5 October 2019 - Saturday of Parents' Weekend!
Saturday 5 October 2019
Upperclass: after the game until 0100/1AM
Freshmen: after the game until 2400/12AM
0800/8AM: 2nd Battalion Band Rooms (only) open for Parents
0830/8:30AM: Barracks Open - All Barracks
0845/8:45AM: Kelly Cup Finals - Padgett-Thomas Barracks Quad
0915/9:15AM: The Citadel Rifle Legion Performance - PT Barracks
0930/9:30AM: Band Concert - Parade Field in front of Padgett-Thomas Barracks
1010/10:10AM: Freshmen Promotion Ceremony (Company Areas)
1100/11:00AM: Dress Parade
1300/1:00PM: Formation and March to the Stadium
1400/2:00PM: Kickoff – Go Dog’s! Beat VMI! Click here to get your tickets
If you arrive early to get a good parking place, plan on stopping by the Library or the Starbucks and grabbing a cup of coffee and pastry. They will open at 0730 (7:30AM).
We open the barracks at 8AM for those parents whose Cadets are in the Band since they have to leave early for their 9:30AM performance. So the first event for everyone else on Saturday morning is Open Barracks at 0830. This is a great time for your Cadet to show you their room – hopefully how clean it is - and share some of their stories. Also listen for the bagpipes as they make their way through each battalion. Before you leave, make an agreement on where you will meet your Cadet after parade and to call you if they get delayed!
0845 (8:45AM): Make you way to Padgett-Thomas Barracks (the one with the clock tower) in time to watch the impressive Kelly Cup finals. The Kelly Cup is awarded to the best drilled Freshman squad. Each company enters their best and over the days prior to Saturday that number is whittled down to the best four squads in the Corps. If you have time, plan on watching as they have put in a lot of work to get where they are.
0915 (9:15AM): After Kelly Cup stand-by in PT Barracks for a performance by The Citadel's Rifle Legion. When they finish, walk out in front of PT Barracks and enjoy a concert put on by the world famous Regimental Band! This is a speacial concert in that the Seniors will serve as the conductors. Like those in the Kelly Cup competition and Rifle Legion, these young folks have been working very hard to put on a presentation just for you!
1010 (10:10AM): For parents of Freshmen, DO NOT BE LATE for the Freshmen Promotion Ceremony in the respective Company Areas. During this ceremony your Cadet Recruit will drop the “Recruit” from their rank.
After the Promotion Ceremony, the barracks will close to allow the cadets to prepare for parade. As you make your way to the area where you intend to watch the parade, enjoy the Carillion Concert. As a reminder, the companies line up on the Parade Field from left to right left starting with the Band then alphabetically across the Parade Field.
1100 (11AM): The Dress Parade. There are several highlights to this parade which include the joining of the Corps by the Freshmen Cadets and a Jeep Review of the Corps by General Walters, the Regimental Commander and the Regimental Commander's parent who represents all parents! Parade should be complete by 1145.
The next part is tricky because your cadets will have to drop off their rifles then meet you for lunch. With kickoff at 2PM, they will have to be back in the barracks to form up to march over to the stadium around 1PM.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU COORDINATE WHERE YOU WILL MEET AFTER PARADE BEFORE YOU DEPART THE BARRACKS!
LUNCH. You have several options for lunch, but you MUST REGISTER for the meals in Coward Hall, Deas Hall, the CAA BBQ. Your Cadet eats for free in Coward and Deas Halls only - "free" meaning you have already paid for it. They will have to pay if you decide to eat at the CAA BBQ.
1) Coward Hall: 14.00 per person - maximum 500 people - experience where, what and how your cadet eats every day. Because the Band has a tight turn for their next performance, the Band and their Parents are invited to eat in the Riverview Room. When you register look for the option that identifies yourself as a Band Parent.
2) Deas Hall: Box lunches - 10.00 each – maximum of 600 people. Each box has a sandwich, chips, granola bar, cookies, and bottled water
Notes for Coward and Deas Halls meals:
a) All options are free for cadets but need to be included in your order.
b) Free for children under 3 in Coward Hall if sitting on parent’s lap (no ticket needed).
c) Vegetarian meals available upon request.
3) CAA BBQ Lunch: Each week the Citadel Alumni Association serves a BBQ lunch in the Holliday Alumni Center (HAC). Cost is $12 per person and they limit the number to 250. You will have to pay for your Cadet at this venue as well.
CLICK HERE to register for your meals and purchase your t-shirts and tote bages. Remember you have to have tote and shirt orders in by midnight of the 19th of September.
In case you don't register in time, you can always get a bite at the Canteen (remember Chik-fil-a) or inside the Football Stadium. You can also have a small tailgate at your car.
Couple of lessons learned with the lunches:
1) You only have an hour between the end of parade and your cadet having to be back in formation. Band has less time. So, impress on your cadets not to delay in dropping off their rifles and and meeting you at the prearranged point decided upon before parade. Every year I see parents waiting outside the barracks while their cadets have decided to take a nap without telling them! Impress upon them that texting is a great way to keep you informed.
2) Plan ahead and select a place to eat. The Canteen/Chik-Fil-A is a great place to eat, but last year the line went as far as the "War Memorial" by the Chapel. When it got close to 1PM, most decided to wait and grab a bite at the stadium after spending their hour in line.
3) There are pros and cons to each lunch venue. The CAA BBQ is a pretty good meal, but they are located outside the gate which takes time to get to. But the location is great because you are right where you want to be when the Corps marches to the Stadium. I recommend heading on over to the BBQ after parade and have your cadet meet you there. Stay in touch by text! They can eat quickly and then go back for formation while you relax, finish your meal then walk outside the HAC to watch the Corps march by.
4) One last option is to come early in the morning and get a good parking spot and have makeshift tailgate/picnic at your car. I am seeing more and more people doing this.
CLICK HERE to place your meal, shirts and tote orders!
The Football Game!
At approximately 1315/1:15PM the Regimental Band will lead the Corps to the Stadium. They stop by the HAC enroute to help people get in the mood to cheer on the “Dogs”. The remainder of the Corps will march down Hagood Avenue around 1330/1:30PM to prepare for their march onto the field. After you see your Cadet in formation, we recommend you head into the stadium to watch the Corps enter the stadium and render honor to our nation and guests.
1400 (2PM): Kickoff of The Citadel/VMI football game! This is a key game for the 'Dogs as they continue their quest for another Southern Conference Championship! If you haven't gotten your ticket, there are a variety of ticket prices to meet every budget and vary from the East (Visitors) side to the West (Home) side. Click on this link to find a ticket that works best for you and your family.
Something to look forward to is the Summerall Guards halftime performance. Notice how quiet it gets.
After the game. Cadets are allowed to leave after the game. Freshmen are required to return to their barracks by midnight. Upperclass, not on an overnight, need to return by 0100 (1AM). During the game the Commandant and Regimental Commander may provide a recommendation to the President on whether to modify when Cadets need to return to campus. Any changes will be announced over the stadium PA system at the end of the game (So Cheer Hard!).