College Transfer Program – The Citadel Today Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:47:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 College Transfer Program – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Citadel Class of 2021 Commencement information and speakers Tue, 19 Jan 2021 21:17:38 +0000 South Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, CadetsSouth Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, CadetsThe college is laying the groundwork for in-person Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 graduates.]]> South Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, CadetsSouth Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, Cadets

Photo above: The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2019 Commencement

Update on Feb. 15, 2021

Corps of Cadets and Veteran/Active Duty Students ceremonies:

  • Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Cadets will be assigned to a ceremony based on their company
  • Veteran students will attend the 9 a.m. ceremony with cadets

Citadel Graduate College ceremonies:

  • Sunday, May 9 at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Graduates will be assigned to a ceremony according to their degree

Original article below

This May, approximately 1,000 cadets and Citadel Graduate College students will graduate from The Citadel. The college is laying the groundwork for in-person Commencement ceremonies for both groups. Additionally, the speakers for the ceremonies are prepared to address cadets, students and their guests in person. Each graduate will be provided with electronic tickets for a limited number of guests, as the college anticipates the need for continued social distancing.

“We surveyed last year’s graduates to ask what the two most important factors of Commencement were to them. Overwhelmingly the answers were to graduate alongside their classmates and to have their parents/family present,” said The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters. “This year, with more time to plan than we had last spring, we are thrilled to be able to make that happen.”

Current plans call for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets (SCCC) Class of 2021 to be divided into two groups for two separate, on-campus ceremonies that will be held on Saturday, May 8 in McAlister Field House.

The Citadel Graduate College students will also be divided into two segments for two ceremonies in McAlister Field House. Those events will take place on Sunday, May 9.

Only clear bags will be allowed inside the stadium; metal detection and scanning walk-through entrances will be in place.

The ceremonies will all be livestreamed for extended family members, as well as those unable to attend in person due to pandemic-related conditions or an inability to travel.

“We expect that about 60 days before graduation weekend we can provide finalized details based on the evolution of the pandemic. That is when we’ll know if other commencement-related activities, such as the Long Gray Line parade and awards ceremonies, can be held.” said Kevin Bower, Ph.D., associate provost for Academic Operations and Civil Engineering professor.

South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2021 commencement speaker

The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, Captain Eugene “Geno” Paluso, USN (Ret.), ’89, will address the SCCC Class of 2021. Paluso will retire from the position of commandant on June 30, 2021.

Paluso was born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He attended college at The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1989. He began his military career in the Navy after being commissioned an ensign upon graduation and reported for duty as a student at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, California where he graduated with Class 164 in 1990. He went on to serve as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer for more than 25 years. He retired from the Navy in July 2014, joining his alma mater as Commandant of Cadets.

During his career, Paluso held leadership roles commanding special operations forces in the Balkans, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has led men and women in combat at all levels. Paluso has a Master’s of Military Science from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College as well as a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy Resourcing from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His service awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Commendation Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous other service awards and commendations.

The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 Commencement Speaker

Norman Seabrooks, The Citadel Class of 1973, will address The Citadel Graduate College’s graduates. Seabrooks returned to campus to speak to cadets in 2010 about how his Citadel experience shaped and motivated him to succeed in his career; now he will return once again to speak about The Citadel and his career experiences.

Seabrooks was the first African American to play football for the Bulldogs. He entered The Citadel at a tumultuous time in the nation’s history. The Vietnam War raged on in Southeast Asia while anti-war protests caused unrest at home, and the Civil Rights movement experienced some of its darkest moments with the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the South, the civil rights movement was marked by violence, unrest and the struggle for equal rights. At The Citadel, African American students also struggled at what was then an all-male and predominantly white military college in the South.

The first African American cadet, Charles Foster, graduated in 1970, — one year before Seabrooks enrolled. Amid the challenges of the times, Seabrooks distinguished himself on the gridiron. A three-year starter on the football team he earned first-team All-Southern Conference recognition in 1972 and he served as team co-captain while playing for coach Red Parker. He was inducted into The Citadel Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. A Dean’s List history major who obtained the rank of cadet first lieutenant, Seabrooks graduated in 1973 and went on to a successful career in the health insurance industry with Aetna Inc., where he was Pacific Northwest Market President for the company. He retired as one of the top 100 employees at the Fortune 500 company with 35,000 employees.

