The Class of 2003's parting gift to The Citadel will be a live bulldog mascot.
During the traditional Long Gray Line graduation parade, Senior Class President Frank Llaneza of Florence, S.C., will lead the symbolic presentation of an English Bulldog to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The parade begins at 3 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2003 on Summerall Field.
"We want to leave a gift. Past classes haven't always done that, and we wanted to give the school something that would begin a tradition," Llaneza said. "The bulldog is a loveable mascot and is something cadets, alumni and others can associate with."
The English Bulldog has been the established Citadel mascot since 1908.
Boo, an English Bulldog owned by Fred Ducker, Citadel Class of 1963, will take part in Friday's presentation.
Boo has often attended parades, athletic events and other Citadel functions is and a long-time mascot, visiting the college and college events frequently.
The new mascot will live with and be cared for by Mike Groshon, assistant athletic director for facilities and equipment at The Citadel. Next fall a cadet detail will be established to help care for the mascot.
No taxpayer dollars will be used in the acquisition, care or housing of the mascot. Instead the costs will be paid for through fundraisers, cadet class dues and with contributions from The Citadel Alumni Association and The Brigadier Foundation. Dr. John Bradford, Class of 1977, of Charleston is donating veterinary services.
The bulldog puppy is expected to arrive sometime this summer and will be named by the Corps next fall.