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Citadel News Service

For Release
Sept. 29. 2003

Parents' Weekend begins Friday


          It's the first big weekend of the year - Parents' Weekend - when the Class of 2007 becomes official members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, seniors get their coveted rings and hundred of people flock to campus for a weekend of family-oriented fun.

          Parents' Weekend kicks off Friday, Oct. 3, with a reception for the parents of knobs, presentation of senior rings and the traditional military parade of the 1900-plus members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. It will culminate Sunday, Oct. 5 with two receptions, and in between The Citadel takes to the gridiron against Elon on Saturday, Oct. 4. While aimed at families of Citadel students, several activities are open to the general public.

          At 589 men and women strong, the Class of 2007 has nearly completed the cadre-training period, which began on Aug. 16, and each will be promoted from cadet recruit to cadet private during parade on Friday, Oct. 3.

          Before parade, approximately 344 members of the Class of 2004 will receive their class rings.
The Citadel ring symbolizes the history of the state of South Carolina and The Citadel and the academic, physical and personal achievements of all members of the Corps of Cadets, past and present.

          Cadets are eligible to wear the rings upon becoming academic first-class (senior) cadets. They wear the ring with the class numeral facing toward them. After graduation, the rings are turned outward.

          Here's a complete schedule of Parents' Weekend events:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3

1:20 p.m. First class procession piped to Summerall Chapel by The Citadel Pipers
1:30 p.m.

Presentation of Rings, Summerall Chapel. NOTE: Seating is limited to ticket holders (two per student) only inside the chapel. A simulcast of the ring presentation will be in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium.

1:45 - 3:30 p.m 4th Class Parents' Drop-In, Holliday Alumni Center.
3:45 p.m. Dress parade, Summerall Field
5 p.m. The Citadel Chorale performs, Summerall Chapel
7 p.m. Ring ceremony, McAlister Field House
9 p.m. Ring Hop, McAlister Field House.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4

8 a.m. Coffee and other refreshments for parents and guests, Mark Clark Hall Auditorium (Refreshments also served in Bond Hall and Capers Hall)
8 - 8:30 a.m Report to parents by the president, provost/dean of the college, and commandant of cadets, Summerall Chapel
8:30 - 11 a.m Information Center: Sale of luncheon tickets, football tickets, mementos and company pictures, Mark Clark Hall Auditorium
8:45 - 10 a.m Visit barracks, other buildings and facilities. The Citadel Pipe Band will perform at all barracks
9 a.m. 4th Class Squad Drill Competiton on the quadrangle of Law Barracks
9:30 a.m. Band Concert - Summerall Field
10 - 11 a.m Open house for all academic departments
11a.m. Review parade in honor of parents, Summerall Field.
11:30 a.m. Pre and Post-Game Festivities at Holliday Alumni Center sponsored by The Citadel Alumni Association (food will be available for purchase).
Noon Lunch, Coward Mess Hall and Deas Hall (Tickets:$7)

Noon

Parents Prayer Ministry Luncheon, Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall
2 p.m. The 2004 Summerall Guards perform at halftime at The Citadel vs. Elon University football game

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5

9 a.m Protestant (Interdenominational) Worship, Summerall Chapel. Reception to follow on the Mark Clark Hall Patio
10:45 a.m Roman Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel. (Blessing of the Rings)
Noon Episcopal Holy Eucharist, St. Alban's Chapel. (Blessing of the Rings)
6:30 p.m Roman Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, alternate plans for outdoor activities will be announced.

Contact Information  
Cadet Activities Office 843-953-5111
Public Affairs Office 843-953-6779
Athletic Ticket Office 843-953-5121
Alumni Office 843-953-7696

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