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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 16, 2003

Corps of Cadets, graduate school
commencement speakers announced

          The Citadel announced today that two men who have had incredible influence on the college and the city of Charleston will deliver the May commencement addresses to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

          Thomas Mahan, an adjunct professor at Brevard College in North Carolina, will speak to more than 300 students receiving graduate and undergraduate degrees from The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies on Sunday, May 4.

          Mahan began his Citadel teaching career in 1972 as an education professor. He later moved to the psychology department and was the only professor teaching simultaneously in two different disciplines. In 1976, he became director of graduate studies and was later named dean of graduate and continuing education where his vision and leadership helped shape the graduate program and its growth.

          Mahan retired from the college in 1991. He worked for the Catholic Diocese of Charleston for four years before moving to North Carolina. He will help CGPS celebrate its 35th anniversary during his 2 p.m. commencement address in McAlister Field House.

          Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley will deliver the commencement address to an estimated 379 graduating members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 in McAlister Field House.

          Riley, who graduated from The Citadel in 1964, is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in the United States. He was first elected mayor in 1975 and is currently in his seventh term in office.

          Under his leadership, Charleston has experienced a revitalization of its historic downtown business district, seen the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S. A., built the beautiful Waterfront Park, developed nationally acclaimed affordable housing, and experienced unprecedented growth in Charleston's size and population. The City of Charleston is recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States.

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