The Citadel presents graduation awards
Approximately 370 cadets and six active-duty military students took part in graduation ceremonies today at The Citadel. Several cadets and two faculty members were recognized during commencement inside McAlister Field House for outstanding achievement:
Cadet Franklin Thomas Llaneza of Florence, S.C. was awarded the First Honor Graduate Scholarship Medal, which is presented annually to the graduating cadet with the highest grade point average. An accounting major and Citadel scholar, Llaneza was junior class treasurer in 2002 and senior class president in 2003. He was a member of the Summerall Guards, the college's precision drill platoon, and is a member of the honorary societies Beta Gamma Sigma (business honor society) and Phi Kappa Phi (Citadel Honor Society).
The coveted John O. Willson Ring was presented to Cadet Robert Charles Sturdy of Fairhope, Ala. Sturdy was chairman of the Honor Committee this year. He is an English major and the recipient of the Frank W. Cayce and Citadel Foundation Leadership scholarships. This spring he was awarded the America Legion School Award.
The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to the member of the senior class who is voted by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award. In his will, Willson set aside a "small fund" to furnish a ring yearly for a senior deemed most popular among his or her peers.
Among faculty, English professor Tony Neil Redd of Charleston received the James A. Grimsley Teaching Award for his outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students. Redd also received the award in 1999. Redd teaches 20th century literature and U.S. Southern literature. He has been employed at The Citadel since 1966.
Grimsley, who was Citadel president from 1980 to 1989, created the award in 1986. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.
Finally, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 and has been presented at The Citadel since 1933. The bronze medallions are awarded in recognition of "high thought and noble endeavor" as exemplified in the life of the late Sullivan, a lawyer who lived from 1826 to 1887.
Grant B. Staley of the department of modern languages was the faculty recipient of the faculty Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Staley joined The Citadel in 1972. He teaches Spanish is director of the college’s Fine Arts program and is a past recipient of the Grimsley teaching award and The Citadel Outstanding Teaching Award.
History major Cadet Ian Peyton Boyd of Waxhaw, N.C., is the cadet recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Throughout his cadet years, Boyd has distinguished himself in his service to others. He has served as a member of the Honor Committee, on the senior class board of directors and platoon leader of Romeo Company. Boyd will attend seminary next year and hope to be ordained in the Episcopal Church.