Women Make History Again At The Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Commencement at The Citadel on May 12 will mark another milestone in the college's move to co-education.
The Class of 2001 includes 10 graduating female cadets -- the most in a single class since The Citadel began admitting women in 1996.
The first female graduate, Nancy Mace, graduated in three years in 1999. Petra Lovetinska followed in her footsteps as the first female cadet to go through the full four-year program. Lovetinska graduated in May 2000.
Receiving diplomas this year are Dena Abrash of Houston, Texas, Jennifer Causey of High Point, N.C., Deonn Crumley of Matthews, N.C., Melanie De Santiago of Denton, Texas, Mandy Garcia of Fayetteville, N.C., Megan Gentry of Beaufort, S.C., Eileen Guerra of Goose Creek, S.C., Morgan Lynn of Las Vegas, Nev., Brandy Perry of Hemingway, S.C. and Crystal Spring of Jackson, Wyo.
Among them are two company commanders, a regimental executive officer (the second highest ranking cadet officer) and members of the Regimental Band. Half will enter military service or training after graduation.
All have participated in varsity sports, from track to cheerleading, during their four years at The Citadel and many have helped shape the policies and regulations involving women and co-education at The Military College of South Carolina.