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.

Matriculation Day

Saturday, Aug. 13

Matriculation Day is when hundreds of cadet-recruits report to campus and officially begin their Citadel careers. Processing for members of the Class of 2026 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.

Parents’ Weekend

Friday, Oct. 7 – Sunday, Oct. 9

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.

Leadership Day


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. 28 – Sunday, Oct. 30

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.


Friday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 6

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.

Corps Day and Recognition Day

Friday, March 24 – Sunday March 26

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 2023 Commencement

Saturday, May 6

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. 3at Campbell
Sept. 10vs. ETSU – Military Appreciation
Sept. 17at Mercer
Oct. 1at App State
Oct. 8vs. Furman – Parents’ Day
Oct. 15at Wofford
Oct. 22at WCU
Oct. 29vs. Samford – Leaders in Philanthropy Weekend
Nov. 5vs. UTC – Homecoming
Nov. 12vs. Lynchburg – Hall of Fame induction
Nov. 19at VMI