Bands of Gold for the Class of 2022

More than 550 cadets, active duty and veteran students now proudly wear The Citadel class ring.

The Class of 2022 marched across Summerall Field, directly into Summerall Chapel, where the rings were presented to the members of the senior class on Friday, Oct. 1.

“The presentation of the rings represents our commitment to The Citadel and our accomplishments as a class. Rings of alumni have been melted and reforged to create our rings. The Class of 2022 has been waiting patiently for this day. We will wear them proudly.”

Cadet Kathryn Christmas, Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets

One of the very first acts the cadets performed after receiving their rings was to salute The Citadel War Memorial — marching by in rows of four — as they left the Chapel.

After, the cadets sprinted back to their barracks before beginning their first weekend with a Band of Gold on their hands.

Ring Presentation is something we have all dreamed about from our early days as knobs. Then, it seemed like an eternity away — yet here we are, getting to join the brother and sisterhood of those who wear the ring. For the Class of ’22, our rings symbolize the culmination of our efforts here at The Citadel and the efforts of those who helped us along the way. From this day forward, we have the privilege and responsibility of wearing the Band of Gold.

Cadet Grayson Gasque, Deputy Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets

During the ceremony, the Class of 2022 took a moment to honor the alumni, and their families, who chose to donate their class rings to The Citadel Alumni Association’s Band of Gold program. Those alumni are:

  • Col. Frank R. Poole Jr., USA (Ret.), ’42
  • Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, USA (Ret.), ’42
  • Dr. Carl L. Riehm, ’52
  • Frank C. Easterby, ’52
  • Curtis C. Whittington, ’62
  • Hydrick H. Smith Jr., ’62
  • Lt. Col. Louis C. Walsh, USAF (Ret.), ’62
  • Lt. Col. Carl J. Ohall Jr., USA (Ret.), ’62
  • Cecil M. Dye, ’62
  • Kurt L. Kuhns, ’62
  • Lt. Col. Roy A. Collar Sr., USA (Ret.), ’62
  • Charles E. (Ned) Montgomery, ’55