CHARLESTON, SC (March 5)--The Citadel will celebrate the 153rd anniversary of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets during Corps Day Weekend, March 14-17. Corps Day Weekend, one of the most highly attended Citadel attractions, will feature a cadet talent show, a dress parade at Marion Square, the presentation of an honorary degree and the Palmetto Medal Award, and a free concert by The Citadel Regimental Band in Hampton Park.
The Corps Day tradition began when the South Carolina legislature passed an act establishing The Military College of South Carolina. The first 20 cadets reported for classes on March 20, 1843, at the Old Citadel on Marion Square in downtown Charleston.
In recognition of that historic event, The Citadel's Corps Day festivities will begin with a dress parade on Marion Square Thursday, March 14, at 4:15 p.m. Four-hundred cadets, the Regimental Color Guard, the Touchdown Cannon Crew, and the Regimental Band will recreate the parades conducted at Marion Square between 1843 and 1922.
Thursday evening The Citadel will host its annual Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. in McAlister Field House. A variety of cadet bands, soloists, and comedy acts will highlight this year's show. Included on the panel of judges are two leadership students from the newly-formed SCIL program at Converse College. Tickets are $2 and may be purchased in advance by contacting Student Activities at 953-5111.
On Friday at 3 p.m. the Summerall Guards, a 61-man precision drill platoon, will perform on Summerall Field. At 3:45 p.m. the entire Corps of Cadets will conduct a full-dress review. During Friday's review the Brigadier Foundation's President's Award will be presented to the senior cadet voted the most outstanding athlete by his classmates. A formal Corps Day Hop will round out Friday's schedule. The Hop, held at 9 p.m. in McAlister Field House, will feature the popular shag band Chairman of the Board.
Registration for all alumni activities and sale of luncheon tickets will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium. The four Citadel barracks will be opened to the public from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. and The Citadel Pipe Band will perform in each of the barracks throughout the visitation period.
At 9 a.m. on Summerall Field, the 1996 Summerall Guards will transfer their ceremonial 1903 Springfield rifles to the rising seniors selected to compose the 1997 Summerall Guards. Following the ceremony, the 1997 Guards will give their first public performance.
Prior to Saturday morning's parade, The Citadel Sky Diving Club will parachute onto Summerall Field at 10:45 a.m. The dress parade, in honor of The Citadel's Board of Visitors, will begin at 11:00 a.m.
During the parade, The Citadel will award Dr. George H. Orvin an Honorary Doctor of Medicine Degree. Dr. Orvin, a widely respected psychiatrist, is Chairman of the Board and Founder of the Charleston-based New Hope Treatment Centers, Inc. Additionally, the Board of Visitors will present Dr. Edward F. J. Tucker, an innovative English professor at The Citadel, and Cadet Captain John K. Weigle, Special Assistant to the Administration, with the Palmetto Medal Award for reflecting great credit on The Citadel.
Saturday's scheduled events conclude with a $5 luncheon in Coward Hall where a portrait of Col. Harvey M. Dick, Member of the Board of Visitors and former Assistant Commandant of Cadets, will be unveiled.
The Citadel Regimental Band will hold a concert at the bandstand in Hampton Park at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon. The 90-minute concert, featuring classic overtures and contemporary favorites, is free and open to the public.
Corps Day Weekend '96 concludes with Protestant Worship Services at 9 a.m. in Summerall Chapel and 6:30 p.m in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium and a
Catholic mass at 6:30 in Summerall Chapel.