Commencement – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Wed, 26 Aug 2020 18:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Commencement – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Citadel postpones parade, events honoring Class of 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-postpones-parade-events-honoring-class-of-2020/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 18:00:05 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18140 Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the parade honoring the Class of 2020 which had been scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19 will be postponed.]]>

Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the parade honoring the Class of 2020 which had been scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19 will be postponed. Also postponed is the opportunity for 2020 graduates to walk the stage and receive their diplomas from General Walters or a legacy presenter. The Citadel will announce a new date once conditions enable such large gatherings.

Citadel leadership made the decision, along with cancelling all review parades in September, in order to keep the campus and local communities safe through the pandemic.

“We will conduct in-person events to honor the Class of 2020 when conditions permit,” said Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.) president of The Citadel. “It will be a great day when we can welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus and fully celebrate their accomplishments together as a Citadel family.”

For more information about COVID-19, and the actions The Citadel is taking to keep campus safe, click here.

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A dubious distinction? Hardly! Meet The Citadel’s 80-year-old, Class of 2020 graduate https://today.citadel.edu/a-dubious-distinction-hardly-meet-the-citadels-80-year-old-class-of-2020-graduate/ Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:00:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16833 "I worked as many as three part-time jobs at once to get by. Still, I always regretted not being able to finish my degree at The Citadel with my class in 1961."]]>

Photo above: Thomas Dewey Wise on his Citadel graduation day celebrating with his triplet grandchildren, (left to right) Hannah, John Dewey “J.D.” and Katlin.

When Thomas Dewey Wise was first contacted about his most recent accomplishment — being the oldest person to earn a degree from The Citadel — he responded, saying that perhaps it was “a dubious distinction.”

“One of my granddaughters asked my wife, Pat, ‘Why is he doing this? Doesn’t he know he will be too old to get a job when he graduates?’ Wise joked in an email.

At one time, from 1957-1959, Wise was a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Then, it got complicated. Now, 61 years later, he graduated as a member of The Citadel Class of 2020, earning a Master of Arts in International Politics and Military Affairs, from The Citadel Graduate College in May.

Perhaps for Wise, after a lifetime of hefty accomplishments, earning a master’s degree (with honors) at the age of 80 isn’t a huge deal. But he did come a long way from his modest beginnings in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Thomas Dewey Wise celebrating his Citadel Class of 2020 commencement virtually on May 9, 2020. He graduate with honors, as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

According to Wise, his father left school after the ninth grade. His mother passed away when he was 13 and he had to start working 40 hours a week to help. Attending The Citadel was just a dream until his uncle offered to pay his tuition. But, after his uncle became ill, Wise had to leave the Military College of South Carolina.

Wise went back to Orangeburg, worked and saved, and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He kept going, earning a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law. (He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Fourth Circuit.)

“I worked as many as three part-time jobs at once to get by. Still, I always regretted not being able to finish my degree at The Citadel with my class in 1961.”

In 1964, Wise entered the Army, completed Airborne School — having made more than 15 parachute jumps at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — and was sent to the war in Vietnam, before being sent to Washington D.C. as an appellate attorney for the Army Judiciary. As a captain, and after being awarded numerous medals, Wise returned to Charleston. Then, he built a law firm that eventually employed 23 attorneys. He was appointed Assistant County Attorney for Charleston County, and then was elected to the South Carolina Senate where he served for 12 years, focused on environmental conservation and children’s legislation.

Then-Senator Wise served on The Citadel Board of Visitors (the college’s governing body) from 1976 – 1984. He went on to found First Trident Savings Bank, serving on the bank’s board for years. Next, Wise left the practice of law and founded an international telecommunications company in Atlanta, Georgia.

An avid runner for much of his life, Wise was instrumental in organizing the first Cooper River Bridge Run in 1977, was named to the Cooper River Bridge Run Hall of Fame, and awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Nikki Haley for his years of service to the state.

And during all of that, Wise and his wife Pat had sons Timothy and David (who graduated from the Citadel in 1994) and four cherished grandchildren.

In 2001, Wise “retired” and returned to South Carolina. He continued his education and passion for conservation through Clemson University, becoming a Master Wildlifer, a Master Gardener, a Master Tree Farmer and a Master Naturalist, devoting more than 500 hours of volunteer service to the Charleston county Master Gardner Program. He purchased 1,400 acres of barren pine land, which he converted into an award- winning wildlife habitat.

He credits his mother for fostering his love of learning. “We did not have many possessions, but somehow my mother bought a 26 volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia.” Wise said he read every volume.

But, why the master’s degree now?

“I was at a meeting with some Citadel friends in 2016, including Maj. Gen. Cliff Poole, Class of ’59. I said at one point I had thought about going back to The Citadel to get a master’s degree, but that I’d be 80 by the time I completed it. Cliff did not say anything for a while, but finally looked at me and asked, ‘How old will you be in three years if you don’t go back for the degree?’ Wow. Of course, I would rather be 80 years old with the degree than 80 years old without it. That was my ‘Carpe Diem’ moment.”

(Left) Thomas Dewey Wise, Citadel Class of 2020 with his son and his son, David, Citadel Class of 1994, showing off their bands of gold.