Seabrooks grew up in Pahokee, Florida. He lives in Seattle. 

Personal graduation page for each member of The Class of 2021

A popular feature the college provided for graduates in 2020 will also be provided to the Class of 2021.

Just before graduation weekend, every graduate can log on to a commencement website to view their own graduation page, created just for them. The graduates can share their pages easily on social media platforms. Some of the features will include a photo, video and messaging center for loved ones to share their congratulations, plus a recording of the ceremony to watch at will. Details on how to upload videos and greetings will be shared at a future date.

From Carolina to Colorado; The Citadel helps students complete their business degrees in seven states Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:38:37 +0000 The BSB finalized agreements with five additional two-year schools — adding to the 27 partner-institutions that the school announced in 2019. ]]>

Two-year transfer students can complete business degrees from their hometowns, online

The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business (BSB) at The Citadel is expanding its ability to help even more students from two-year schools earn a full Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

The BSB finalized agreements with five additional two-year schools — adding to the 27 partner-institutions that the school announced in 2019.

The agreements enable students at the partner schools who are completing Associate in Applied Science (AAS) business degrees to be automatically accepted into the BSB at The Citadel. In addition, community and technical college graduates who are already holding an AAS in business can seamlessly transfer all credits to The Citadel.

Eligible students then complete their education and finish with a degree from The Citadel, which has one of the top-ranked, online and part-time business programs in the country. More than 100 transfer students are already studying in the BSB since the first round of agreements were finalized.

Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D., Jeremy Bennet, director of the business degree completion program at The Citadel
Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D.

“The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is excited to offer even more students, from even more parts of the country, the opportunity to seamlessly transfer their two-year degree into a four-year business degree from The Citadel,” said Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D., director of the college transfer program for the BSB. “It’s especially important to provide opportunities like this during the COVID-19 pandemic, since it offers students a chance to complete their degrees online, in their hometowns, without losing credit hours or money in through the normal transfer processes.”

This program is part of the College Transfer Program, which provides students with non-cadet, civilian classes. Students also have the option to choose between studying online, on campus, or both. Though the BSB has offered online education for years, the program — as well as those for the entire college — has been strengthened since the emergency transition to all remote learning in Spring 2020.

“At Tri-County, we create educational pathways that improve the economic mobility of the people living in our communities,” said Galen DeHay, Ph.D., president of Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina. “By partnering with The Citadel, we can help ensure our students have more opportunities to further their education, and earn a bachelor’s degree, which leads to a family-sustaining wage.”

The five new schools partnered with The Citadel are:

  • Piedmont Technical College – Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Pikes Peak Community College – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Spartanburg Community College – Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Tri-County Technical College – Pendleton, South Carolina
  • Virginia Western Community College – Roanoke, Virginia

“Most of these institutions reached out themselves to establish the partnerships, after learning about our initial agreements,” said Bennett. “The Citadel will also consider working with students from technical and community colleges in other areas across the nation for this educational opportunity.”

Baker School of Business partnerships

The full list of two-year colleges that have signed agreements with The Citadel includes:

South Carolina

Aiken Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Tri-County Technical College
Trident Technical College
Williamsburg Technical College


Albany Technical College
Atlanta Technical College
Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Military College
Gwinnett Technical College
Lanier Technical College
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
South Georgia Technical College

North Carolina

Beaufort County Community College
Carteret Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Isothermal Community College
Richmond Community College
Sampson Community College


Danville Community College
Germanna Community College
Virginia Western Community College

West Virginia

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
BridgeValley Community and Technical College


Calhoun Community College


Pikes Peak Community College

For more information, or to apply, please visit The Citadel’s BSBA degree completion website.

Coping with COVID-19: assistance for cadets and students Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:26:53 +0000 Hands supporting a foot in a military bootHands supporting a foot in a military bootChange and uncertainly are often accompanied by stress and anxiety. The new “abnormal requiring learning and sheltering at home, plus social distancing from our network of friends, can lead to]]> Hands supporting a foot in a military bootHands supporting a foot in a military boot

Change and uncertainly are often accompanied by stress and anxiety. The new “abnormal requiring learning and sheltering at home, plus social distancing from our network of friends, can lead to conditions never before experienced. The current climate can also intensify existing mental health conditions.

