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Citadel News Service
14 Feb 2007

Corps Day Weekend 2007

The Citadel will celebrate the 164th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Thursday March 15 through Sunday, March 18.

One of the most highly attended Citadel attractions, Corps Day Weekend feature dress parades, awards presentations, cadet performances and athletic events. A highlight is the mess hall birthday celebration in which the oldest alumnus and the youngest cadet have cake cutting honors.

The Corps Day tradition began with the college's inception. Founded by statute in 1842, the first 20 cadets reported for class at the old Citadel on Marion Square in downtown Charleston in 1843. The campus moved to its current location on the banks of the Ashley River in 1922.

Following is the weekend's schedule of events: 

Thursday, March 15

 6:15 p.m. South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ 164th birthday celebration, Coward Mess Hall. (Not open to public)
 7:30 p.m. The Cadet Talent Show, McAlister Field House. Admission for non-cadets $3)

Friday, March 16

11 a.m. Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. Student posters on display until March 18. Authors present from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Information and sale of mementos, Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.
2 p.m. Tennis vs. Appalachian State, Tennis Center.
3:15 p.m.  

Rifle Legion Performance, Summerall Field.

3:45 p.m. Washington Light Infantry to commemorate the 164th anniversary of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. This military dress parade also will recognize alumni celebrating their 50th reunion year. Summerall Field.
6 p.m. Baseball vs. East Illinois, Joe Riley Park.
9 p.m. Corps Day Hop, featuring the band Rubberband, McAlister Field House.

Saturday, March 17

8 a.m. Information, refreshments, sale of mementos, Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.
8:30 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors. Citadel Pipe Band will perform at each barracks. Barracks close at 10 a.m.
9 a.m. 2007 Summerall Guards final performance/ Bond Volunteers exchange of rifles, presentation of Anthony Griffin Sword and Clubb Award, Summerall Field.
10:15 a.m. The Citadel Story – A musical narration of the history of The Citadel, Summerall Field.
11 a.m. Military dress parade, review for Board of Visitors . Palmetto Medal presentations, Summerall Field
1:30 p.m. Blue and White football game, Johnson Hagood Stadium.
2 p.m. Baseball vs. East Illinois, Joe Riley Park.
2-5 p.m. Innouye Marksmanship Center open to visitors.

Sunday, March 18
9 a.m. Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel. Reception to follow, Mark Clark Hall patio.
10:45 a.m. Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel. Reception to follow, Mark Clark Hall patio.
1 p.m. Baseball vs. East Illinois, Joe Riley Park.
6:30 p.m. Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel.
  Note: Schedule can change on short notice. Unless otherwise announced, outdoor activities will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Please check for updated information.

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