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Citadel News Service
3 May 2008

Class of 2008 graduates; Class of 1944 receives special tribute

Diplomas were presented today to members of the Class of 2008 – a class that is nearly 500 students strong. The class includes cadets, active duty military students, and two veterans who returned after military service to complete their education and leadership development training.

Class of 2008 profile

During commencement exercises Saturday, May 3, in McAlister Field House, The Citadel Class of 1944 received special recognition. The entire class was called to World War II at the end of their junior year. The cadets never had a senior year or a commencement ceremony. They were dubbed the “class that never was.”


Retired state Supreme Court justice A. Lee Chandler spoke on behalf of the Class of 1944. It is Citadel tradition for a senior class representative to deliver commencement remarks.

“At The Citadel, we all know that the camaraderie of cadets is very special to seniors, who can reflect with pride that they have stayed the course of a disciplined four years,” Chandler said. “Today…the Class of ‘44 is NOT ‘the class that never was,’ but in the hearts and minds and souls of our great Citadel family, we are “The class that LIVES FOREVER!”

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2008 and 16 members of the Class of 1944 who were in attendance with their families. Graham also was among six honorary degree recipients recognized for achievements in leadership, business and education. In addition, four cadets and two faculty members were honored for excellence in academics and teaching. All the award recipients are:

Honorary degrees
• Robert Spencer Adden, ’44, honorary doctor of humane letters
• Eugene Aycock Brooker, ‘68, honorary doctor of business administration
• S. Truett Cathy, honorary doctor of business administration
• S.C. Rep. Daniel T. Cooper Sr., honorary doctor of public administration
• Tandy C. Rice, Jr., ’61, honorary doctor of business administration
• U.S. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, honorary doctor of public administration

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is a bronze medallion presented through the New York Southern Society to students or others in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor. Recipients are:
• William C. Sharbrough III, The Citadel School of Business
• Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Butsick of Drexel Hill, Pa.

James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award
The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.
• Sean Heuston, Department of English

John O. Willson Ring
The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award to honor the most popular student among his or her peers.
• Cadet Jonathan M. Vallejo of Goose Creek, S.C.

David Shingler Spell Honor Graduates
The awards recognizing the two cadets with the highest academic achievement are sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, S.C.
• First Honor Graduate – Jui-Chiang Chen, Shindian City, Taipei County, Taiwan
• Second Honor Graduate – Daniel Patrick Strickland, Wakefield, R.I.

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