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. 12

Matriculation Day is when hundreds of cadet-recruits report to campus and officially begin their Citadel careers. Processing for members of the Class of 2027 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, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 1

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.

Leaders in Philanthropy Weekend

Thursday, Oct. 12 – Saturday, Oct. 14

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.

Leadership Day

Wednesday, Oct. 18

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.


Friday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 5

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 22 – Sunday, March 24

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 2024 Commencement

Saturday, May 4

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 Georgia Southern
Sept. 9vs. Campbell – Hall of Fame induction
Sept. 16at Chattanooga
Sept. 23at South Carolina State
Sept. 30vs. Western Carolina – Parents’ Weekend
Oct. 7at Furman
Oct. 14vs. VMI – Leaders in Philanthropy Weekend
Oct. 28at Samford
Nov. 4vs. Mercer – Homecoming
Nov. 11vs. Wofford – Military Appreciation
Nov. 18at ETSU