Class of 2002 heads into the work world, military
A diverse group of young men and women, the Class of 2002 will receive its diplomas Saturday, May 11.
The nearly 300 cadets who are candidates for graduation come from 32 states and eight other countries. South Carolina is the most heavily represented state in the class with 139 students followed by Florida (19), Georgia (16) and North Carolina (15).
Candidates for graduation reflect The Citadel's strength in business as the top choice of majors. The Class of 2002 includes 121 business administration majors, 31 criminal justice majors, 24 history majors, 22 political science majors, 17 civil engineering majors, 15 biology majors, and 12 psychology and 12 education majors.
Demographically, the Class of 2002 includes 20 women and 278 men. The racial composition includes 246 whites, 20 African-Americans, 5 Hispanics, 11 international students, six Asians and two American Indians.
The Citadel has a 60 percent graduation rate--a statistic that indicates what percentage of students earns their undergraduate degree four years after entering the institution. Despite the rigors of a military-style program, The Citadels four and five-year graduation rates have consistently been the highest among all state colleges and universities in South Carolina.
Roughly 114 members of the Class of 2002 are candidates to receive a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces: Army--47, Air Force--49, Navy/Marines--28.
Among those headed for military service is Regimental Commander Bobby Cox of Traveler's Rest, S.C.
Cox and the other five cadets who make up the top leadership of the Corps of Cadets have varied plans after college. Here's a look at some of their accomplishments and future plans:
Corps of Cadets Top 6
Class of 2002