Three major events combine for one high-impact leadership learning weekend
Three of the most important events occurring each spring at The Citadel will come together to comprise one momentous weekend in 2017. The 10th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium, Corps Day, and Recognition Day for The Citadel Class of 2020 will all take place March 16 – 19. SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS HERE.
(Some items on the schedule are tentative and some times may change)
10th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium: Resilience in a Changing World
The South Carolina Corps of cadets, student delegates from the service academies, senior military and local colleges, faculty, staff, alumni and other special guests will gather to attend the symposium. It will take place Thurs., March 16 and Fri., March 17. The 2017 theme is “Resilience in a Changing World.”
"The symposium provides cadets with the chance to connect with students from other universities and military organizations to engage in highly focused discussions about various aspects of leadership,” said Regimental Public Affairs Officer Alexandria Guild. “Many cadets are already serving as leaders within the Corps, so learning about leadership is a daily process here. We’re preparing to work as leaders in the military, public service, or business sectors and we need to possess strategies to help us adapt in this rapidly changing global landscape, which is what the symposium offers.”
The symposium, planned by the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, features leadership learning opportunities through distinguished leader panels presented by The Citadel’s five schools, presentations by notable speakers, and high-impact presentations by cadets and students on their research, civic engagement, and international education experiences.
Some key highlights will include:
- NASA panel on resilience in space exploration, including astronauts and scientists
- Greater Issues Series presentation by Steve Cannon, chief executive officer, AMB Group, which owns the Atlanta Falcons, the PGA TOUR Superstore and other business operations. He was formerly the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA
- Panel on 50th anniversary of the first African American cadet in the Corps
- Panel on 20th anniversary of the first woman cadet to graduate from The Citadel
The full symposium itinerary will be available soon on the Krause Center website here.
Additionally, The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics (CASM) Awards Banquet will be held in conjunction with the symposium, at 5:30 p.m. on March 16, at the Francis Marion Hotel. The goal of CASM is to foster an enhanced awareness of the Science and Mathematics mission of The Citadel, as well as a sense of pride about alumni, cadet, student and faculty accomplishments. The 2017 inductees are: Col. Charles R. Ball, USA (Ret.), Citadel Class of 1976; Lt. Gen. Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.) Citadel Class of 1966; Samuel P. McManus, Ph.D., Citadel Class of 1960; Joel C. Berlinghieri, Ph.D., Citadel Physics Department Head; and Shankar Banik, Ph.D., director of computer science and co-director for The Citadel Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies. Information about purchasing the $75 per person tickets can be found by clicking here.
Corps Day Weekend: 174th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets
Corps Day Weekend is the annual recognition of the beginning of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. It is normally held in conjunction with the Principled Leadership Symposium and is one of the most highly attended events at the college. It begins March 16 with a lunchtime birthday celebration during which the President of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa will speak and a cake presentation will be held (not open to the public).
Corps Day Weekend events that are open to friends, family and the community include the spring Blue and White Bulldogs (exhibition) football game at Johnson Hagood Stadium, at 6 p.m. on Friday which is free to attend. On Saturday visitors can enjoy open barracks with performances by The Citadel Pipe Band from 8 - 9:30 a.m., the Summerall Guards' rifle exchange and awards presentations from 8:30 - 9:30a.m., and a dress parade and medals presentation from 10 - 10:45 a.m., among other events.
Recognition Day events
"Recognition Day marks the end of a freshman’s very challenging training period before officially being recognized as a cadet in the Corps. It is a pivotal and unforgettable moment in the college career of a cadet at The Citadel,” said South Carolina Corps of Cadets Regimental Commander Kevin MacDonald.
Recognition Day will be held on Sat., March 18, with rigorous physical team challenges during what is known as The Gauntlet. The day will culminate with the iconic freshmen march departing at approximately 2:30 p.m. from The Citadel’s Lesesne Gate to Marion Square, the original location of the college. Hundreds of people line the streets to cheer for the freshmen as they march, dressed in brilliant white uniforms, to attend The Oath Renewal on The Citadel Green ceremony. The green at Marion Square was the original parade ground for The Citadel when it was founded in 1842 in the structure that is now the Embassy Suites hotel.
Sunday Religions Services
The activities conclude Sunday, with a variety of optional religious services for cadets and their visitors, both on and off campus. For a complete list of options and contact information, please click here.
**Parents and families can find additional details on the Parents webpage.**