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Citadel News Service
28 Aug 2012

Parents Weekend 2012 to be filled with milestones

The Citadel will welcome parents to campus in October for the annual Parents' Weekend celebration.

fb citadel_01505579Families, friends and alumni from across the country and around the globe are expected on campus for the biggest of the college's four major weekends celebrated each year. The others are Homecoming, Corps Days and Graduation Week.

Parents' Weekend is filled with pomp and circumstance and milestones worth celebrating - from the promotion of the freshmen to cadet privates and their induction to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets to the presentation of class rings to the seniors. And, of course, it's all about parents getting a chance to spend time with their cadets, visit the campus and learn more about how the college develops principled leaders.

In addition to the Saturday morning military dress parade in honor of all parents, 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 Band and Pipes perform and take part in many other activities, including that afternoon's football game.

Here is a list of Parents' Weekend activities. Schedule is subject to change. Changes due to weather will be announced on this page and on

Friday, Oct. 12
12:55 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 2013
McAlister Field House
Replay the webcast
1-2:30 p.m.

Academic Department Open Houses
Locations click here

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. Soccer vs. Samford, WLI Field
6-9 p.m. Ring Ceremony
McAlister Field House
8-11 p.m. Ring and Parents' Weekend Hop
Deas Hall
Saturday, Oct. 13
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Information Center: Coffee and juice for parents and guests, sale of mementos and company pictures
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.

Kelly Cup Competition
Padgett-Thomas Barracks
Inclement weather: McAlister Field House

9:30 - 10 a.m. Regimental Band Concert
Summerall Field
10:10 a.m.

4th Class Promotion
All barracks

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Carillon Concert
11-11:45 a.m. Military Dress Parade in honor of parents
Summerall Field
Includes 4th Class Acceptance, awards presentations (Kelly Cup, Cadre Leadership Award, and Regimental Commander’s Bowl)
Inclement weather: Parade 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 p.m.

Family style lunch, Coward Mess Hall
Box Lunch, Deas Hall
Tickets $10 each and may be purchase from 1-3:30 p.m. on Friday in Mark Clark Hall and from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday in the Coward Hall Main Dining Room, or until tickets are sold out.
Tickets can be ordered in advance using this form.
Cadets are free but need a ticket to redeem.

1:30 p.m. The Corps of Cadets marches to Johnson Hagood Stadium
2 p.m.

The Citadel vs. Western Carolina football game
The 2013 Summerall Guards perform at halftime
Football tickets available at McAlister Field House on Friday and at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday
Ticket information

7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Samford, McAlister Field House

Sunday, Oct. 14
9 a.m.

Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel

Episcopal Service (Blessing of the Rings), Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall. Reception to follow in Mark Clark Hall.

10:45 a.m.

Roman Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel. Reception to follow in Mark Clark Hall

2 p.m.

Soccer vs. Chattanooga, WLI Field

3 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Chattanooga, McAlister Field House

Contact information

Cadet Activities 843-953-5111
Lunch Ticket information 843-953-5055
External Affairs Office 843-953-6779
Athletic Ticket Office 843-953-3647
Class Rings/Alumni Association 843-953-7696

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Media Contact:
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(843) 953-2155

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