Now, in addition to admiring his band of gold next to his son’s, Wise offers thanks to two women who helped him:

“Dr. Sarah Tenney Sharman. She was my faculty advisor as well as a professor. She is a great credit to her profession and The Citadel and is a wonderful person. And my wife Pat earned this degree as much as I did. We live about two hours from campus, so she accompanied me to school and, while I was in class, she’d wait in the library. Then, she’d drive us home late at night. My Citadel ring has her name and the date of our marriage inscribed inside.”

What’s next for Thomas Dewey Wise?

I am writing my autobiography now. I want to somehow convey to my grandchildren what life was like before the digital revolution. I am writing a history book about the area of Colleton County we live in and a book about a distant relative by marriage, George Yarborough (Citadel Class of 1916) who earned the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I and whose portrait hangs in Daniel Library. I am publishing my master’s thesis which I expanded into a book entitled Hubris and The American Experience in Vietnam. Then, I want to find a position, doing analytical writing from home, perhaps with some think tank.

But truly, I felt greatly honored to learn I would be the oldest person to earn a Citadel degree. Surely someone will come along soon and break that record.

Thomas Dewey Wise
Citadel Class of 2020

Click on the box below to view Wise’s commencement video thanking his friends and family.

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The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-graduate-college-class-of-2020/ Sat, 16 May 2020 20:00:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16454 Nearly 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students from The Citadel Graduate College accepted degrees during The Citadel’s virtual commencement.]]>

Nearly 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students from The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) accepted degrees during The Citadel’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

The Citadel Class of 2020 was celebrated for their achievements during two virtual commencement ceremonies, one for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and one for the CGC. Both can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page and on a special commencement website.

Part of the virtual commencement celebrations included creating a webpage for each graduate, where they and their loved ones can share messages. In total, more than 6,000 messages were left on the commencement profile pages.

Included in the ceremony:

  • 307 Master’s Degree students
  • 92 College Transfer Students (Undergraduate/evening or online)

The following students were among the graduating class:

