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Parents' Weekend 2021

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The Citadel's Parents' Weekend!
Friday through Sunday - October 1-3, 2021
Weekend Summary

Welcome to the 2021 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 then make your plan.  In order to get this schedule out now, we have still have a few links we need to add, so please keep checking back for any updates.  But, the schedule included is final.

You will find Saturday will be very similar to previous "normal" Parents' Weekends.  The main difference will be Friday's Ring Presentation Ceremony which is where the Cadets receive their rings.  The "Walkthrough" Ceremony will be the same as in previous "non-Covid" Years.

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 1st and goes through Sunday, October 3rd.  At the end of each page you can click on each day to get a more detailed description of each day and our recommendations. 

Page Updates:

1) Parents' Weekend Email Update #1

General Leave Summary

Action Item for Parents and Families: Make sure you verify the times with your cadet


  • Upperclassmen may leave after their last class and remain out until TBD.
  • Freshmen may leave after their last military duty - which will be after they provide the path for the Seniors’ march to the Chapel - ~1455 (2:45PM). They must return before TBD.

Saturday Night: General Leave begins after the football game

  • Upperclass to 0100.
  • Freshmen: 2400

Note: Freshmen may use their overnight for being vaccinated starting October 2nd.  Also the times above could be modified by the President at the football game, so come and cheer loudly! 

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:  1 October 2021ring photo 124

1030-1215 (10:30–12:15AM): 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  

1500-1630 (3-4:30PM): Class of 2022 Ring Presentation Ceremony for Cadets Only – Summerall Chapel

1700 (5PM): Ring Reception in Deas Hall for Cadets and their familes

1800 (6PM): Sword Arch performance followed by the Ring Walk-Through Ceremony.  

Saturday: 2 October 2022

0800/8:00AM:  2nd Battalion Band Rooms open for their Parents – since they will have to leave soon after for the 0930 concert

0830/8:30AM:   Barracks Open for all Parents and Families until 1030

0845/8:45AM:   Kelly Cup Finals - Padgett-Thomas Barracks Quad

0915/9:15AM:   The Citadel Rifle Legion Performance - Padgett Thomas Barracks 

citadel 1700796150930/9:30AM:   Band Concert - Parade Field in front of Padgett-Thomas Barracks

1010/10:10AM: Freshmen Promotion Ceremony (Company Areas)

1030/10:30AM:  Barracks closed to visitors

1100/11:00AM: Dress Parade

1200/Noon:  Lunch - see more details on the individual days.  We are stilling setting up the system to place your order, so please keep checking back.  We will also send a notification via the Parent Portal.

  • CFA BBQ - Buyer Auditorium - catered event - limited to 500 people
  • Coward Hall – serving line - limited to 500
  • Deas Hall - Boxed Lunches
  • Pregame BBQ at the Holliday Alumni Center – Limited to 250

1300/1:00PM:   Formation and March to the Stadium

1400/2:00PM:   Kickoff – Go Dogs!  Beat VMI!!  Get your tickets HERE!

Sunday: 3 October 2022

General Leave begins at 0530 (5:30AM)

0800 (8AM) Catholic Mass in Summerall Chapel

1000 (10AM): General Protestant Worship in Summerall Chapel which will include a special "Blessing of the Rings" service.  There will be a reception in Buyer Auditorium following the service.

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 waiting in Mark Clark Hall if too hot outside.

Parking: Despite Cadets moving their vehicles off campus for the weekend, we still have a shortage of parking.  Friday's Parking Plan can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.  Saturday's plan can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Parking in surrounding areas: Please be aware that parking regulations in Charleston are strictly enforced by authorities. We have received permission from the City to park in Hampton Park on the grass behind the Chapel on Saturday of Parents Weekend.  

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.

For each day's events and recommendations, please click on the links below:

Friday 1 October 2021

Saturday 2 October 2021

Sunday 3 October 2021

And remember to check back here for updates!

Have a Great Weekend!

Go Dogs!

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