Rachel Dawsey Rogers
Corps Grad ’03
No one seemed to pay much attention to this at the time, but I believe I was the first third-generation Citadel graduate that happened to be a female. My grandfather, Will Rogers, was Class of 1934, my father, Cy Rogers, was Class of 1971, and my uncle, Sammy Rogers, was Class of 1974. Of note: I carried my grandfather’s sword during parade, and my father handed me my diploma.
After graduating with a degree in English from The Citadel, I entered the USAF and left in 2009 after earning the rank of Captain. I deployed several times and received commendations for such. I entered law school at the University to South Carolina School of Law in 2009 and graduated in 2012. I’m now a family law attorney practicing in Charlotte, North Carolina.
How do you think your experience at The Citadel got you to where you are now?
The Citadel taught me many things. I was especially grateful to learn from such a fantastic English department: Dr. Tony Redd, Col. James Rembert and Lt. Col. James Leonard to name a few. Cadet life taught me to never give up. I learned that persistence and determination bring many rewards, but those rewards must be earned. I worked hard in the United States Air Force, went on to tackle law school, and then took the ever-challenging bar examination. Now, I proudly reflect and acknowledge that it is a wonderful feeling to be a veteran who is now able to serve men, women and children in a new capacity as a family law attorney. I credit all of my accomplishments to the mindset that I established at The Citadel: you can do anything you set your mind to do.
Why should young women consider attending The Citadel?
The Citadel is not for everyone. The Citadel is not for every man nor is it for every woman, but for those special few, it is where you are supposed to be. It truly is the road less traveled by. It will challenge you, but it can also turn you into a woman with finely-tuned leadership skills, tenacity, and the will to accomplish anything in her path. I have yet to meet an “ordinary” female graduate of The Citadel; they are all extraordinary.