CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 6.--Thousands of Citadel graduates will return to campus this weekend to celebrate Homecoming '96. The weekend will begin Thursday, Nov. 7, and last through Sunday, Nov. 10. Most of the festivities are open to the public.
Events include a Friday afternoon and a Saturday morning dress parade, open barracks, the election of officers of the Association of Citadel Men, a hop and worship services. Athletic events abound with basketball, golf, tennis and football.
Homecoming '96 will begin on Thursday evening at 6:30 with a "Meet the Bulldogs' basketball exhibition in McAlister Field House. There is no charge and every one interested in previewing this year's Citadel basketball team is welcome.
Friday's activities will begin with a breakfast with Coach Don Powers for Citadel football supporters at 8:00 at Johnson Hagood Stadium. A Captain's Choice Alumni Golf Match at Patriots Point Golf Course will begin half an hour later. The cost to participate in the match is $55 per person.
The South Carolina Corps of Cadets will present a dress parade at 3:45 Friday afternoon on Summerall Field. Following the parade, visitors can enjoy the Chapel Concert Series in Summerall Chapel featuring The Citadel Chorale. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. and admission is free.
Also following the parade, graduates and students in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies will attend a Charleston High Tea in the Riverview Room, Coward Hall.
The Citadel Club of Charleston and the Association of Citadel Men will be the hosts for the annual Jamboree at The Citadel Beach House Friday night, and the Homecoming Hop featuring the band "Chairman of the Board" will be on the USS YORKTOWN.
At 8:00 on Saturday morning an Alumni Tennis Tournament will be held at the Donald C. Bunch Tennis Courts on campus. The Pipe Band will open the four Citadel barracks and other buildings to the public at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
The Summerall Guards--the elite precision drill platoon--will perform at 9:30 a.m.; a Cadet Skydiving Demonstration is scheduled for 10:45; and a dress parade honoring all alumni will be at 11:00. All three events will be on Summerall Field.
Visitors are encouraged to stay on campus for lunch in Coward Hall. Tickets for the luncheon and football game are available in the auditorium of Mark Clark Hall Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
The Citadel vs. the University of Tennessee (at Chattanooga) football game will be at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Kickoff will be at 2:00. During half time, fans will be treated with a performance by the Regimental Band and Pipe Band, the crowning of this year's Miss Citadel, and the recognition of the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.
Sunday's worship services will begin at 9 a.m. with a Protestant Worship Service in Summerall Chapel, followed by a reception at 10:00 in the reception room of Mark Clark Hall. At 6:30 Sunday evening there will be a Catholic Mass in the chapel and an Informal Protestant Service in Mark Clark Hall's auditorium.