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Citadel News Service
27 Aug 2008

Parents' Weekend 2008

Parents from near and far will travel to Charleston and The Citadel Oct. 10-12 for Parents' Weekend 2008.



“Parents’ Weekend is an exciting time for everyone in The Citadel family. There is something for everyone to do and we invite the Charleston community to join us for parades and football, or just come visit the campus for an afternoon," said Lt. Col. Robert Sberna, director of cadet activities. The Department of Cadet Activities is Parents' Weekend central and is located in Mark Clark Hall.

"We are looking forward to our freshman parents returning for the first time since dropping their children off in August. It will be a proud moment for us and them - the knobs will be promoted during the weekend’s festivities," Sberna said. "And we are equally thrilled for our seniors who will mark another milestone in their cadet careers when they receive their rings.”

For the second year the presentation of senior rings will take place in McAlister Field House. The new venue eliminates the need for admission tickets, allowing cadets to invite as many family and friends as they like to attend.

The other major event of the weekend is the promotion of freshmen from cadet recruits to cadet privates and their induction in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

In addition, parents are invited to the annual reception with Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of the college; his wife, Donna, and members of the college's staff and faculty. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus and become more familiar with The Citadel, its history and traditions. We look forward to seeing you.

Schedule is subject to change. Please check back often and visit for up-to-date information about Parents Weekend.

Friday, Oct. 10 


12:45 p.m. First Class (seniors) procession to McAlister Field House led by The Citadel Pipe Band
1 p.m. Presentation of class rings to the Class of 2009, McAlister Field House
1-2:30 p.m. Academic Department Open Houses. Click here for locations.
1-4 p.m. Parents’ Information Reception, Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
3:30 p.m. Report to parents by the Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president; 
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
4 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Georgia Southern, Washington Light Infantry Field
6-9 p.m. Ring Ceremony, McAlister Field House
8-11:30 p.m. Ring and Parents’ Weekend Hop, featuring Liquid Pleasure, Deas Hall

 Saturday, Oct. 11


8-11 a.m.  

Parents' Weekend Information Center
Coffee, juice and pastries for parents and guests.
Lunch ticket sales. Forms for advance orders of lunch tickets will be mailed to all parents. Click here to print out an online form.
Football tickets, mementos and company pictures will also be available for sale.
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

8:30-10:15 a.m.

Barracks open to parents. The Citadel Pipe Band performs at all barracks
8:45-9:15 a.m. Fourth Class Squad Drill Competition (Kelly Cup)
Padgett-Thomas Barracks quad
9:15-9:30 a.m. Rifle Legion Performance
Padgett-Thomas Barracks quad
9:30-10 a.m. Regimental Band Concert
Summerall Field
10 a.m. 4th Class Promotion
All barracks
10:30-10:50 a.m. Carillon Concert
11 a.m. Military Dress Parade
Summerall Field
Includes Fourth Class (freshman) Induction, awards presentations 
Inclement weather: Review cancelled and awards presentation relocated to Summerall Chapel
11-11:30 a.m. Pre and post-game festivities
Holliday Alumni Center. Sponsored by The Citadel Alumni Association, food will be available for purchase. Open to parents as well as alumni.
Noon Parents’ Prayer Ministry Luncheon
Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall. 
For reservations call 843-953-5049
Noon-12:45 a.m. Family style lunch, Coward Mess Hall 
Box Lunch, Deas Hall 
Tickets $8 each. Click here for the advance order form. Must be purchased in advance.
1:30 p.m. The Corps of Cadets marches to Johnson Hagood Stadium
2 p.m. The Citadel vs. Elon University football game. The 2009 Summerall Guards perform at halftime

Sunday, Oct. 12


9 a.m.      Protestant (interdenominational) Worship, Summerall Chapel
Reception in Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
10:45 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel (Blessing of the Rings)
11:15 a.m. Episcopal Reception, Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
Noon Catholic Reception, Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
Noon Episcopal Communion Service, St. Alban’s Chapel (Blessing of the Rings)

Schedule is subject to change. Please check back often and visit for up-to-date information about Parents Weekend.

Contact Information


Cadet Activities Office  843-953-5111 
External Affairs Office  843-953-6779
Athletic Ticket Office  843-953-7181 
Alumni Office  843-953-7696 



Parents' Weekend General Information

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