekend highlights include two dress parades, a football game against the rival Furman Paladins, and performances by The Citadel Chorale, the Honor Guard, and the 1996 Summerall Guards.
Parent's Weekend officially begins with the Senior Class Ring Presentation at 4 p.m. on Thursday in Summerall Chapel. Friday's fesitivities begin with a dress parade at 3:45 p.m. on Summerall Field. Freshmen from the Class of 1999 will formally join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets during this parade. At 5 p.m. The Citadel Chorale, a singing group comprised of select members of the three cadet choirs, will perform in Summerall Chapel. The Honor Guard and Ring Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in McAlister Field House, followed at 9 p.m. by the formal Ring Hop.
At 8 a.m. Lt. Gen. Claudius E. Watts III, president of The Citadel, and Brig. Gen. Roger C. Poole, vice president for academic affairs, will address parents and guests in Summerall Chapel. Parents of cadets may meet with faculty members beginning at 8:30 a.m. in various academic departments.
The four Citadel Barracks will be opened to the public from 9:00 to 10:30 Saturday morning and The Citadel Pipe Band will perform in each of the barracks throughout the visitation period. At 9:00 a freshman squad drill competition will be held on the quadrangle of Padgett-Thomas Barracks. The Citadel Band will conduct a concert at 9:30 on Summerall Field in front of Padgett-Thomas Barracks. Saturday morning's dress parade, in honor of parents and grandparents of Citadel cadets, will begin at 11 a.m.
Lunch will be available in Coward Hall and Deas Hall to those with meal tickets. Meal tickets and football tickets will be available at the Information Center in Mark Clark Hall from 12:30 to 3:30 Friday and from 7:30 to 11 Saturday morning.
The Citadel Bulldogs will host the Furman University Paladins at 2 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The 1996 Summerall Guards, an elite silent drill platoon, will perform during halftime.
Parent's Weekend concludes Sunday following four scheduled worship
services. The Protestant Worship Service will be held in Summerall Chapel
at 9 a.m; the Episcopal Holy Eucharist will be held in St. Alban's Chapel at 11
a.m.; and the Roman Catholic Mass is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. in Mark Clark
Hall Auditorium. All three of these services will feature a "Blessing of the
Rings." The evening Protestant Worship Service begins at 6:30 p.m. in Mark
Clark Hall Auditorium.