Major Events

A list of The Citadel’s primary celebrations can be found below. A full schedule for each event will be added here when it becomes available.

To view The Citadel’s military dress parade schedule, click here.

Matriculation Day

Saturday, Aug. 14

Matriculation Day is when hundreds of cadet-recruits report to campus and officially begin their Citadel careers. Processing for members of the Class of 2025 will begin at the Holliday Alumni Center, where they will receive company and room assignments; later, the incoming class will get haircuts, uniforms and necessarily equipment. Starting on Matriculation Day and continuing through the rest of the year, the cadet-recruits will began to receive their military instruction.

Homecoming 2020 makeup

Friday, Sept. 10 – Sunday, Sept. 12

The postponed Homecoming 2020 — honoring the classes that end in ‘0 and ‘5 — will be held on the weekend of Sept. 10-12. In addition to traditional Homecoming activates, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences — with support from the Fine Arts program — will exhibit a fragment of steel from the World Trade Center.

Parents’ Weekend

Friday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 3

Parents’ Weekend features traditional events like the military dress parade, drill competitions and performances by the Regimental Band and Pipes. But the highlights of the weekend are the promotion of Fourth Class (freshman) cadets to conclude the cadre training period and the presentation of class rings to the First Class (senior) cadets.

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Friday, Oct. 1

10:30 a.m.Gen. Walters speaks during The Citadel Family Association annual meetingBuyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall
2:45 p.m.Seniors march to Summerall Chapel for the Ring PresentationSummerall Field
3 p.m.Class of 2022 Ring Presentation Ceremony – open only to cadetsSummerall Chapel
5 p.m.Ring ReceptionDeas Hall
6 p.m.Ring Ceremony, including the Ring walk-through and a Junior Sword Arch performanceMcAlister Fieldhouse

Saturday, Oct. 2

8:30 –
10:30 a.m.
All barracks open
(2nd Battalion Band rooms open to parents at 8 a.m.)
Pipe Band performs in barracks
8:45 a.m.Kelly Cup FinalsPadgett-Thomas barracks quad
10:10 a.m.Freshmen Promotion ceremoniesAll barracks
11 a.m.Dress paradeSummerall Field
1 p.m.Formation and march to Johnson Hagood StadiumAcross campus
2 p.m.Bulldogs vs. VMIJohnson Hagood Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 3

8 a.m.Catholic MassSummerall Chapel
10 a.m.General Protestant worship with a Blessing of the Rings serviceSummerall Chapel
After serviceReceptionBuyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall

Leadership Day

Wednesday, Oct. 20

During The Citadel’s annual Leadership Day, all regularly scheduled classes are replaced with an on or off-campus training, seminar or service project for all cadets. Day students living off-campus and graduate students may also participate in the event.

Leaders in Philanthropy Weekend

Friday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Oct. 24

Every fall, the newest Leaders in Philanthropy gather on campus with family and friends to be inducted into The Citadel’s legacy, cumulative, and lifetime giving societies, which represent donors of estate gifts, 25-year consecutive giving, or cumulative contributions totaling $100,000 or more.

Homecoming 2021

Thursday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 14

As early as the Class of 1886, Citadel graduates have been holding reunions on campus to celebrate their achievements and catch up with their classmates. Homecoming now spans three days and includes not only reunion celebrations, but a host of activities that highlight the Corps of Cadets and alumni achievements.

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Thursday, Nov. 11

2:30 – 5 p.m.Stray Dog Society cruiseCity Marina
6 – 9 p.m.Junior Sword Drill, JSA ReunionHolliday Alumni Center

Friday, Nov. 12

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Citadel Alumni Annual meetings and awardsHolliday Alumni Center
12 p.m.Citadel basketball vs. Morris CollegeMcAlister Field House
1 – 3 p.m.Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business open house for donors and alumniBastin Hall
5:10 p.m.Twilight ParadeSummerall Field
5:45 – 7 p.m.The Citadel Young Alumni ReceptionHolliday Alumni Center
6 p.m.Citadel volleyball vs. WCUMcAlister Field House
7 – 11 p.m.Stray Dog Society JamboreeOff campus

Saturday, Nov. 13

8:30 –
10 a.m.
Open barracks and cadet performancesBarracks, Summerall Field
8:40 a.m.Summerall Guards performanceSummerall Field
9:45 a.m.Charles Foster, ’70, and Joseph Shine, ’71, portrait presentationDaniel Library
10:45 a.m.Homecoming Review ParadeSummerall Field
11:30 a.m.School of Engineering Alumni BBQGrimsley Hall
2 p.m.Bulldogs vs. WoffordJohnson Hagood Stadium
7 p.m.Citadel volleyball vs. UNCGMcAlister Field House

Sunday, Nov. 14

9 a.m.Protestant ServiceSummerall Chapel
10:15 a.m.Alumni Memorial ServiceSummerall Chapel
7 p.m.Catholic MassSummerall Chapel

Corps Day Weekend

Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27

Corps Day is the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events.

Recognition Day is a momentous occasion in the life of a knob. It means the end for rigid formations, walking in single file at breakneck speed and the highly regimented way of life that is The Citadel’s Fourth-Class System: the toughest college military training system in the country.

Class of 2022 Commencement

Saturday, May 7

Commencement exercises are held in May of every year to confer academic degrees upon members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and students in The Citadel Graduate College. A week of events leads up to graduation day, including the Star of the West competition for the best drilled cadet, commissioning ceremonies, and the Long Gray Line parade in which the graduating class becomes part of the long gray line of alumni when they transfer command to the upcoming senior class.

Bulldogs Football

DateGame and event
Sept. 2at Coastal Carolina
Sept. 11vs. Charleston Southern – Military Appreciation/Homecoming 2020
Sept. 18vs. North Greenville
Oct. 2vs. VMI – Parents’ Day
Oct. 9at ETSU
Oct. 16at Furman
Oct. 23vs. WCU
Oct. 30vs. Mercer – Hall of Fame induction
Nov. 6at Samford
Nov. 13vs. Wofford – Homecoming 2021
Nov. 19at Chattanooga