4 October 2019 - Friday of Parents Weekend
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Upperclass: After their last class until 0100/1AM.
Freshmen: After their last duty which is after the Senior enter the Fieldhouse (~1300/1PM) unless you are in the Band which will play during the Ring Presentation (~1430/2:30PM).
1030/10:30AM: General Walter's Update to Parents and Families - Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.
1130/11:30AM: Pre-ordered boxed lunches available for pickup – Mark Clark Hall.
1245/12:45PM: Seniors March to McAlister Field House. Freshmen line the street.
1300/1:00PM: Class of 2020 Ring Presentations - McAlister Field House
1700/5PM: Seniors' Reception - 2nd Floor of McAlister Field House
1800/6:00PM: Ring Walk-Through Ceremony, Sword Arch Performance and Reception - McAlister Field House and Deas Hall– see the schedule for the Companies below
Parent’s Weekend actually starts for Parents and Families on Friday the 4th of October. Although you are invited to every event, we know on this day the Senior Parents and Families will be focused on the 1PM Ring Presentations and 6PM Ring "Walk-Through" in McAlister Fieldhouse.
Here is our recommendation for the day for everyone:
Make sure you and your Cadet coordinate when and where you will meet. Note the General Leave schedule above, Underclassmen can leave as early as after their last morning class. Freshmen can leave after their last duty which will be the noon meal followed by the 12:45PM lining of the street in front of the battailions for the Seniors. Make sure they know how - and ask them - to contact you in case they get delayed.
1030-1130: President's Update to Parents - Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall. Come and receive the President's report for this year. General Walters, accompanied by his Senior Staff, will provide his update on the College to Parents. As your Cadet’s advisor, it is a great way to find out what issues he is working at the school and ask any questions you may have. The Deans of the five schools and the Directors of the Study Abroad programs and Career Center will also be available to speak to you after the General completes his presentation.
1130-1240: Lunch: This is the first meal you will have to make a decision on. For those non-senior, upperclass parents you may want to ask your Cadet when they are able to leave campus, then decide whether to eat on campus or not. Many may want to depart as soon as possible and eat somewhere off campus. For Freshmen parents who will be waiting until their Cadets are released, you may want to take advantage of the following locations on Campus:
- The Canteen which includes a Chick-fil-a, sandwich and salad bars
- The new, full-service Starbucks located in Mark Clark Hall.
- The coffee shop in Daniel Library.
- Sodexo will also offer boxed lunches down in the reception room of Mark Clark Hall that will be available for pickup right after the President’s presentation. You can order these along with your t-shirts, tote bags and Saturday’s lunches by CLICKING HERE.
When your cadet receives their ring thier senior year, you will be more concerned with getting seats in the Fieldhouse which will keep you from watching them march to the ceremony. So if you are on campus, take a walk across the Parade Field around 1235/12:35PM to watch the Freshmen line the street for the Seniors. The formations should start moving around 1245 and be ready to start the Ring Presentations by 1300 (1:00PM).
Anyone is welcome to attend the Ring Presentations, but if you come late, take the stairs to the second floor for seating.
Although you can attend the Ring Presentations . . . your Freshman Cadet will probably want to get off campus and not return until midnight!
Note for families of Regimental Band Members, the Band plays during the presentation of the rings. They should be finished by 1430/2:30PM, but check with them to get a more definitive time.
For parents of Freshmen, you will find most want to eat, sleep and then get something to eat. It is always good to get them back a little earlier than midnight.
If you are interested, you are invited to attend the Sword Arch Performance at 1800 (6PM) and the walking through the ring ceremony in McAlister Field House. We recommend doing this at some point before your cadet is a senior since, when it’s your time, you probably won’t have time to watch. Don't be surprised if your Freshman doesn't want to go.
For Parents and Families of Seniors, the doors to McAlister Field House open Friday morning for the Ring Presentations and, by the time the Seniors arrive, the Fieldhouse is packed. So plan accordingly. Also the ceremony lasts until around 2:30PM, so you may want to grab a bite to eat before heading over there.
CLICK HERE to find the Ring Presentation Instructions from the Ring Committee Chair.
CLICK HERE to find the Special Instructions for the Ring Walk Through Ceremony and Reception from Cadet Activities.
CLICK HERE for information on the 2020 RING that you can quiz your cadet on.
After the 1300 Ring Presentations, the Seniors normally make a “nod” to the past by running to the Chapel (where I received my ring) then back to their company areas where they will spend some time with their classmates before being ready to depart campus. Make sure you have plan where you will meet your Cadet after the ceremony because it will take some time to get everyone out of McAlister. Also watch the time and take into consideration the traffic.
The Ring Walk-Though (where you walk through the Ring). The Sword Arch Performance begins at 1800 (6PM) sharp in McAlister Field House. At 1815 (6:15PM) Cadets and their special guests will begin their walk through the “Ring” starting with the Regimental Commander, Senior Class President, Regimental Activities Officer and the Ring Chairman. At 1820 (6:20PM) the Senior Football Players (need to get them to bed for the game the next day) and Active Duty Seniors will make their walk. You can find more details about the ceremony by clicking here.
As a reminder, especially for the earlier folks, Charleston traffic is at its worst on Friday afternoons and then you have to find a place to park. Please plan on getting to McAlister Field House early. If you miss your time slot, you go to the back of the line and will go through after the last Company.
Here is the order of Companies:
This is a fairly formal event. Keep in mind as you figure out what to wear that your Cadet and the VIPs will be in their most formal uniforms.
And finally, tell your Cadet to be prepared to introduce you to the VIPs (General and Mrs. Walters and Captain and Mrs. Paluso) at the end of the walk. Over the past three years they have developed a habit of avoiding the Commandant . . . but this night, there is only one way out!