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Citadel News Service
18 Mar 2008

Commencement Week - Commonly asked about topics

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Commencement 2008
May 1-4, 2008

Commonly Asked About Topics

Admission Tickets
Reserved seating admission tickets are required only for the Corps of Cadets commencement on Saturday, May 3. Each cadet will receive 10 reserved seating tickets to distribute as they wish. Each person, including small children and babies, must have a ticket to enter McAlister Field House. Please note: A graduation announcement sent by the graduate is NOT a ticket for seating.

  • Cadet tickets will be distributed beginning April 14.
  • A wait list for extra tickets will be created after March 31. Extra tickets will be distributed after April 28.
  • December graduates and fifth-year seniors off campus need to contact Cadet Activities at 953-5111 for tickets beginning April 14.

Handicapped seating 
Handicapped seating at commencement exercises will be in a special area on the main floor of McAlister Field House. For questions regarding handicapped seating at Corps of Cadets Commencement, contact Cadet Activities at 843.953.5111. For the Graduate College call 843.953.5089. On-campus handicapped parking will be available for all events.

As with most major events on campus, parking will be at a premium for commencement week. Public Safety officers and cadet traffic details will direct you to the closest available spaces. Campus shuttle vans will operate from near Johnson Hagood Stadium to the campus for the Corps of Cadets commencement exercises Saturday, May 3.

Campus parking is marked by the blue shaded areas on the map below. Campus parking map 

No parking is allowed in Hampton Park , which is adjacent to the campus. City of Charleston police will ticket cars parked in Hampton Park or parked illegally anywhere within its jurisdiction, including on neighborhood streets.

Designated handicapped parking will be available. For information concerning handicapped parking, contact Public Safety at 843.953.5114.

Food/Beverages and Shopping
The campus 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. Extended hours of each facility for Commencement Week will be posted. No food or beverages may be brought into McAlister Field House during the commencement services, to the baccalaureate service or commissioning ceremonies in Summerall Chapel. 

During the commencement exercises, families are asked not to come forward to take snapshots or shoot video.

The Citadel Public Affairs Office (843.953.6779) 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.

Web cast
The Corps of Cadets commencement will be broadcast live over the Internet. More information will be announced closer to commencement day.

Map of campus parking.

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