of 2002 heads into the work world, military
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.
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.
those headed for military service is Regimental Commander Bobby Cox of
Traveler's Rest, S.C.
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
Bobby James Cox
Travelers Rest, S.C.
Activities and accomplishments:
Deans List, Gold Stars, Ranger Challenge, Army ROTC Scholarship, First
Semester Battalion Clerk, Second Semester Regimental Clerk, Regimental
Sergeant Major, 2002 Summerall Guard, Commandants List, Presidents List,
Palmetto Medal recipient.
Plans after graduation? Army Infantry Officer
Phillip Jason Reynolds
Activities and accomplishments: Member of the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, Citadel Inn of Court, The Round Table, South Carolina Student
Legislature Delegate, Commandant's List.
Plans after graduation: Law school
Brian Robertson Donehue
James Island, S.C.
Activities and accomplishments: Regimental Clerk, First Battalion
Sergeant Major, Dean's list, Commandant's list, and Air Force contract.
Plans after graduation? Enter the Air Force
Joseph Ralph Montedoro
Bradley Beach, N.J.
Business Administration major
Activities and accomplishments: Dean's List, Commandant's List, Presidential
Aid, Bulldog/Bullpup volunteer, Four-year Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship,
Knights of Columbus, Citadel Admissions Office, Honor Committee, Semper
Plans after graduation? Receive a commission in the United States
Mark Andrew Connelly
Granite Falls, N.C.
Civil engineering major
Activities and accomplishments: 2002 Summerall Guards, Commandant'
List, Dean's List, Presidential Aide, Round Table Member, American Society
of Civil Engineering Secretary (local chapter), ASCE National member,
Student Advisory Committee, Uniform Board, Human Affairs Committee, 2001
National Conference on Ethics in America, Campus Crusade, Baptist Student
Union, Chapel Choir, Intramural softball, soccer, and basketball, Regimental
Clerk, Squad Corporal/Armorer, Third Battalion Sergeant Major, Vance Hightower
Scholarship, Renie Clark Scholarship, Ambrose Hampton Scholarship.
Plans after graduation? Become a general contractor/engineer
Ryan O'Neal Parker
Biology and English double major
Activities and accomplishments: Vice Chairman for Education of the
Honor Court, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Phi Kappa
Phi, Summerall Guards, Medical University of South Carolina volunteer,
Sigma Delta Psi, William G. Widder Award.
Plans after graduation? Medical school