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Commencement Week 2005
Information for parents 

           This information answers most of the commonly asked questions about Commencement Week events.

           IMPORTANT NOTE: The commencement schedule is subject to change on short notice. All commencement participants and attendees are asked to regularly check The Citadel home page headlines and the commencement web pages for changes prior to commencement day.

             Click here for a PDF version of the detailed Commencement Guide that is being mailed to you.    

             Admission Tickets: Admission Tickets are required only for commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets on Saturday, May 7. Ten (10) tickets will be distributed to each cadet. December graduates and fifth-year seniors off campus need to contact Cadet Activities for tickets beginning April 18. Although not requiring a ticket, there is limited seating at the Baccalaureate Service in Summerall Chapel.

           Dress: The importance of the week¹s ceremonies will dictate the dress for specific events. The weather should be considered when packing. Although not required, a coat and tie for gentlemen would be appropriate for the Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises. Casual attire is appropriate for most other events.

           Food/Beverages and Shopping: The Snack Bar, located to the left of Mark Clark Hall, offers a wide variety of quick foods, breakfast items and hot meals. The Gift Shop, located at the front entrance of Mark Clark Hall and in the Holliday Alumni Center, provides numerous shopping opportunities for Citadel families and friends. Extended hours of each facility for Commencement Week will be posted. No food or beverages may be brought into McAlister Field House for the Corps of Cadets or CGPS commencement exercises nor to the baccalaureate service or commissioning ceremonies in Summerall Chapel.

           Handicapped Guests: Handicapped seating at commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies will be in a special area on the main floor of the field house. For questions regarding handicapped seating, contact Cadet Activities or CGPS at the numbers above. On-campus handicapped parking will be available for all events.

           Photography: The Citadel has contracted with a professional photographer to take color pictures of each individual receiving a diploma. Graduates will be contacted by the firm concerning the purchase of photos. The Citadel Alumni Association (843.953.7696) will offer video highlights of the week's cadet activities. Information on purchase of these videotapes will be sent to cadet families. Families are asked not to come forward to take family snapshots or video during commencement exercises or commissioning ceremonies.

           Parking: As with most major events on campus, parking will be at a premium for commencement week. A campus map showing on- and off-campus parking areas is included in this guide. Public Safety officers and cadet traffic details will direct you to the closest available spaces. Campus shuttle vans will operate from near Johnson Hagood Stadium to the campus for CGPS commencement exercises Sunday, May 1 and for the Cadet Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 7. No parking is allowed in Hampton Park. The City of Charleston can issue tickets to vehicles parked illegally in the park. For information concerning handicapped parking, contact Public Safety.

Map of available parking

(Click here for a larger view of this map.)

         For specific questions, please contact:

CGPS seating and events Graduate & Professional Studies 843.953.5089
Parking Public Safety 843.953.5114
General information/media queries Public Affairs 843.953.6779
Cadet Commencement/events/seating Cadet Activities 843.953.5111



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