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Citadel News Service
25 Aug 2011

The Citadel Parents' Weekend set for Oct. 14-16, 2011

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


Parents 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.

Parents 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 milestones, 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: 

Friday, Oct. 14  
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 2012
McAlister Field House
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
6-9 p.m. Ring Ceremony
McAlister Field House
8-11 p.m. Ring and Parents' Weekend Hop
Deas Hall
More information for parents
Saturday, Oct. 15  
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

9:15 - 9:30 p.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 baracks

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 p.m. Rifle Match, Marksmanship Center
1:30 p.m. The Corps of Cadets marches to Johnson Hagood Stadium
2 p.m.

The Citadel vs. Appalachian State University football game
The 2012 Summerall Guards perform at halftime
Football tickets available at McAlister Field House on Friday and at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday
Ticket information

Sunday, Oct. 16  
9 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass, Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel
Episcopal Service, Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall
Combined reception immediately after services in the Reception Room in Mark Clark Hall


 In the event of inclement weather, alternate plans for outside activities will be announced. Schedule is subject to change. 

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:
Kim Keelor-Parker
(843) 953-2155

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