Name    
AlyssaAlexander
HaroldThomasAnderson
MatthewBrianAnderson
JosephCastlemanAnnibale
ChristinaSoydenArnold
RichardGilbertArthur
ArielAyala
RoseMarieBailey
GraceElizabethBarry
DeborahAnneBarton
ZoeGraceBateman
TimothyBryanBeckham
LeilanyKristynBenejam
SandraDannetteBloom
MichaelBordner
NicoleMarieBossak
MichaelTaylorBrand
MatthewBrizzee
ArthurBradleyBrown
CherylenaLasttesBrown
DrewMichaelBryan
TaylorBuckley
AshleyBuckner
StevenColeBuffington
RemusBulmer
AdrienneEubanksBundrick
JohnZacharyBurchfield
KimElizabethBurton-Goides
JordanTaylorBuster
RyanMichaelButler
JayBaxterCaldwellIII
CurtisJeromeCapersJr.
LisaAnnCapriotti
VictoriaCarle
MaryCatherineCarmody
RossIanCaterino
MaeldaMirandaChalk
MeganSuzanneChampion
DavidFrancisChang
MackenzieChasteen
AshlynNoelleChism
JosephKeithClark
TaylorDawnCleeve
TimothyJohnCockrellJr.
ThomasJamesCoger
WilliamHunterColeIII
JosephArthurCollierII
MarieLaVigneConnelly
BryantMcLendonConyers
KenzieJoshuaCook
TylerDeanCovington
EzraCourtenayCowanJr.
TaylorJamesCox
RichardBadhamCoxeJr.
ShaniquaLatoyaCrews
DanielAlexanderCurlee
BrendanDavisDarby
ChristinaMarieDarby
DerekDevera
SarahJaneDevins
RochelleDomingue
VictoriaJoyDouglass
CassandraLashaeDowdy
EllenAshleyDuffy
WilliamWatsonDukeII
DavidBrandonDunevant
DanielArthurDuran
StevenChristopherDwiggins
KayceThaddeusElgin
JenniferLattanzioElkins
CatherineElliott
BritneyPrecilianaEllison
AlexandriaMarieEnglish
ZacharyOrionEvans
AllisonCatherineFabick
EmilySyngeFanguy
AaronZandFarzam
WilliamAlexanderFaulconer
LucyKaitlynFaulkner
MeganFederline
CatherineGraceFehrmann
MadelineAlexandraFellabom
AdrieneJamalFennell
StephenPabloFernandezdeBobadilla
CourtneyFetchen
JacquelineMacKenzieFischer
AmySueFleury
AndrewWalkerFloyd
MartinJamesFosberryIII
LeahKhindeFrazier
NicholasEdwardFrye
RicoGabriel
ShannelGaillard
JuliaLouiseGamarraMendoza
LuisGamarraMendoza
OadiahYvonneMeganGassett
MarisaGerena-Valentin
CarolineRoseGilbert
JenniferBethGnann
NatalyaGoldschmidt
RobertEdwinGordon
JillianRoseGouin
JonettaGregory
CarleneMarieGriffin
LauraJaneGuillen
CarolynClaireGutshall
JeanneMorrellHarrell
WilliamBennettHartley
MichaelA.Hassan
ConnorMilesHaugen
SarahParkerHearn
GeraldineChristianHenderson
JamesRodneyHendrickson
MatthewJonathanMyronHershman
Mary-MargaretHewitt
SierraLeoneHeyward
JamesAustinHigginbotham
AudreyMaeHiggins
KristenAnneHiggins
LindsayAndersonHill
JamesRyanHolbrook
TeniseLeChelleHolloway
SarahElisabethHooper
AustinHopcia
DonaldKellyHoward
WandaHughes
ZacharyRoyHuskins
GaryScottIce
MarkAllenIsaak
KimberlyIslas
MarjorieCorleyIsley
JamesLeoJacko
HopeSchraderJohnston
KatherineElizabethJordan
ZacharyThomasJordan
DanielleSimoneJoseph
JamesBevanJoseph
JohnPaulKarabees
NicholasLeeKarekel
PatrickPhillipKeefe
ConnorJayKern
ReggieKern
MarcusAaronKiriluk
KaraMarieKlein
KendreaDanielleKnight
MichaelKramer
MaryElizabethKroeger
RyanKunitzer
TaylorColeLafever
BrittanyBoswellLane
AmyElizabethLangdon
DanielRobertLawrence
RobinElizabethLawson
LeeanneJoleneLeary
NicholasAbramLee
PatriceAnneLeko
ConorSeamusLenahan
PeterJordanLocher
VictoriaNicoleLockridge
ScottJamesLusby
SarahElizabethLynch
MaryFrancesMace
JeremyStephenMackey
ToshawnkaMahone
PatrickDennisMangumJr.
SaraBrittanyMangum
JakePatrickMansfield
BerkeleyMarieMartin
ColinThomasMartin
GrahamJ.Martin
SaraMoellerMassey
KelseyLynnMazzocco
ErinClaireMcCarthy
RobertJamesMcCarthy
TaylorAnnPraterMcCormick
JoelCalvinMcCullough
JohnRichardMcEvoyJr.
LaurenAshleyMcManus
HilaryGarvinMcWhorterJr.
ThomasDavidMelvin
ValerieKayMeshell
SeanChristopherMichael
AmeliaMalloyMiddleton
LatoshiaEvodneyMiddleton
LyndseyElizabethMilburn
BenjaminHardyMillerII
JasonRobertMiller
EdwardVictorMirmowIV
JessicaPaigeMoeller
ToniReneeMoore
MatthewEdwardMorgan
KyleJosephMorris
KerryAyaMorrissey
RichardMarkMorvinJr.
QuentinAnthonyMullen
AnnaBagwellMullins
ElinorPraterMurray
MelissaReevesMyrick
FrancesElizabethNeal
ErinAlannaNeil
DrewThomasNickels
JenniferPriscillaBriekeNorred
AustinTimothyO'Donoghue
CarlyOsborn
ScottOwens
MatthewKellardPaiva
CarrieElizabethPapa
BrianBenjaminParker
CatherineElizabethParker
BenjaminFranklinParmenterII
MatthewMilburnPatterson
LauraButlerPeirano
