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Pass Through The Ring

Friday, 4 October 2019

All who plan to walk through the ring are invited to the Ring Reception in Deas Hall prior to their scheduled walk through time. Here there will be light snacks and drinks available. At this function, you and your guests will have a chance to visit before you move on to the Ring Ceremony on the first floor.

Cadets will walk through the ring one time only and with their presently assigned company, except for cadets on Regimental or Battalion staff who will walk through with their home company.  Cadets may be accompanied by up to two guests through the ring.  All other guests may observe the ceremony from the MFH bleachers.  Cadets and guests are advised against carrying items such as hats and purses with them through the ring. 

At twenty minutes before their scheduled walk-through, Mrs. Milner will escort each company to the ring card/rose table on the first floor. Cadets will walk through the ring according to the schedule below.

  • 1800 - Junior Sword Arch performance
  • 1815 - Regimental Commander, Regimental Deputy Commander, Regimental XO, Senior Class President, Regimental Engagement/Activities Officer    
  • 1820 - Senior Football Players
  • 1825 - Companies begin to walk through ring in order at times below.
5th BN 3rd BN 2nd BN 4th BN 1st BN
1825 - V 1845 - I 1905 - G 1930 - N 1950 - A
1830 - S 1850 - K 1910 - E 1935 - O 1955 - B
1835 - PB 1855 - L 1915 - F 1940 - R 2000 - C
1840 - P 1900 - M 1920 - H 1945 - T 2005 - D
    1925 - BD    

From those who do not attend the reception, you will report to the back hall of McAlister Field House (next to Vandiver Hall). Please enter through the north door, across from Deas Hall. Seniors and the individuals they will escort through the ring will report to the card/rose table and check in with the people manning that station. At that time, you will verify the information on your card and give your rose to your guest. As you move up in line, you will come to SFC Rich at the podium. Give him your card. You will not need to talk to the reader unless he or she asks you to clarify the pronunciation of your name. SFC Rich will direct you to a cadet usher who will tell you when it is time to go through the ring.

As you approach the ring: 

  • Male cadets:  If you are escorting a female, she should be on your right.  If you are escorting two females, one should be on each side with the more senior on your right.
  • Female cadets:  If you have a male escort, he should be on your left.  If you have two male escorts, one should be on each side with the more senior on the right.

Gentlemen will offer their arm to ladies, and on the usher’s signal you will move to the ring.  When you step in to the ring, stop, look to your right, and smile for your photograph.

After your photograph has been taken, move directly through the arch.  Do not stop or slow down to bang breastplates or perform other acts of self-aggrandizement while moving through the arch.  Upon exiting the arch, turn right and shake hands with the President and other dignitaries.   The replica of the ring will be available after the event for those that want to take additional pictures.

Gentlemen will offer their arm to ladies, and on the usher’s signal you will move to the ring.  When you step in to the ring, stop, look to your right, and smile for your photograph.

After your photograph has been taken, move directly through the arch.  Do not stop or slow down to bang breastplates or perform other acts of self-aggrandizement while moving through the arch.  Upon exiting the arch, turn right and shake hands with the President and other dignitaries.   The replica of the ring will be available after the event for those that want to take additional pictures.

There are THREE events involving your ring.

TIME EVENT LOCATION OFFICE IN CHARGE ATTIRE
1pm (1300) Ring Presentation McAlister Field House, arena Citadel Alumni Office business casual
5pm (1700) Ring Reception Deas Hall Cadet Activities formal
6pm (1800) Ring Ceremony McAlister Field House, arena Cadet Activities formal

 

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