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COMMENCEMENT: HIGHEST RANKING ACTIVE DUTY ALUMNUS TO SPEAK; HONORARY DEGREES TO BE PRESENTED

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 25.--Army Gen. William White Hartzog will speak at The Citadel's commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m. May 11 in McAlister Field House. Approximately 425 undergraduate degrees will be awarded.

     General Hartzog serves as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Virginia.

     A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, General Hartzog was graduated from The Citadel in 1963 and is the college's highest ranking active duty alumnus. His distinguished career includes two tours in Vietnam, Chief of Operations of U.S. Southern Command in Panama during Operation Just Cause, and commanding general of U.S. Army South in Panama.

     Hartzog also served as deputy commander in chief of the U.S. Atlantic Command in Norfolk, Virginia, and assistant commandant of U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He accepted the command of TRADOC from retired General Frederick M. Franks Jr. in October of 1994.

     Among Hartzog's awards are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters.

     Hartzog holds a master's degree in psychology from Appalachian State University and an honorary doctor of military science degree from The Citadel.

     The Citadel will award four honorary degrees during commencement exercises.

     Major General T. Eston Marchant of Columbia will receive an honorary degree of doctor of military science. Marchant is the former Adjutant General of South Carolina. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, he was commissioned in the South Carolina Army National Guard.

     In the 1978 general election he was voted in as Adjutant General and won three general elections thereafter until his retirement in 1995. From 1990-92 Marchant served as president of the Adjutants' General Association of the United States. He has twice received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest award that can be presented by the governor of South Carolina.

     Senator John Drummond, President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate, will receive an honorary doctor of business degree. Drummond has represented District 10 (Greenwood and Abbeville counties) in the state Senate since 1967 and has presided as chairman of the Finance Committee and the Interstate Cooperation.

     A former fighter pilot, Drummond earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart in World War II. In 1995 he was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Association of Counties. Drummond also serves as President of the Lions Club and Commander of the American Legion.

     Mr. Wilford LeRoy Harrelson of Georgetown will receive an honorary degree of doctor of letters. Harrelson, a 1943 graduate of The Citadel, is the former corporate vice president of public affairs for the Christian Broadcast Network.

     Harrelson is also the former owner and publisher of the Myrtle Beach News. He has served as an Associated Press correspondent and as president of Coastal Carolina Press, Incorporated. Additionally, Harrelson worked as Ernest F. Hollings' press secretary when he was governor.

     A former member of The Citadel's Board of Visitors, Harrelson has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto and several national public relations awards.

     Col. William Fripp Prioleau Jr. of Columbia will receive an honorary doctor of law degree. Col. Prioleau is presently a partner in the law firm of Prioleau & Walker in Columbia and serves as an emeritus member of The Citadel's Board of Visitors.

     A graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina's School of Law, Prioleau is a permanent member of the United States Judicial Conference for the Fourth Circuit. He has served for 12 years as Secretary- Treasurer of the South Carolina Bar Association and occasionally presides as Acting Judge for the Richland County Family Court.

     Col. Prioleau's law career has included prestigious positions as legal counsel to Governors Byrnes, Thurmond, and Timmerman. In 1953 he declined appointment as United States Attorney in order to serve as counsel to Governor Byrnes.

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