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Citadel News Service
2 Aug 2016

Upcoming News from The Citadel - Back to School

Matriculation Day, Oath Ceremony and Gold Star parade

Matriculation Day
7 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Holliday Alumni Center
*Media invited to attend; RSVP is requiredmatriculation-day

The largest freshmen class in The Citadel’s history, with more than 800 freshmen, will arrive on campus for Matriculation Day. The new incoming class is expected to reflect a 20 percent increase in enrollment from last year and close to a 25 percent increase in female enrollment. On Saturday, Aug. 13, The Citadel’s Class of 2020, will report for academic orientation and military training.

“This year we were able to offer more opportunities to incoming freshmen for a number of reasons,” said Col. Brett Ashworth, vice president for communications and marketing. “We had one of the largest graduating classes this past spring and we have more cadets studying abroad this fall than in past years. This resulted in a larger Class of 2020.”

The freshmen will report to the Holliday Alumni Center (HAC) between 7 and 9:30 a.m. At the HAC, cadets will be assigned their companies and are then required to proceed through Lesesne Gate onto campus and to their respective barracks.

Some of the activities for the day include:

  • Room assignments made upon entrance into barracks
  • Distribution of physical training uniforms in battalions
  • First formation for lunch

Public Safety will have all gates open in order to help the traffic flow. Due to the program traffic, we recommend that media, residents, faculty and staff utilize Dunnemann Gate on Saturday morning.

Media on campus requires an escort. Please contact Kim Keelor at (843) 475-0596 or Emily Banks at (843) 813-2392.

Oath Ceremony

Monday, Aug. 15
7 p.m.
Summerall Field
Free and open to the public

The Oath Ceremony for The Citadel Class of 2020 will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15 on Summerall Field. The class of over 800 freshman cadets will stand on the field and take an oath to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. At the end of their freshman year, the cadets will take the oath again on Recognition Day.

First fall dress parade
3:45 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2
Summerall Field
Free and open to the public

The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to medieval times. The Citadel’s South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ Friday afternoon dress parades are reflections of those parades.parade

Drill procedures and movements on the parade field are identical to the tactical maneuvers employed on the battlefield in the past. U.S. military reviews and parades began at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. At that time, brigades of soldiers were formed in order of battle.

Modern day ceremonies are conducted to inspect troops, render honors, preserve tradition, and foster espirit de corps. At various times throughout the year The Citadel's parades are used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable people.

Please click here to view the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semester parade schedules.

Gold Stars and President’s List Parade
3:45 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9
Summerall Field
Free and open to the public

Cadets taking top honors in the spring of 2016 will be recognized for their hard work during the Awards Parade on Friday, Sept.

Gold Stars are awarded to cadets who have earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher for the work accomplished in the spring semester of 2016. Students that achieve Gold Star recognition are also placed on the Dean’s List.

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates academic excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

New for the media: The Citadel Experts Guide

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading chris-wrightinfluencers in their fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each of The Citadel’s bi-monthly Upcoming News stories.

Meet Chris Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of history and expert on terrorism. Wright received his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Arkansas and received his Ph.D. in Middle East History from the University of California Santa Barbara. His research interests include early to modern Middle East and Islamic History, Early Christianity and Roman Late Anitquity.

As the Department of History’s specialist in the Middle East, Wright offers general courses on Early Islamic History and Modern Middle East History, as well as more specialized courses on the Crusades, a History of Muslim-Christian relations and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel Director of Media Relations at or (843) 953-2155, or communications specialists, or (843) 953-3722. The industry expert may be contacted directly, but please note that all media representatives are required to be escorted while on campus to ensure student privacy.


  • Parent’s Weekend – October 8
  • Leadership Day – October 19
  • Homecoming Weekend – November 5
  • Fall furlough begins – November 18
  • Christmas Candlelight Services – December 2, 3 & 4
  • Winter furlough begins – December 14

Achieving excellence in the education and development of principled leaders
Media Contact:
Kim Keelor-Parker
(843) 953-2155

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