Friday October 14, 2016
Cadets will attend classes to include their 1300/1PM class.
Upperclass: After their last duty (but no earlier than 1300/1PM) until 0100/1AM.
Freshmen: After their last duty (but no earlier than 1300/1PM) until 2400/12AM.
1030/10:30AM: General Rosa's Update to Parents and Families - Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.
1500/3:00PM: Ring Presentation Ceremony (1500/3PM) - McAlister Field House - Streamed live!
1800/6:00PM: Ring Walk-Through Ceremony and Sword Arch Performance - McAlister Field House - Streamed live! - Companies per schedule below
Parent’s Weekend actually starts for Parents and Families on Friday the 14th of October. Although you are invited to every event, we know the Senior Parents and Families will be focused on the 3PM Ring Presentation and 6PM Ring "Walk-Through" Cermonies in McAlister. Senior Parents and Families should have received a letter from The Citadel Alumni Association that provides good information on the ceremony. If you didn’t, you can find it by clicking HERE.
Late breaking!! We have been able to secure a company to live stream stream both Ring Ceremonies. You can access the site about 10 minutes before the Ceremony start time (3PM and 6PM) by CLICKING HERE.
Here is our recommendation for the day:
Make sure you and your Cadet coordinate when and where you will meet. Note the General Leave schedule above, they can leave as early as 1300/1PM if they don't have a 1300/1PM class.
1030-1130: President's Update to Parents - Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall. General Rosa, 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 Director of the Study Abroad programs will be available to speak to you after the General completes his presentation. We will record this presentation and post it on the website early next week. You can CLICK HERE to see his PowerPoint presentation. To view a recording CLICK HERE. Although the sound quality is poor due to interference by the wireless mic, you can still here what was discussed.
1130-1240: Lunch: Relax in Mark Clark Hall, meet other families and grab a bite to eat at the Canteen or visit the coffee shop “Brewed Awakenings” in Daniel Library. For those who purchased the lunch buffet, after checking in outside Buyer Hall come on down to the Reception Room on the first floor, serve yourself then come on out on the patio.
Parents of Seniors, the doors to McAlister Field House will be open and those with experience will head over early to get a good seat.
If parents of the uderclassmen are still on campus, you will want to walk across the Parade Field around 1440/2:40PM to watch the Seniors make their way to McAlister Field House for the Ring Presentation Ceremony (when the Seniors get their rings). Again, this should start around 1445 and be over by 1500 (3:00PM). Anyone is welcome to attend the Ring Presentation Ceremony, but if you come late, take the stairs to the second floor for seating.
Although you can attend the Ring Presentation Ceremony if you like. . . your Knob 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 ceremony. They should be finished by 1630/4:30PM.
You will find most want to sleep and then get something to eat. It is always good to get them back a little earlier than midnight. You are invited to attend the Sword Arch Performance at 1800 (6PM) in McAlister Field House if you are interested. 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.
For Parents and Families of Seniors, the doors to McAlister Field House open Friday morning for the Ring Presentation Ceremony and, by the time the Seniors arrive, the Fieldhouse is packed. So plan accordingly.
After the 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. You should have plan where you will meet your Cadet after the ceremony because it will take some time to get everyone out of McAlister.
The Ring Walk-Though Ceremony (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 1820 Senior Football Players (need to get them to bed for the game the next day) and Active Duty Seniors will make their walk. The rest of the companies will follow at the following times:
1825 – H
1835 – F
1845 – E
1855 – Band
1905 – G
1910 – I
1920 – K
1930 - L
1940 - M
1945 – S
1955 – P
2005 – PB
2010 – V
2015 – T
2025 – N
2035 – O
2045 – R
2055 – C
2105 – B
2115 - D
2120 - A
As a reminder, especially for the earlier folks, traffic is at its worst on Friday afternoons in Charleston 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 Alpha Company.
This is a fairly formal event. Keep in mind when you figure out what to wear that your Cadet and the VIPs will be in their most formal uniforms.
For those with Seniors receiving their rings at the beginning of the evening, there isn't much time between the Ring Presentation and Walk-Through Ceremonies to make it to your hotel and back. To help, we will designate the second floor of Mark Clark Hall from 1700-1900/5PM-7PM as an area where ladies may come and change into their evening attire. The downstairs restroom will be avaiable for the men if desired.
And finally, tell your Cadet to be prepared to introduce you to the VIPs 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!