TianaJanae'Peoples
JohnWilliamPerry
ShawnStevenPfeffer
ScottPierson
JorgeFernandoPinillosJr.
NathanChristopherPlatt
MichaelJacobPopovich
RachelLynnPowers
AshleyElizabethPrentice
JamesWestonQuintrell
GabrielOmarRamos
NicholasLewisRanko
DanielleAshleyRappel
KristinAnneRebholz
RebeccaNicoleRedman
WilliamWadeReid
JohnFletcherRickardJr.
MarinelleRiley
MichelleSueRoberts
AlexandraConwayRodis
KeeanaJanaiRoss
KenndalRote
AliciaH.Rouse
AshleyCamilleRussell
CassandraLeighRyman
ChristopherSaddlemire
KathrynAnnSanders
JoshuaPearreSansbury
DavidThomasSanto
MichaelJamesSarkkinen
TabithaDawnSaunders
CarolineBelleSawyer
KennethJohnScarlett
RachelVictoriaSchaefer
ThomasAdamSchaefer
KatherineMcDanielSchilling
AlexisScott
JustinScottSeagle
RebeccaLynnSeley
JohnLucasSemsar
JamesLouisSharpII
ArnedraDarcelleSimpson
ScheherazadeW.Smalls
AsiaNicoleSmith
KevinLaronClarenceSmith
VictoriaSheaSmith
ArielleLarisaSnyder
MorganSpencer
JosephChandlerSprinkles
RachaelStaats
AnnaElisabethStillinger
OliviaDanaiStine
RavenReneeStone
JohnNeelySweatt
AbigailBriarSwenson
SamanthaLouiseSzwak
EmmaLoisTartt
ErinWhitneyLaMarcheThomas
RonaldTimothyThompson
WilliamRussellTindalII
LenaRheeTravers
AnnaToddGeorgeTraynham
GrantTucker
KaleyBrookTucker
AnnieBrooksVangilder
WilliamLukeVoris
SeanRichardWalgrave
DevonLambertWall
TimothyJustinWalter
AyrielWilliamsWashington
MarvetteMariaWashington
KimberlyEllisWaters
MarkChristopherWatson
SamanthaWatson
TaylorLoganWatson
BrandeeBranchWethington
WilliamWhaley
MargaretSikesWhite
RebeccaRoseWhite
StevenNathanielWhitener
BaileeWilliams
AmberNicoleWilliamson
DannieJoWilson
KarleyElizabethWilson
MatthewWarrenWilson
MichelleLeeWilson
JessicaMedlinWise
ThomasDeweyWise
NicoleMuckenfussWren
KennethAbramWrightJr.
JessicaMcKenzieYarborough
AaronMichaelYoung
MarleyBrayYoung
JeffreyRayZeigler
HannahKarrasDunbarZervos
AlexisNoelAyoub
ShannaMichelleBaconLynn
WilliamBarrBailey
JasonDanielBaker
MichaelBarrineau
StaceyAnnBarrington
MaelynBelmondo
LaTishaJanayBowman
GilbertBowmanBradhamJr.
RobertNealBradley
CoryEvanBrashear
CrystynNeelyBrown
JonathanEarlBrown
LacurtiaDijohnnaiseChapreBrown
MatthewDaleBurton
CoreyMatthewByrd
RobertTaylorCarsten
TabathaAnneCarter
CharlesRobertClinemyerJr.
MatthewStephenColeman
JoshuaWilliamCooper
JasonRaymondCorbin
BradleyDigginsCostello
KristiL.Cowart
KyleBrabhamCreech
JohnJooHwanCruz
ElizabethGarrettDavis
SydneyBryceDeNett
RutledgeAnthonyDetyensJr.
JoshuaBaileyEvans
RossKirkwoodEvansJr.
NicoleMarieFlexner
KellyReneFranceschi
CanzettaMardriceGailliard
JustinBlakeGeisler
HarleyGeorge
ThomasConnorGuess
SaraMargaretGulia
NathanJamarHaggwood
WilliamPaulHerring
JohnWillliamHopkinsIII
SerenaAliciaJohnston
MichaelJamesKahly
LeonaWashingtonKing
NathanThomasKovacs
WilliamKovalczykIII
WilliamEdwardKroeger
AlexisEllenLehman
AlexanderWarrenLester
GeorgeAndrewLeventisJr.
ArielLindsayLinder
BlakeAllenLipscomb
MallorySandraLipton
DiegoAlbertoLopez
ThomasP.Lorge
IsaiahJoshuaLowmanV
ThomasAlbertMadden
RickyLinnMarchantJr.
NathanMichaelMarshall
AndreEvrolMckenzie
DavidChesterMcLawhornIV
DallasCharlesMcNamara
SamanthaJanetteMetts
AlexanderMaxMeyers
HannahGislinaMackenzieMorris
KarinaNaumenko
AlanBazelNewsome
JosephAlbertOrtega
KarlaNabilaPazmino
JustinMichaelPeek
ShaneAnsonPetry
CharityLynnPippin
ChloeMichellePittman
CalvinPitts
DonaldLarryPrice
JacobJosephPytlik
MariaZeranneSabaterReveral
ChristianRevollo
JoeRobinson
MichaelTylerRudd
MichaelAlanSchmieder
LoganReidSchulken
JacksonGrantShugart
GregorySmith
MarkAndrewSzlachetka
HomerTiptonIII
JessicaAshleeTucker
RogerAlfredoValenzuela
BrandiReneeVanover
EricaS.Watts
DawnWells
ShawnRyanWhetstone
AlexanderJamesWhite
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South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/south-carolina-corps-of-cadets-class-of-2020/ https://today.citadel.edu/south-carolina-corps-of-cadets-class-of-2020/#comments Wed, 13 May 2020 20:28:55 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16366 Nearly 600 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets accepted diplomas during The Citadel’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.]]>

