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Citadel News Service
21 Aug 2009

Parents' Weekend information for families and visitors

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The Citadel invites you to campus October 23-25 to join in our annual Parents’ Weekend festivities. Highlights of the weekend will be the presentation of class rings to the First Class cadets, the ring ceremony and hop on Friday evening, a military dress parade honoring parents on Saturday morning, and a home football game on Saturday afternoon. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus, meet faculty, staff, and administrators, and become more familiar with The Citadel, its history and traditions.

General Information

INFORMATION CENTER: Mark Clark Hall will be your Parents’ Weekend 2009 Information Center. Please come by the Buyer Auditorium, located on the second floor between 8 and 11 a.m. on Saturday. You will be able to purchase luncheon tickets, company pictures and Citadel mementos during this time. On Friday, 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 box offices at McAlister Field House and Johnson Hagood Stadium. 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: Ansonborough Inn 843-723-1655 or 1-800-522-2073 (; Hilton Garden Inn 843-308-9330 ( ; Holiday Inn – International Blvd. 843-576-0300 ( ; Comfort Inn Riverview 843-577-2224; Hawthorn Suites 800-527-1133 or 843-225-4411 ( ; Holiday Inn – Charleston Riverview 1- 800-766-4451; Charleston Marriott 843-723-3000; Homewood Suites by Hilton 1-800-225-5466 or 843-881-6950 and Homewood Suites North Charleston 843-735-5000; Best Western Charleston 1-888-377-2121 or 843-722-4000. For additional listings contact the Department of Cadet Activities at 843-953-5111.

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: At noon Friday seniors will have the opportunity to have lunch with their parents and their mentee knob in Coward Hall.

PRESENTATION OF RINGS: At 1 p.m. Friday, members of the First Class will receive their class rings in a ceremony in McAlister Field House. For additional information, contact The Citadel Alumni Association ring office at 843-953-7696.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTAL OPEN HOUSES: Faculty representatives will be available to meet with the parents in their respective departments from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday. Click here for locations.

PARENTS’ INFORMATION RECEPTION: The information center will be open from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the reception room in Mark Clark Hall. A photographer will be there with company pictures. Lunch tickets will also be on sale. Football tickets will be available at the box offices at McAlister Field House and Johnson Hagood Stadium.

REPORT TO PARENTS BY THE PRESIDENT: The president will address parents at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Buyer Auditorium in 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 held in McAlister Field House. Parents of seniors participating in the ceremony should check with their cadet for the exact 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 November 23. Carriage rides around campus will also be offered at no charge. Further information and instructions can be found by clicking here.

RING/PARENTS’ WEEKEND HOP: The Department of Cadet Activities will host a hop (dance) from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in Deas Hall. For more information about the ring hop, click here.

COMPANY PHOTOS: Photos will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Mark Clark Hall Reception Room. On Saturday morning the photographer will be in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall.

MORNING COFFEE: We invite you on Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. to stop in for coffee and juice in Buyer Auditorium.
OPEN BARRACKS: One of our most popular Parents’ Weekend events is the opportunity to visit the five barracks on Saturday. Barracks are open from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Cadets’ rooms will open for your “inspection” and The Citadel Pipe Band will perform at all of the barracks. Other buildings and facilities will also be open to you.

CADET EVENTS: On Saturday morning, The Citadel Regimental Band will present a concert on Summerall Field and the Kelly Cup Competition will be held in Padgett-Thomas Barracks (Second Battalion). At 10 a.m. there will be a Fourth Class promotion ceremony in all barracks.

DRESS PARADE: The military dress parade honoring parents and grandparents begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on Summerall Field.

LUNCH: A one-time sitting, family style lunch will be served at noon Saturday in Coward Hall. A box lunch will be served in Deas Hall immediately following parade. Entrance to both will be by ticket only. Tickets are available by advance order and will be on sale Friday and Saturday in Mark Clark Hall. Tickets are $8 and free for children under 3 years old. No charge for cadets, but they will need a ticket.

For additional information, contact Cadet Activities at 843-953-5111. A tailgate lunch will also be served at the Holliday Alumni Center across from the football stadium. For further information, contact The Citadel Alumni Association at 843-953-7696.

ATHLETIC EVENTS: The Bulldog football team goes up against Furman University at 2 p.m. Saturday. Halftime activities will feature the 2010 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 at 843-953-7181. The Citadel’s soccer team will play at 4 p.m. Friday against Elon University and at 1 p.m. on Sunday against UNC Greensboro on the Washington Light Infantry Field. On Saturday at 7 p.m. The Citadel’s volleyball team will play Elon University and at 2 p.m. on Sunday against UNC Greensboro in the McAlister Field House.

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 Center 843-953-7696

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