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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 20, 2003

Commencement Week Schedule


2 p.m. -- College of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement
McAlister Field House.
Commencement speaker: Thomas W. Mahan, Ph.D. Dr. Mahan, a retired professor and faculty emeritus, was a pivotal leader in the establishment of the current College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

3 p.m. -- Reception for CGPS graduates and their guests
Deas Hall


1:30 p.m. -- Star of the West Finals
Summerall Field (Inclement weather: Deas Hall)
This event is the culmination of many hours of practice in rifle drill. The winner will be named the "Best Drilled Cadet" and will have his or her name inscribed on the Star of the West monument located near the flagpole on Summerall Field. That cadet will also wear the Star of the West medal - named for the ship the Star of the West, which was fired upon by Citadel cadets.

3:45 p.m. -- Parade review and awards presentation
Summerall Field (Inclement weather: Parade cancelled; awards presented in Mark Clark Hall.)

7:30 p.m. -- Baccalaureate Service
Summerall Chapel
Baccalaureate speaker: Chaplain (Colonel) David O. Golden, director of religious activities. Please, no flash photography or artificial lighting inside the Chapel.


2:15 p.m. -- 2004 Summerall Guards performance
Summerall Field (Inclement weather: Cancelled)
The 2004 Summerall Guards, a silent drill platoon, will perform the traditional "Citadel Series" in honor of the Class of 2003.

3 p.m. -- Long Gray Line Graduation Parade
Summerall Field (Inclement weather: Cancelled)
Members of the Class of 2003 will march in their final parade as cadets. As the class crosses
Summerall Field to "take the review," the leadership of the Class of 2004 will take command of the Corps of Cadets.

4 p.m. Garden party given by Maj. Gen. and Mrs. John S. Grinalds for members of the graduating class and their guests


9:30 a.m. -- Cadet commencement exercises
McAlister Field House
Commencement speaker: Charleston Mayor Joseph. P. Riley, Citadel Class of 1964.


These events are for selected graduates and their families and are by invitation only.

Thursday, May 8

11 a.m. -- Who's Who Awards Presentation
Place: Mark Clark Hall Auditorium
This ceremony is for members of the senior class who were selected for the award of Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities.

Friday, May 9

Commissioning ceremonies, Summerall Chapel
8:30 a.m. - Army
10:30 a.m. - Air Force
6:00 p.m. - Navy/Marines
These ceremonies are for those graduates being commissioned into the armed forces and their families. The actual "swearing-in" ceremony for all branches will take place during Commencement. Please, no flash photography or artificial lighting inside the chapel.

Friday, May 9

10 a.m. -- Briefing for alumni fathers presenting diplomas
McAlister Field House

11 a.m. -- Legacy photo of alumni fathers and graduates
Steps of Summerall Chapel (Inclement Weather: To be announced)

Noon -- Life membership ceremony for The Citadel Alumni Association
Holliday Alumni Center
Families that purchased a life membership in The Citadel Alumni Association for their sons or daughters will receive invitations (three per graduate) to this event. A stand-up reception will be held for invitees and the new life members. Cadets will receive plaques.

Noon -- Honors program certificate presentation luncheon
Place: Regimental Commander's Riverview Room, Coward Hall
This is a special luncheon for Honors Program participants and invited family members.

Media: Reporters and photographers should contact Public Affairs at 843-953-2155 to arrange for parking, seating and coverage of commencement activities.

Parking during commencment

Information for parents

Commencement seating



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