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Citadel News Service
27 Aug 2008

Parents' Weeknd Information Headquarters

Parents' Weekend 
Oct. 10-12, 2008

General Information

INFORMATION CENTER: Mark Clark Hall will be your Parents’ Weekend 2008 Information Center. Please come by the Buyer Auditorium, located on the second floor between 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. You will be able to purchase luncheon tickets, company pictures and Citadel mementos during this time. On Friday Oct. 10, football game tickets will be on sale at the McAlister Field House Ticket Office. Saturday you will be able to purchase football tickets at the Information Center in Mark Clark Hall. Please call the Department of Cadet Activities 843 -953-5111 or the Athletic Ticket Office 843-953-7181 if you have any questions.

PARKING: Please obey all campus parking and speed limit regulations. CAUTION: In Hampton Park the speed limit is 20 mph and parking is not allowed. Parking on campus is very limited; however, off campus parking areas within walking distance will be set up. A shuttle service will be provided to remote parking areas off campus on Saturday morning. Please do not park in the numbered/named spaces around the stadium, the Holliday Alumni Center, reserved campus lots, or in numbered cadet spaces. Vehicles in spaces reserved for the disabled are required to prominently display a disability access parking placard. For specific information about parking, call the Public Safety Office at 843-953-5114.

ACCOMODATIONS: Holiday Inn – Charleston Riverview 800-766-4451 ext. 7201, 
Charleston Marriott - 1.800.968-3569 or 1.843.723.3000
Homewood Suites by Hilton – 1.800.225.5466 or 843.881.6950
Best Western Charleston - 1.888.377.2121 or 843.722.4000; 
Holiday Inn, Charleston Riverview 1.800.766.4451 or 843.556.7100
Holiday Inn, Mount Pleasant 800.290.4004 or 843.884.6000
Hawthorn Suites – 800.527.1113 or 843.225.4411
Comfort Inn Riverview 843-577-2224.
For additional listings contact the Department of Cadet Activities at 843-953-4875

WEEKEND ATTIRE: Casual dress is in order for all events except the Friday evening Ring Ceremony and Hop, which are formal for participants. Ladies usually wear long or tea length dresses. Dark business suits or tuxedos are appropriate for gentlemen for the ceremony and hop. Although the weather is usually warm during the day, please include a sweater, wrap or jacket for evening activities.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled. However, scheduled ceremonies or presentations may be moved to another location. Current schedules will be available at the Information Center in Buyer Auditorium and at


FRIDAY SENIOR LUNCH: Prior to the Presentation of Rings, at nooon seniors will have the opportunity to have lunch with their parents and their mentee knob in Coward Hall.

PRESENTATION OF RINGS: On Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm, members of the First Class will receive their class rings in a ceremony in McAlister Field House. For additional information, contact the Holliday Alumni Center at 843-953-7696.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTAL OPEN HOUSES: Faculty representatives will be available to meet with the parents in their respective departments from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

PARENTS’ INFORMATION RECEPTION:  1-4 p.m. Friday in the Reception Room, Mark Clark Hall. A photographer will be there with company pictures. Also available for purchase will be football tickets and lunch tickets.

REPORT TO PARENTS BY THE PRESIDENT: The president will address parents at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.

RING CEREMONY: At 6 p.m. Friday members of the First Class, their dates and families will participate in the traditional Ring Ceremony in McAlister Field House. Parents of seniors participating in the ceremony should check with their cadet for a specific time that their company will be going through the ring. All cadets, their families and guests are invited to attend. This is a formal evening for cadets and a wonderful opportunity for treasured family photos. A professional photographer will take a picture of every cadet as they come through the ring. Ring ceremony photos will be mailed to parents and should be available after Nov. 15. Carriage rides around campus will also be offered at no charge. Further information/instructions can be found by clicking here.

RING/PARENTS’ WEEKEND HOP: The Department of Cadet Activities will host a hop (dance) ffrom 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday in Deas Hall featuring the band Liquid Pleasure

COMPANY PHOTOS: Photos will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Mark Clark Hall Reception Room. On Saturday morning the photographer will be in Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.

MORNING COFFEE: We invite you on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. to stop in for coffee, juice and pastries in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall.

OPEN BARRACKS: One of our most popular Parents’ Weekend events is the opportunity to visit the five barracks on Saturday between 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Cadet rooms will open and The Citadel Pipe Band will perform at all of the barracks. There will be a Fourth Class Squad Drill Competition (Kelly Cup) on the quadrangle of Padgett-Thomas Barracks (Second Battalion). Other buildings and facilities will also be open.

CADET EVENTS: On Saturday morning The Citadel Regimental Band will present a concert on Summerall Field and 4th Class Squad Drill Competition will be held in Padgett-Thomas Barracks. At 10 a.m. there will be a Fourth Class promotion ceremony in all barracks.

DRESS PARADE: There will be a parade honoring parents and grandparents at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

LUNCH: A one-time sitting, family style lunch will be served at noon on Saturday in Coward Hall. There will also be a box lunch in Deas Hall immediately following parade. Entrance to both will be by ticket only. Tickets will be available in advance and will be on sale Friday and Saturday in Mark Clark Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children between 3 and 12. No charge for cadets, but they will need a ticket. For additional information, contact Cadet Activities at 843-953-5111. Also available will be a tailgate lunch served in the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., across from the football stadium. For further information, contact the Holliday Alumni Center at 843-953-7696.

ATHLETIC EVENTS: The Citadel will compete against Elon University 2 p.m. Saturday. Halftime activities will feature the 2009 Summerall Guards. This game traditionally draws a large crowd and we suggest that you order your tickets (either reserved or general admission) early from The Citadel Athletic Ticket Office (843) 953-7181. The Citadel’s soccer team will compete at 4 p.m. Friday against Georgia Southern at the Washington Light Infantry Field.


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