Nearly 600 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets accepted diplomas during The Citadel’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. In addition to graduating, about 30% of the class accepted commissions as U.S. military officers in all branches of service.

The Citadel Class of 2020 was celebrated for their achievements during two virtual commencement ceremonies. Both can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page and on a special commencement website.

Part of the virtual commencement celebrations included creating a webpage for each graduate, where they and their loved ones can share messages. In total, more than 6,000 messages were left on the commencement profile pages. To view an example of a graduate page, click here to see the profile for Richard “Ben” Snyder, the 2019-20 Regimental Commander.

By the numbers, the ceremony included:

  • 590 cadets from 33 states
  • Approximately 210 cadets are earning commissions in all branches of U.S. Armed Forces to become new officers. These ceremonies were also virtual, managed by each ROTC branch.
  • 26 veteran students
  • 4 active duty students

The following cadets were among the graduating class:

Last nameFirst name   
AchterkirchPeterStephen
AdamsMonteleMarkwese
AdkinsRyanMatthew
AllenGavinAlexander
AlsbrookJosephMorganHunt
AlvarezLarryStephenIII
AndersonMarshallJames
ArlineOscarRiley
ArnoldRomanAlexander
AsherMichaelIlan
AskinsJohnDyer
AvalosEricCristian
Bach-DavisGriffinLloyd
BaerCharlesDean
BaghdadyMohamedGaber
BakerJustinScott
BallardNathanielAaron
BarbeeAllenHunter
BarberDanielForbes
BarberenaDanielJarrett
BarberoMichaelPatrickII
BarbotJeniferLyn
BarnesDonaldMilling
BarrettPhillipMatthew
BarrineauAbigailAnn
BauknightPaulFoster
BeasleyJackHenry
BeckerAndrewSamuel
BehneyNicholasHarrison
BeierBookerJeffrey
BelidaDylanCharles
BellAustinJonathan
BellPrestonMichaelDollard
BergeronAlbertWilliamIII
BestJacobStuart
BiancoCoryBrenton
BishopWilliamTaylor
BittingGraysonSawyer
BlackburnZacharyThomas
BlairMatthewBryce
BlankenshipJacobBartholomew
BlantonSamuelCharlesIV
BlountRayQuanMarquis
BobelMichaelAustin
BogdanAndrewTyler
BordNathanLawrence
BotkinBrandonLane
BourletKearaMorgan
BradfieldMatthewThomas
BradfordJacquaryMarquise
BrawleyAaronIsaiahDon
BrennanHunterPaul
BridenbaughDonaldPeterIII
BroachBryceWilliam
BroadBreanaMarie
BroadBreanaMarie
BrooksShilohMark
BrownHenryTaylor
BrownJefferyStacyJr
BrownRhaeiChristian
BrownTannerPreston
BrunsonKeithHunt
BryantAndrewRichard
BryantMitchellTodd
BuckhannonCollinPatrick
BucklesGabrielPaul
BudaJacksonWilliam
BuddenbergAlexJames
BurgerSeanWilliam
BurgessElenaAnn
BurkLeeThomas
BurkeClaytonMichael
BurkholderTaylorMcCoy
BurnMurrayThomas
BurrisRianDerek
ButterfieldAndrewChristopher
ByrnesMatthewAlexander
CainAlbertRyanJr
CalkinsHunterChristian
CampbellPeytonAlexander
CarterCraigRobert
CascoOtoniel
CharlesSamuelBennett
ChenBoey
ChiuCheng-Yu
ChoppaJacobAllen
ChuChun-Jung
ClarkDavidAllen
ClarkJackVandiver
ClarkTimothyGrant
CobbCameronChristian
CochranEdwardHutchinsonIII
CokerJohnThomas
CollinsEmmettMichael
ColuccioSalvatoreConstantinos
ConleyCharleyJames
ConnollyShaneMichael
CooperAlexanderMason
CorbettConnorFranklin
CorleyGunterPrice
CosteCharlesLee
CoteRyanJoseph
CothranBrianAlexander
CourtneyWilliamWest
CoveyGunnerKlein
CramerChristopherMichael
CrawfordJacobTyler
CreechRobertSandersIV
CroftJohnWillson
CrookJacksonLee
CrosbyZacharyShannon
CrosswhiteWilliamJackson
CrowderRobertLeeIII
CullerHoldenKeefe
CummingsRichardCole
CurtisJohnThomasJr
CurtisJosephEdwardJr
DalhouseMalcolmDavid
DanielWilliamAlexander
DavidsonRobertGageIII
DavisJonathanDavidJr
DavisJonathanMatthew
DavisMeganElizabeth
DawesPrestonMatthew
DeGenovaAdamEmory
DelpizzoJohnRichard
DennenKaitlynTaylor
DennisJamesHenry
DerrickDaxtonStorm
DeSalleJuliannaMarie
DeStefanoJohnWilliam
DiegelAndrewBenton
DiNovoAnnaElizabeth
DiSabatinoJacobPasquale
DixonChaseBeauregard
DobinMitchellDavid
DobrichSarahElizabeth
DockinsRossAlexander
DohertyOliverAndrew
DoudVictoriaElizabeth
DouglasJaredBrian
DuaneMartinLiam
DunbarRichardH
DuongDavid
DurnanWilliamWaldron
DykensAdamNathaniel
EckertSamuelCole
EdwardsGradyCorneliusIII
EichEthanVictor
ElgazarMustaphaMohamed
Elliott-FordTrevonDebarr
EllmannTimothyLeonard
EppleyJohnThomas
EppsBlakelyTaylor
ErmakovArthurOleg
ErneyJoshuaMichael
ErwinWoodsTwitty
EvansCharlesWadeIII
EvdemonMatthewGraham
FarrTylerGrant
FeinbergColtonRyan
FeldmanParkerJoseph
FinnesethGunnarPaul
FiskCaitlinSaenz
FitzhenryJesseJoseph
FoggoIanWilliam
FollinJohnThomas
FouldsTaylorSteven
FranklinHunterSean
FranklinJacobAdam
FrazierJohnPaulJoseph
FrazierJohnRhettIV
FritzJacobMatthew
GaillardGriffithBlaine
GambertKyleMichael
GambillColeAllen
GardnerAndrewRonald
GardnerJasonCampbell
GarrellRaymonBryce
GarrettDrakeWilliams
GatesJacobIsaac
GauseWilliamJosephRyan
GeterAaronTyrek
GibsonCeciliaKarinSong
GilbertRobertCoker
GilstrapJon-ScotBradley
GodekJacobPaul
GonzalezGabrielAndres
GraupnerDavidJosephJr
GreenJeremyChristian
GreveRichardArthur
GriffithMicahDuggan
GudenburrDouglasHenry
GunnPaulAlexander
GuthKaeleighChristel
GuyTraceJordon
HallJohnRandallIII
HallKevinKarl
HamiltonChandlerGrant
HamiltonConnorJames
HamiltonHunterBlake
HamiltonJosephTrammell
HammeranAlexandraLynn
HammondLoganCampbell
HammondMatthewDavid
HarleyHartLegette
HarrelsonSpencerCash
HarringtonNicholasJohn
HarrisWilliamEllis
HavenerJesseVere
HeathWilliamWalker
HeintschelAlexanderJonathan
HelmsCharlesBrandon
HembreeBraydenBanks
HemphillPaulHardin
HendersonThomasClark
HensleyRichardGunnar
HesseWilliamPatrick
HessionHenryFrancisXavierVI
HesterBenjaminThomas
HicksIanJeremy
HillRustonLeBarreII
HinsonMillsGray
HoefgenGreerOlivia
HofferEthanMitchell
HohlbeinAdamJoseph
HohlbeinIanJoseph
HollidayJohnathanDevin
HoneycuttRichardOdis-Bane
HopeWilliamPIV
HoughJasonPhillip
Howard-WhitakerPrinceWilliam
HowardRobertLouisIII
HtooJoshuaGaynay
HudgensNicholasCrosswell
HuffAllenPierce
HughesShaneJefferry
HuntingtonRyanMatthew
HutchinsQuintinBentley
InglisJohnBrewer
JablonskiVincentEdward
JacksonAshleyMonique
JacksonRyanAustin
JacobsWilliamHarrison
JalbertHannahRae
JeffcoatBraxtonSharron
JeffordsDavisMarion
JenningsJamesPatrick
JensenCameronDouglas
JhangRong-Rong
JhangRong-Rong
JohnsonJonathanMichael
JohnsonLoganMarie
JohnsonNikolausRaymond
JonesNikolasMichael
JonesOliviaDonetta
JustAlexJoseph
KamaraBallahYaroh
KaritisJosephWilliamIII
KarresGusMichael
KellamMeridithClarke
KelleyJamesDillard
KelleyLiamClyde
KennedyMatthewJordan
KentCharlesCameron
KentJesseLouis
KetphanPhromnachanok
KhanFauzanAhmed
KicklighterBradfordDavid
KiddAidanChristopher
KilloughNoahLance
KilpatrickAustinChandler
KimBryanJongin
KimYoon
KingGeorgeShieldsIII
KinseyChaseBronson
KinseyDacotaNicholas
KirschtDevinMaureen
KiserEugenePickensJr
KlassenBenjaminCharles
KlauberCarolineSims
KroneVictoriaGrace
KuchtaDenisJamesIII
LavalleeZacharyNeil
LeeSae-Eun
LemmonsLelandAlexander
LentzDavidMichael
LewisParkerAlexander
LewisThomasCharles
LimaMichaelAssis
LindseySloanAddison
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Crosswhite celebrates virtual graduation from The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/crosswhite-celebrates-virtual-graduation-from-the-citadel/ Wed, 13 May 2020 16:42:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16373 For Jack Crosswhite, Citadel Class of 2020, the traditions of graduation go beyond getting a diploma and tossing a hat in the air.]]>

