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COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES PLANNED

CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Apr. 20)--Ninety-six graduate students and 439 undergraduates will receive their degrees during commencement week activities beginning Wednesday May 10, at The Citadel.

     Mr. T. Graham Edwards, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper), will serve as the commencement speaker for students of The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies at 8 p.m. May 10, in Summerall Chapel. Edwards is a graduate of The Citadel's Master of Business Administration Program.

     The Star of the West competition to select the best-drilled cadet for the college year will begin at 1:30 p.m. May 11, on Summerall Field. In the event of inclement weather, the Star of the West competition will take place in Deas Hall.

     The winner will receive a Star of the West medal to wear on his dress uniform and his name will be engraved on the Star of the West monument in front of Bond Hall. The medal has been awarded at the military college since 1893 and is named for the Federal steamer Star of the West, which Citadel cadets fired upon in 1861 when it tried to deliver supplies to Ft. Sumter. The public is invited to attend this unique competition.

     The Corps of Cadets will march in review, and six cadet awards will be presented at 3:45 p.m. on Summerall Field. In the event of inclement weather, the review will be canceled, but the awards ceremony will take place in McAlister Field House. Also, the baccalaureate service will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Summerall Chapel. Chaplain Edwin J. Rowan III, pastor at First Baptist Church of Timmonsville, will deliver the sermon. Rowan served 25 years in the U.S. Army as an active duty chaplain, achieving the rank of colonel before he retired from the service in 1986.

     Two parades will be held on May 12. The first parade will honor The Citadel's Board of Visitors at 11 a.m. The 1996 Summerall Guards will perform their elite silent drill routine at 2:15 p.m. in honor of the graduating class and the traditional graduation parade will begin at 3 p.m.

     One hundred and one Citadel cadets and active duty enlisted students will receive commissions in the armed forces May 13: 36 in the Air Force; 40 in the Army; 14 in the Marine Corps; and 11 in the Navy.

     General William W. Hartzog, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will deliver the commissioning oath at 7:45 a.m. in Summerall Chapel. Hartzog is a 1963 Citadel graduate and is the first Citadel graduate in the history of the military college to achieve the rank of general while on active duty. He will receive an honorary degree of doctor of military science from The Citadel during commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets and active duty enlisted students at 9:30 a.m. May 13,in McAlister Field House.

     The Hon. David Muldrow Beasley, governor of South Carolina, will deliver the commencement address. Beasley will receive an honorary degree of doctor of laws from the military college.

     In addition to the Honorable Mr. Beasley and General Hartzog, The Citadel Board of Visitors will award four other honorary degrees, two in medicine to Dr. George Dean Johnson, retired pediatrician, and Dr. William Thomas Moss, professor emeritus at the Oregon Health Science University. The Hon. Floyd D. Spence, U.S. representative for South Carolina's Second District, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of laws and the Hon. Ronald Calhoun Fulmer, state representative for the 119th District, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of business.

     Information on tickets to commencement is available by contacting 953-6818.

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