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Citadel News Service

For Release
Oct. 10, 2002

Parents Day Weekend begins Friday at The Citadel

          Alumni and family and friends of The Citadel's 1,887 cadets will visit The Military College of South Carolina this weekend for the annual Parents Day gathering -- one of the college's largest weekend celebrations of the year.

          The first Parents Day Weekend dates back to 1934 and gives parents, relatives, friends and alumni the chance to visit with cadets, faculty, and staff. On the average, 6,000 visitors stop by campus. Thousands visit The Citadel each year for Homecoming in November and Corps Day, the spring celebration of the Corps of Cadets' founding.

          While many Parents Day Weekend events are intended for cadets and their families, several are free and open to the public. Among them:

Friday, Oct. 11
3:45 p.m.
Dress parade, Summerall Field
5 p.m.
Performance by The Citadel Chorale, Summerall Chapel
Saturday, Oct. 12
8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Barracks open for tours.
9 a.m.
Fourthclass drill competition
9:30 a.m.
Regimental Band concert, Summerall Field
11 a.m.
Parade, Summerall Field
2 p.m.
The Citadel vs. East Tennessee State University, Johnson Hagood Stadium. General admission tickets cost $9

          A highlight of the weekend is the Friday presentation of Citadel rings. This year, about 334 seniors will receive their rings during a formal ceremony in Summerall Chapel, followed by a dance Friday night. Both events are open to cadets and their guests.


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