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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 10, 2005

 Corps Day 2005 to honor Corps' birthday, retiring president

           Citadel President Maj. Gen. John Grinalds and First Lady Norwood Grinalds will be honored for their service to the college during Corps Day 2005. Gen. Grinalds will retire this summer after eight years as president.

           Corps Day is one of the most highly
attended Citadel weekends for alumni, family and friends. This is 162nd anniversary of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

           Saturday morning's dress parade is in honor of Gen. Grinalds. Mrs. Grinalds along with Regimental Commander Philip Meador will be given a Palmetto Medal, one of the college's highest awards recognizing exceptional performance that reflects great credit on The Citadel and the state of South Carolina.

           The Citadel Corps Day tradition began with the college's inception in 1843 when the first 20 cadets reported for class at the old Citadel on Marion Square in downtown Charleston. It has grown to be one of the college's three largest weekends, which include homecoming and Parents Weekend in the fall.

Thursday, March 10

6:15 p.m. Corps of Cadets' 162nd birthday celebration, Coward Mess Hall
(Not open to public).
7:30 p.m. Cadet Talent Show, McAlister Field House.
(Admission for non-cadets $3).

Friday, March 11

11 a.m.

4th annual Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference poster display.
Daniel Library.
Closes at noon 13 March.

1p.m. Tennis vs. Appalachian State, Earle Tennis Center.
1:30 p.m. Information and sale of mementos, Mark Clark Hall Auditorium.
2 p.m. Citadel Family Association Open Meeting, Bond Hall, Room 165.
3:45 pm Washington Light Infantry review to commemorate the 162nd Anniversary of the Corps of Cadets and to recognize Gold Corps Alumni, Summerall Field.
9 p.m. Corps Day Hop, McAlister Field House. Band: The Maxx.

Saturday, March 12

8 a.m. Information, refreshments, sale of mementos, Mark Clark Hall Auditorium
8:30 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors. Citadel Pipe Band will perform at each barracks. Barracks close at 10 a.m.
9 a.m.

Summerall Guards performance/ Bond Volunteers exchange of rifles
Presentation of Anthony Griffin Sword
resentation of Clubb Award
Summerall Field

10:15 a.m. The Citadel Story - A musical narration of The Citadel's history, Summerall Field
11 a.m. Parade/review for Board of Visitors and Citadel President Maj. Gen. John Grinalds' retirement from the college.
Presentation of Palmetto Medals
Summerall Field

Sunday, March 13

9 a.m. Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel
Reception to follow, Mark Clark Hall patio
10:45 a.m. Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel
Reception to follow, Mark Clark Hall patio
6:30 p.m.

Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel

  Note - Inclement weather schedule for outdoor events will be announced as situation requires.





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