The Citadel’s Parents’ Weekend!
Friday through Sunday – October 7-9, 2022
Welcome to the 2022 Parents’ Day Weekend Parents’ Webpage! It’s a jammed packed weekend, but we hope to provide you with the information you’ll need to plan an enjoyable weekend with your Cadet. So take your time to read through this and the three accompanying pages, consult with your cadet then make your plan. Also keep checking the Parent and Family Portal for updates.
Let’s start with a summary of the General Leave Schedule for the weekend then a summary of each day’s events which begins on Friday, October 7th and goes through Sunday, October 9th. At the end of each page you can click on each day to get a more detailed description of each day and our recommendations.
General Leave Summary
Action Item for Parents and Families: Make sure you verify the times with your cadet
- Seniors leave after their last military duty which for most will be the events surrounding them getting their rings. They will be allowed to stay out overnight.
- Remaining upperclassmen may leave after their last military duty (normally their last class) and stay out until 0100 (1AM).
- Freshmen may leave after their last military duty – which will be after they provide the path for the Seniors’ march to the Chapel – ~1500 (3pm) and remain out until midnight.
Saturday Night: General Leave begins after the football game
- Upperclass to 0100 (1AM)
- Freshmen: 2400 (Midnight)
Note: Cadets authorized overnights can take them Saturday night. Also the times above may be modified by the Commandant and Regimental Commander at the football game, so come and make some noise!
Sunday: You can pick up your cadets as early as 0530 (5:30AM).
- Seniors must return by 2230 (1030PM).
- Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen must return by 1950 (7:50PM).
Daily Events Summary: Don’t forget about the Clear Bag Policy. Although the article only refers to Athletics, it will also be in force at the large events such as the Ring Walkthrough Ceremony on Friday night.
Friday: 7 October 2022
1030-1145 (10:30–11:45AM): The CFA Annual Meeting with special guest speaker, General Glenn Walters, who will provide his update to Parents and Families – Buyer Auditorium, 2nd Floor of Mark Clark Hall
~1445 (2:45PM): Freshmen form up to make a path for the Seniors march to Summerall Chapel. If you intend to watch, please make sure you are not in the way when the freshmen come to form up.
1500-1630 (3-4:30PM): Class of 2022 Ring Presentation Ceremony for Cadets Only – Summerall Chapel. On the way out they will render honors to the War Memorial then head to their company areas.
1700 (5PM): Ring Reception in Deas Hall for Senior Cadets and their familes. This serves as a staging area for those going to the Ring “Walk Through” Ceremony.
1800 (6PM): Sword Arch performance followed by the Ring “Walk-Through” Ceremony.
Saturday: 8 October 2022
0800/8:00AM: 2nd Battalion – Band Rooms open for Band Parents – since they will have other commitments
0830/8:30AM: Barracks Open for all Parents and Families until 1015
0845/8:45AM: Kelly Cup Finals – Padgett-Thomas Barracks Quad – quiet please!
0945/9:45AM: Rifle Legion Performance – Padgett-Thomas Quad
0955/9:55AM: Freshmen Promotion Ceremony (Respective Company Areas)
1015/10:15AM: Barracks closed to visitors
1100/11:00AM: Dress Parade – Jeep Review and Awards Presentation
1200/Noon: Lunch – see more details on the individual days.
1300/1:00PM: Formation and March to the Stadium
1400/2:00PM: Kickoff – Go Dogs! Beat Furman!! Get your tickets HERE!
Sunday: 9 October 2022
General Leave begins at 0530 (5:30AM)
0900 (9AM): General Protestant Worship in Summerall Chapel, which will include a special “Blessing of the Rings” service.
1900 (7PM): Catholic Mass – Summerall Chapel
Weather: This far out, it is too hard to tell what the weather will be like. We are hoping for a beautiful weekend with lots of sunshine so please remember to bring sunscreen and sunglasses. You may want to consider bringing a hat for shade, or better yet, check out the Citadel bookstore for the latest in Citadel headgear!
Shoes: Keep in mind there will be a lot of walking, so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes!
Map: You can find the map of campus by CLICKING HERE.
Handicap Services: CLICK HERE to read our Handicap FAQs
Traffic: Traffic in Charleston can be unpredictable. Worst times are Monday-Friday afternoons. Please plan accordingly, especially for the Friday night “Walk-through” Ceremony. Recommend getting to campus early and enjoying the Ring Reception in Deas Hall.
Parking: Parking on Campus is difficult at best on big weekends like Parents’ Weekend. Saturday is the worst. Traffic will enter through Lesesne Gate and flow around campus until you get to Summerall Gate which is next to Mark Clark Hall. When you exit Summerall Gate you will enter Hampton Park. We have obtained a permit to park in the area of Hampton Park behind Mark Clark Hall for Saturday ONLY – not Friday. If you can’t find a place to park on campus and end up going into Hampton Park on Saturday, Public Safety will be on hand to show you where you can park. If you park in other areas, then you may end up getting a ticket.
The City monitors street parking. If you have to park off campus, make sure you don’t park in a restricted area. There is parking across from Joe Riley Baseball Stadium which the Brigadier Club manages on Saturday. They will open at 7AM – cost is $15 for the day.
Every year we do the best to fit as many cars as we can on campus, and every year we end up running out of space. We strongly recommend using a ride share program like Uber, Lyft or a taxi.
Handicap Parking is available on campus for those vehicle displaying the appropriate credentials. On Friday the handicap parking can be found in the normal areas Handicap Parking areas. On Saturday we add additional handicap parking along the Avenue of Remembrance.
Saturday is a pretty full day. Make sure you get some rest Friday night, arrive hydrated and know where you want to be and when. Have a plan that you and your cadet have agreed on. Know where you will meet and when – and if they get held up, make sure they let you know.
For each day’s events and recommendations, please click on the links below:
And remember to check the Parent and Family Portal for updates!
Have a Great Weekend!