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2019 Parents Weekend!

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Friday through Sunday - October 4 - 6, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Parents’ Day Weekend Parents' Webpage!  It's a jammed packed weekend, so take your time and plan accordingly.  We hope to provide you with the information you will need to plan an enjoyable weekend here with your Cadet.  Please keep checking back for any updates.

The hurricane did set us back a bit, so our window to order meals, shirts and totebags is compressed down to less than a week.  For the shirts and totes to get here on time I need you to place your orders for the shirts and torebags by mindight of Thursday, September 19th.  Meals can wait a little longer to midnight of Sunday, September 29th.  You will find links to the ordering page throughout these pages.  You can CLICK HERE to place your orders now.

We'll start with a summary of the General Leave Schedule followed by a summary of each day’s events which begins on Friday October 4th and goes through Sunday the 6th.  You can click on each day to get a more detailed description of each day and the various events. 

General Leave Summary

Make sure you verify the times with your cadet


  • Upperclassmen may leave after their last class and remain out until 1AM.
  • Freshmen may leave after their last military duty which will be after they line the street for the Seniors’ 1300 (1PM) March to McAlister Field House. They may remain out until 2400 (Midnight).

Note:  Regimental Band plays at the Ring Presentation at 1300, so if you have a Cadet in the Band, so it will be more like 1430 (2:30PM) for them to leave. 

Saturday Night: General Leave begins after the football game

  • Upperclass to 0100.
  • Freshmen: 2400

      these times could be modified by the President at the football game, so come and cheer loudly! 

SundayYou 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 Presentation ceremony.

Friday:  4 October 2019ring photo 124

1030-1130 (10:30–11:30AM): General Glenn Walter’s Update to Parents–Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall 

1130-1230:  Pre-purchased box lunches available for pickup in Mark Clark Hall – limited to 400 prepaid orders.

1300-1430 (1-2:30PM): Class of 2020 Ring Presentations – McAlister Field House

1800 (6PM): Sword Arch performance followed by the Ring Walk-Through Ceremony.  There will also be a reception in Deas Hall beginning at 1700 (5PM)

 Saturday: 5 October 2019

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

0830/8:30AM:   Barracks Open until 1015

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

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

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

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

1100/11:00AM: Dress Parade

1200/Noon:  Lunch - see more details on the individual days.  When ready to order, please CLICK HERE

  • 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: 6 October 2019 - We will update the service schedule when determined.

TBD: Anglican Communion Service in Mark Clark Hall Room 230

TBD: General Protestant Worship in Summerall Chapel

TBD: Catholic Mass in Summerall Chapel

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!  

Map: You can find the map of campus by CLICKING HERE.

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 behind the Chapel during Parents Weekend.  

Shoes: Keep in mind there will be a lot of walking, so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes!

Saturday is a pretty full day. Make sure you get some rest Friday night and stay hydrated.

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

Friday 4 October 2019

Saturday 5 October 2019

Sunday 6 October 2019

We hope you have a great weekend! Check back here for updates!

Go Dogs!


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