The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

Dare to Lead

Citadel News Service

For Release
October 30, 2002

History of The Citadel Alumni Association
"150 years of
perpetuating friendships"


          1852 - Association of Graduates is founded on Nov. 19.
          1860 to 1867 - Association doesn't meet because most of the graduates are fighting in the           Civil War.
          1865 - The Citadel's buildings fall into the hands of federal troops in February.
          1877 - Nine graduates meet in April at the Charleston Hotel to consider reacquiring The           Citadel buildings back from the federal government and reopening the school.
          1877 - All graduates whose addresses are known are invited on Dec. 14 to meet in           Charleston to reorganize the association, adopt a constitution and by-laws and elect officers.           At this meeting, a campaign to reopen the school begins. A resolution requesting the           governor to appoint a Board of Visitors is approved. The BOV would direct negotiations to           regain The Citadel property.
          1882 - The federal government returns The Citadel property to the state and the General           Assembly passes a bill authorizing the school's reopening and the repairing and maintaining           of buildings.
          1882 - The school reopens in the fall.
          1888 - The federal government settles a claim for rent by paying the state a considerable sum           of money. The portions of the school burned during the federal occupancy are rebuilt.
          1898 - The Association of Graduates helps pay to hire a school recruiter. The student body           more than doubles.
          1918 to 1921 - The association finances, with subscriptions collected from members,           construction of Alumni Hall on the north end of the parade ground. Grimsley Hall now stands           on that location.
          1934 - Name changed to The Association of Citadel Men
          1997 - Name changed to Citadel Alumni Association with the admission of women to the           South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
          2000 - The John Monroe J. Holliday Alumni Center opens.
          2002 - The Citadel Alumni Association celebrates its sesquicentennial.


Back to Top