Photo: Jack Crosswhite wears his Citadel uniform for the last time

As seen in The Statesville Record & Landmark, by Donna Swicegood

Jack Crosswhite didn’t get to walk across the stage in front of his classmates and a contingent of family and friends nor did he experience tossing his hat in the air when the ceremony ended.

His experience was like that of every college senior who saw their achievement recognized in a virtual ceremony.

For Crosswhite, the traditions of graduation go beyond getting a diploma and tossing a hat in the air. For the first time in 175 years, Crosswhite and his fellow cadets at The Citadel weren’t able to celebrate their graduation with the turning of their rings, at least in person, nor were they able to walk in the Long Gray Line parade.

“It was definitely different,” Crosswhite said. “For four years I’ve been looking forward to being with my brothers at the Citadel. “It is the most important day in your college career.”

Instead of graduating on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, Crosswhite was sworn in and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Army in his father, Joe’s, backyard. He was surrounded by as many family and friends as could be accommodated with social distancing in mind.

Jack Crosswhite takes his oath of office from The Citadel surrounded by his father, Joe, and mother, Stacey

“It wasn’t perfect, but it was the best it could be,” he said.

The setting may not have been what he dreamed about when he entered The Citadel four years ago, but Crosswhite said the virtual ceremony was just as emotional as he anticipated. “I was emotional and I was tearing up,” he said.

Crosswhite said attending The Citadel was something he set his sights on in the seventh grade. He visited the school when he was “a wee little lad” but wasn’t impressed. “I hated that school,” he said.

A few years later, as a seventh-grader and with encouragement from local attorney and Citadel alumni Jason Ralston, he took a second look. “I got to see the cadets in uniform and I was pretty much in love with the school from then on. It was 175 years of history.” Crosswhite said.

He said he decided early on that he wanted to go to a military school and forge a career in the armed forces. Serving his country, he said, is a family tradition. His grandfather, Bill Crosswhite, was a veteran as is his father, Joe, and uncle, Billy Ford.

Second Lt. Jack Crosswhite salutes his father, Joe, following his commencement and commission from The Citadel

By the time it came to apply for college, Crosswhite said, his heart was set on The Citadel. “It was the only school I applied to,” he said.

After nearly four years, he was excited about taking part in all of the military traditions that come with a Citadel graduation. But it was not to be. He and his classmates left campus in March for spring break, looking forward to the break but coming back to finish their last year. The coronavirus pandemic was a part of the discussion but not one they believed would interfere with the remainder of their college days.

“When I left for spring break I had the intention of coming back,” he said. “We were talking about it in the mess hall and we were sure we would be back. We never went back. That was weird that I didn’t get to look around one final time as a cadet and appreciate it.”

He said The Citadel did a great job organizing the virtual commencement.

Second Lt. Jack Crosswhite salutes his uncle, Billy Ford

Ralston said the commencement was as ceremonial as it could have been under the circumstances. “Jack was in his full dress uniform and he looked sharp,” he said. “It was the best it could be without being there.”

Crosswhite was surrounded by his parents, Joe Crosswhite and Stacey Crosswhite and by family and friends, including Ralston.

