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Citadel News Service

For Release
October 30, 2002

CAA celebrates 150 years during Homecoming 2002

          Homecoming 2002 at The Citadel will be like no other homecoming before.

          For the first time the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will march in a twilight parade, gates from the old Citadel on Marion Square will be dedicated, and The Citadel Alumni Association will celebrate its 150th anniversary with numerous activities, including burial of the sesquicentennial time capsule.

          Other events will include the raffle of a Citadel print signed by the cast members from Road Rules: The Campus Crawl. The MTV reality television series featured The Citadel this summer.

          And alumni from all Citadel classes, not just those holding reunions this year, will find many activities geared toward them. Several new alumni initiatives will be unveiled, including a collector's series of Citadel themed wines and a perpetual care program for alumni class rings.

          "We've tried to reinvent homecoming to give alumni even more reason to come home for the weekend," said Mike Rogers, alumni association director. "With 2002 being our 150th anniversary, we can build on a significant occasion and make it special for all alumni."

          The Twilight Parade, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, will "strengthen the patriotic nerve in each person attending," Rogers said. "It will be a parade of reflection and pride. It will be unlike any parade you have witnessed on Summerall Field."

          The homecoming parade on Saturday, Nov. 10 will feature all alumni standing in review of the Corps of Cadets.

           The dedication of the old Citadel gates from the Marion Square campus will feature the Washington Light Infantry. The gates are a gift from the WLI and previously belonged to the Bennett Hofford Co. of Charleston. They are being installed in The Citadel's Holliday Alumni Center, which opened in September 2000.

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