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Citadel News Service
21 Aug 2009

Parents' Weekend 2009 will be filled with activities

Parents' Weekend 2009 activities will kick off on Friday, Oct. 23 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 25 at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.


Highlights of the weekend inlcude the presentation of class rings to seniors and the promotion of freshmen from cadet recruits to cadet privates followed by their official induction into the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Parents from across the country and the globe are expected on campus for the biggest of four major weekends celebrated each year. The others are Homecoming, Corps Days and Graduation Week.

"While it may seem that most of the activity is oriented toward freshmen or seniors, all parents will benefit from attending Parents’ Weekend and I encourage you to join us," said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.

All academic departments will host open houses on Friday and on Saturday parents and families will be able to go inside the barracks to visit cadet rooms, watch the Kelly Cup competition, hear the Regimental Pipes perform along with many other activities.

"As the first major event each year, Parents’ Weekend represents a milestone, especially for members of the fourth and first classes," Rosa said. "My wife Donna and I treasure the memory of walking through the ring when I was a senior cadet in 1972, and we have special memories of Parents’ Weekend when our son, Brad, was a cadet and received his ring. I hope you will join us and create some special memories of your own."

Here is a list of Parents' Weekend activities:

Friday, 23 October 2009

12:45 p.m. 1st Class procession piped to McAlister Field House by The Citadel Pipe Band
1 p.m. Presentation of class rings to the Class of 2010, McAlister Field House
1-2:30  p.m.          Academic Department Open House, Click here for locations.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences art exhibition and opening reception featuring works chosen by cadets, Capers Hall Lobby
1-3:30 p.m. Parents’ Information Reception, Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
3:30 p.m. Report to parents by the President, Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
4 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Elon University, Washington Light Infantry Field
6-9 p.m. Ring Ceremony, McAlister Field House
8:30-11:30 p.m. Ring and Parents’ Weekend Hop, Deas Hall

Saturday, 24 October 2009

8-11 a.m. Information Center: Coffee and juice for parents and guests, sale of lunch tickets, mementos and company pictures Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.
Football tickets will be available at box office at McAlister Field House and Johnson Hagood Stadium.
8:30-10:15 a.m. Barracks open to parents. The Citadel Pipe Band performs at all barracks
8:45-9:15 a.m. Kelly Cup Competition on Padgett-Thomas Barracks quad
9:15-9:30 am 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
10:30-10:45 am Carillon Concert
11-11:45 a.m. Review, Summerall Field 
Includes 4th Class Acceptance, awards presentations (Kelly Cup, Cadre Leadership Award, and Regimental Commander’s Bowl)
Inclement weather: Review cancelled and awards presented at next parade
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-12:45 pm Family style lunch, Coward Mess Hall
Box Lunch, Deas Hall
Tickets $8 each. Must be purchased in advance. Click here for information on ordering lunch ickets in advance.
1:30 pm The Corps of Cadets marches to Johnson Hagood Stadium
2 p.m. The Citadel vs. Furman University football game. The 2010
Summerall Guards perform at halftime
7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Elon University, McAlister Field House

Sunday 25 October 2009 

9 a.m. Protestant (Interdenominational) Worship, Summerall Chapel
10:00 a.m. 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
  Episcopal Communion Service, St. Alban’s Chapel (Blessing of the Rings)
1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. UNC Greensboro, Washington Light Infantry Field
2 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. UNC Greensboro, McAlister Field House

Note: In the event of inclement weather, alternate plans for outdoor activities will be announced.


Additional Parents' Weekend information for families and visitors can be found by clicking here.

Contact Information

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