Billy Ford hugs his nephew, Jack Crosswhite, after Crosswhite’s swearing in and graduation ceremony from The Citadel

His first salute as an officer was delivered to his uncle, Billy Ford, who wore his Marine uniform to make sure his nephew didn’t miss out on that tradition.

Ralston said the Long Gray Line is a tradition that he took part in and understands the significance of walking in one single line with classmates. But there are plans to do the parade for the class of 2020 in the fall, he said.

Jack Crosswhite (right) is shown with his uncle, Billy Ford (left) and father, Joe

Crosswhite said he plans to be back at The Citadel for the parade if possible but many of his classmates will not be able to go back due to military commitments.

Crosswhite doesn’t have to report for his duty station, Fort Sill, Oklahoma until January.

He said he’s proud to be a graduate of The Citadel and a member of the U.S. Army. But, he said, he knows he didn’t do it alone. “I want to thank everybody along the way. I wouldn’t have been able to do it if not for them,” he said. “I am so honored I was given the opportunity to do that.”

Crosswhite said he had one message when he saluted his father after the commencement. “I’ve got big shoes to fill with my dad, big shoes. I told him I hope I do you proud. I will do my best to live up to the name.”

Jack Crosswhite is shown just after his second lieutenant bars were pinned on
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The nation’s newest Army officers https://today.citadel.edu/the-nations-newest-army-officers/ https://today.citadel.edu/the-nations-newest-army-officers/#comments Tue, 12 May 2020 19:35:35 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16368 Citadel cadets who earned commissions as officers in the U.S. Army celebrated via a virtual event offered by the college’s Palmetto Battalion AROTC unit.]]>

Citadel cadets who earned commissions as officers in the U.S. Army celebrated via a virtual event offered by the college’s Palmetto Battalion AROTC unit, commanded by Col. John Cyrulik, USA. An estimated 100 – 115 cadets participated in the event, according to Cyrulik.

The ceremony included the recitation of the oath by the cadets who were asked to be in uniform, if possible, and who had sponsors with them to pin their gold bars on those uniforms.

The college invites cadets to send photos of their first salutes, along with the names in the photographs, to OCM@citadel.edu.

For more information on the ROTC commissioning ceremonies, click here.

Citadel cadets who accepted commissions into the U.S. Army include:

2020 Army Rotc Commissioning Cadets

Achterkirch, Peter — Signal Corps
Adams, Montele — Military Police
Bach Davis, Griffin — ARNG
Baker, Justin — Medical Services Corps
Barberina, Justin — Infantry / ARNG
Bauknight, Paul — Military Police/ ARNG
Beier, Booker — Military Intelligence / USAR
Bell, Preston M. — Military Intelligence / ARNG
Blanton, Samuel — Transportation Corps
Blount, Rayquan — Field Artillery / ARNG
Bord, Nathan — Field Artillery / ARNG
Bridenbaugh, Donald — ARNG
Broach, Bryce — Medical Services Corps / USAR
Broad, Breana — Adjutant Generals Corps / ARNG
Brooks, Shiloh — Ordnance Corps
Brown, Rhaei — Transportation Corps / ARNG
Burger, Sean — Field Artillery
Burk, Lee — Chemical Corps
Chen, Boey — Quartermaster Corp
Choppa, Jacob — Field Artillery
Clark, Jack — ARNG
Cobb, Cameron — Infantry
Cockrell, Timothy — ARNG
Coker, John — ARNG
Cote, Ryan — Infantry
Crosswhite, William — Field Artillery
Curtis, Joseph — Quartermaster Corps
Davis, Jonathan — Corps Of Engineers / USAR
Dennen, Kaitlyn — Transportation Corps / ARNG
Dinovo, Anna — Military Police / USAR
Disabatino, Jacob — Infantry
Dockins, Ross — Adjutant Generals Corps/ Usar
Douglas, Jared — Medical Services Corps/ Usar
Durant, Jalen — Quartermaster Corps
Durnan, William — Ordnance Corps
Dykens, Adam — Chemical Corps
Eckert, Samuel — Infantry
Ermakov, Arthur — Signal Corps / ARNG
Erney, Joshua — Quartermaster Corps
Farr, Tyler — Corps Of Engineers
Franklin, Jacob — USAR
Frazier, John P. — Infantry / ARNG
Geter, Aaron — Medical Services Corps / USAR
Gonzalez, Gabriel A. — Quartermaster Corps
Griffith, Micah — Corps Of Engineers / ARNG
Hammond, Matthew — Field Artillery
Hembree, Brayden — Air Defense Artillery
Hester, Benjamin — Armor
Hill, Ruston — Infantry
Holliday, Johnathan — Military Police / ARNG
Honeycutt, Richard — Cyber / ARNG
Hughes, Shane — Chemical Corps
Jackson, Ashley — Quartermaster Corps / USAR
Jalbert, Hannah — Military Intelligence
Kamara, Ballah — Quartermaster Corps / USAR
Karres, Gus — Infantry
Kelley, James — Infantry / ARNG
Kennedy, Matthew — Military Police
Kent, Jesse — Military Intelligence / USAR
Kidd, Aiden — Infantry
Kim, Bryan — Signal Corps
Klassen, Benjamin — Field Artillery
Lowery, Thomas — Military Intelligence / USAR
Lucas, Brady — Aviation / ARNG
McAlear, Alexander — Military Police
Meetze, Dylan — Corps Of Engineers / ARNG
Minaudo, Anthony — Quartermaster Corps
Monteiro, Josef — Infantry
Moran, Lucas — USAR
Mullally, Brenden — Military Police
Neeley, Jordan — Signal Corps
Pack, Lewis — Infantry
Parker, Gavin — Armor/ ARNG
Peckham, Jacob — Armor
Phillips, Samuel — Corps Of Engineers / USAR
Puckett, Hunter — Field Artillery
Ramutkowski, Jeffrey — Armor / ARNG
Randall, Marcell — Adjutant Generals Corps / USAR
Ransom, Matthew — Air Defense Artillery / USAR
Renda, Sebastian — Infantry
Rhyne II, Paul — Aviation
Richerson,  Jake — Armor
Roides, Joshua — Finance / USAR
Ross, Huntor — Aviation / ARNG
Salazar, Matthew — Infantry
Sauls, Isaac — Field Artillery / ARNG
Schindler, Jake — Transportation Corps
Schoonover, Grant — Armor
Schrieks, Christopher — ARNG
Shave, Christian — Medical Services Corps
Shugart, William — Medical Services Corps / ARNG
Snyder, Ben — Infantry
Sullivan, Raymond — Corps Of Engineers
Terris, Carter — Infantry
Terry, Oliver — Field Artillery
Tia, Anamalae — Nurse Corp
Triplett, Joshua — Field Artillery
Vargas, Paul — Infantry
Viado, Christopher — Field Artillery
Vlass, Tyler — Quartermaster Corps / ARNG
Werder, Michael — Ordnance Corps
Westmoreland, William — Corps Of Engineers / USAR
Wilkening, Gabriel — Transportation Corps / USAR
Williams, Eric — Corps Of Engineers / ARNG
Wisniewski, George — Chemical Corps / ARNG
Wyble, Darrian — Infantry
Young, Bratton — ARNG
Zeigler, Brennen — Infantry / ARNG

