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Citadel News Service
23 Mar 2007

Commencement 2007 - General Information

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General Information

This guide has been specially prepared for the families of students who will be participating in commencement exercises  for the Corps of Cadets and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) – and for the graduates. This information answers most of the commonly asked questions and gives a detailed schedule of all Commencement Week events.

If, after reading this information, you still have specific questions, please contact:

Cadet Events Public Affairs 843.953.6779
Cadet tickets for commencement Cadet Activities 843.953.5111
CGPS events and seating College of Graduate and Professional Studies 843.953.5089
Parking and traffic Public Safety 843.953.5114

Admission Tickets

Admission tickets are required only for the Corps of Cadets commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2007. Ten (10) reserved seating tickets will be distributed to each cadet in mid April. Requests for additional tickets will be placed on a waiting list. Contact Cadet Activities after April 2 for wait list placement. Extra tickets will be available after April 30. More information.

December graduates and fifth-year seniors off campus need to contact Cadet Activities for tickets beginning April 16. An annoucement or invitiation is not a ticket for admission to commencement. Tickets are not required for the baccalaureate service in Summerall Chapel, however, seating is limited. Arrive early.

What to wear

The importance of the week’s ceremonies will dictate the dress for specific events. The weather should be considered when packing. Although not required, a coat and tie for gentlemen would be appropriate for commencement exercises. Casual attire is appropriate for most other events.

Food, beverages and shopping

The Snack Bar, located to the left of Mark Clark Hall, offers a wide variety of quick foods, breakfast items and hot meals. The Gift Shop, located at the front entrance of Mark Clark Hall and in the Holliday Alumni Center, provides numerous shopping opportunities for Citadel families and friends.

No food or beverages may be brought into McAlister Field House for the Corps of Cadets or CGPS commencement exercises, the baccalaureate service or commissioning ceremonies in Summerall Chapel.

Handicapped guests

Handicapped seating at commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies will be in a special area on the main floor of the field house. For questions regarding handicapped seating at Corps of Cadets commencement, contact Cadet Activities at 843.953.5111. For CGPS commencement handicapped seating, contact CGPS at 843.953.5089.

Parking and shuttles

On-campus handicapped parking will be available for all events. For information concerning handicapped parking, contact Public Safety at 843.953.5114.

 As with most major events on campus, parking will be at a premium for commencement week. A campus map shows on- and off-campus parking areas. Public Safety officers and cadet traffic details will direct you to the closest available spaces.

Driving directions to campus

Campus shuttle vans will operate from near Johnson Hagood Stadium to the campus for the cadet commencement exercises Saturday morning. No parking is allowed in Hampton Park. The city of Charleston will issue citations for illegal parking in the park.


The Citadel has contracted with a professional photographer to take color pictures of each individual receiving a diploma. Graduates will be contacted by the firm concerning the purchase of photos.

The Citadel Alumni Association (843.953.7696) will offer video highlights of the week’s cadet activities. Information on purchase of these videotapes will be sent to cadet families. Families are asked not to come forward to take family snapshots or video during commencement exercises or commissioning ceremonies.


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Media Contact:
Kim Keelor-Parker
(843) 953-2155

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