The Class of 2006 meets The Citadel
It's hard to believe that summer is nearly over. Soon the sounds of cadence will resonate across The Citadel campus, a sign that the cadets have returned and another academic year is under way on the banks of the Ashley River.
On Saturday more than 600 freshmen are expected to report for academic orientation and military training. That's just a fraction of the record 2,057 young men and women who sought admission this year to the Class of 2006 at The Military College of South Carolina.
"The educational environment we provide continues to be in high demand," said John Powell, director of admissions. "At one point, we had a waiting list of more than 250 applicants for this class. Already we have more than 300 applications and 11,000 prospects for the Class of 2007."
The Class of 2006, which will make up about one-third of the total Corps of Cadets, is a diverse group, Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
"We're very pleased that The Citadel is fully enrolled and had a record application year," Grinalds said. "We are equally thrilled with the caliber of students arriving on campus. They are a diverse and academically outstanding group of young men and women who will be challenged physically, mentally and academically to reach their highest potential."
Leading the Corps of Cadets this year is equally diverse group of men and women. They are:
Cadet officers have been on campus since early August and for the last week cadre has been preparing for the arrival of the knobs. Academic orientation takes place this weekend, followed by the start of military training on Monday, Aug. 19.
Athletic cadre has been on campus since July 29 working with more than 100 athletes who will take part in Bulldog sports this year. Among the freshman athletes are 49 football players, 14 women's soccer players, nine men's soccer players, six volleyball players, six men's cross country athletes, six managers, five women's cross country athletes, four trainers and two cheerleaders.
At 6 p.m. Monday, the freshmen will be sworn in as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets on Summerall Field. Upperclassmen return Aug. 25 and classes begin Aug. 28.