The Citadel Counseling Center (CCC) staff is ready to support cadets and students remotely. Questions from parents, friends, faculty and staff about how to help a cadet or student who seems to be having difficulty will also be addressed.

How to get help

The CCC staff will be answering calls and providing remote services Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. (Services are suspended from noon – 1 for lunch.)

The phone number is (843) 953-6799.

Calls will be managed by an administrative assistant and sent to one of the staff therapists, or the center’s director, Dr. Suzanne Bufano. Your call will be returned within 15 minutes during normal business hours.

Current and recent CCC clients

The CCC is trying to check on students who are current clients. Current and recent clients will receive an email from the CCC. Current and recent clients may continue to send emails to their counselor but these emails will NOT be returned immediately. Instead, current and recent clients are strongly encouraged to call the Counseling Center during office hours (843-953-6799) so their calls can be forwarded to an available counselor more quickly during business hours.

Suggestions for keeping healthy

As we all work to adjust to this new circumstance, the CCC staff encourages all students to attempt to maximize their health and wellness and work toward achieving their educational goals. More specifically, the CCC staff encourages all students to develop a good routine that they can work to sustain over the spring semester. Some ideas:

• Exercise: Plan a specific time to exercise everyday – running, sit ups, pushups; check gyms offering free workouts on social media (Instagram, facebook), apps offering free trials, YouTube channels, and other websites with exercise routines to do at home.

• Sleep: Plan specific times to go to sleep and wake up every day. Make your bed first thing in the morning so you get up and are not tempted to spend all day in your bed, diminish screen time and media consumption during the evening to help with sleep, remember exercise promotes better sleep.

• Eating: Plan specific times to eat 3 meals every day. Work to eat reasonable quantities of food, try to choose healthier foods including fruit and vegetables. This could be a good time to try new recipes and boost your immune system through healthy eating at regular intervals.

• Academics: Set aside specific times for online classes and homework every day. Have a designated area in your living space to do school work and avoid doing work in your bed. Taking classes online will likely be a new experience for many students– be patient, ask questions, and ask for help if you need it.

• Social activity: Social activity and connection are linked to positive mental health. Find ways to stay connected: group chats, virtual Skype or Zoom groups, social media.

Mental Health Resources Related to COVID-19

Emergencies and additional resources

Emergencies: if a student is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety and is having thoughts of harming him/herself or others, students should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department. During this call, students should emphasize that the concern is a life-threatening emergency.

24-hour Support, National Hotlines, and National Text Lines

· Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
· Crisis Text Line: 741-741
· Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

The Good News About the Skilled Workers Shortage for College Grads Mon, 02 Dec 2019 17:46:41 +0000 Construction EngineersConstruction EngineersBad news for the construction industry: the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience reached a record low in September, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Good news]]> Construction EngineersConstruction Engineers

Bad news for the construction industry: the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience reached a record low in September, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Good news for entering the construction industry: as the skilled worker shortage continues and the unemployment rate remains low, those with experience in the crafts are highly sought with high-paying opportunities. This demand has produced stable, lucrative careers for construction professionals.

What does this mean for college graduates who don’t belong within the skilled labor category? While many traditionally degree-focused career fields are getting more competitive and harder to land jobs, the opportunities in construction are booming with high salaries that are likely to increase over time.

Wherever you are in your education, there’s a way for you to start training and securing the right credentials now. Construction engineers are needed to manage projects that rebuild, repair, and upgrade bridges, roads, levees, airports, buildings, and structures of all types, especially as Charleston’s infrastructure continues to age.

The growth rate for this occupation exceeds the average 5 percent; putting high demand on employers to fill open positions. This career path falls under civil engineering where the 2018 mean wage in South Carolina was over $84,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Construction Engineering comprises aspects of civil engineering, structural design and project management to prepare students for management and engineering positions in the construction trade.

Future graduates can look forward to careers that lead to managing construction projects and solving engineering problems. These 4-year programs typically offer students the opportunity to focus on a specific area, such as mechanical construction, highways, buildings or general construction.

Your local opportunity to enter this field begins at Trident Technical College and ends at The Citadel. Students can pursue a bachelor’s degree by taking their first two years at Trident before transferring to The Citadel School of Engineering. You finish your last two years attending evening classes.

The program is designed and offered to enable the full-time student to complete the upper two years of the program and receive a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering within two academic years and two summers.