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Swain School servant leaders dedicating futures to caring for others https://today.citadel.edu/swain-school-servant-leaders-dedicating-futures-to-caring-for-others/ Mon, 11 May 2020 20:00:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16318 During a major pandemic, men and women of The Citadel are moving ahead to dedicate their lives to caring for others through careers in healthcare.]]>

Photo above: Cadet Colleen Riegerix (right) with peers during medical internship for radiology

During one of the greatest pandemics in global history, men and women of The Citadel are moving ahead to dedicate their lives to caring for others through careers in healthcare.

“I will continue my job as a 911 paramedic at Orangeburg County EMS and, after passing the nursing board exam, will also work as a Critical Care Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Room registered nurse (RN),” said Serena Johnston, Citadel Graduate Class of 2020. “As a paramedic, I provide care to trauma patients. As an RN, I will be providing intense bedside care to critically-ill patients. I will provide this care with the high-quality education and training I have received from The Citadel and the exemplary nursing professors at our college.”

Johnston is one of 20 graduates from the Swain Department of Nursing. One of her peers, AnaMalae Lealofiamoa Tia, is a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and is The Citadel’s first nursing graduate to serve in the military.

“The Citadel has helped shape the person and leader that I am. The people who I have met here have helped mold me into the nurse I will be,” Tia said upon graduating.

The college’s inaugural class of nursing cadets and students graduated a year ago.

“When we envisioned a department of nursing at The Citadel, we knew the critical importance of this noble profession and hoped to address the shortage of nurses in the armed forces and nationwide. However, we never imagined creating a program that will meet such an immediate need during a global pandemic,” said Christopher C. Swain, M.D., ’81, chairman of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors and one of the founders of the Swain Department of Nursing. “Our family congratulates the Swain School of Science and Mathematics Class of 2020, and particularly those pursing health care careers, for their courage as they prepare to serve our community in such a profound and meaningful way.”

Meet some of the Swain School’s Class of 2020 healthcare bound graduates

Cristian Baguer

Degree: Biology
Destination: U. S. Army Reserves while pursing a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics 
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is the lifelong bonds with friends that we all make.”

John DeStefano

Degree: Biology
Destination: Medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

“For premedical students, there is no better place in South Carolina than The Citadel. Over 50,000 people apply to medical school every year, but only 40% get accepted. The people you are competing against are the top of their class with high GPAs and MCAT scores from household-name universities. The differentiating factor in the application process is the uniqueness and meaningfulness of the experience of each individual in their pursuit of a medical career. There are few places in the country that provide quite as unique or meaningful an experience as The Citadel. I interviewed for medical school along with my peers from Columbia, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Amherst, and even Harvard, but I had something that set me apart and three years of development that gave me confidence. For motivated students ready to learn, you will have professors to help guide you along each step of the way. You’ll have friends that last a lifetime. You will have MUSC, which affords fantastic research and volunteer opportunities, a stone’s throw away.”

Charles Evans

Degree: Exercise Science
Destination: Physician’s Assistant (PA) school; orthopedic surgery
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is the discipline and responsibility it instills in each cadet.”

Serena Johnston, Citadel Graduate College

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Destination: ER
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

“Initially after graduation I will take time to study and prepare for the NCLEX (RN licensing exam). While studying I will return to my current employment as a 911 Paramedic at Orangeburg County EMS. After passing the NCLEX boards I plan on pursuing employment as a Critical Care Intensive Care Unit (CCICU) or Emergency Room (ER) RN. Eventually, after the required experience I would like to pursue my specialty certification for either or both paths and then begin work on a Master’s Degree in Nursing.

As a paramedic I will be providing direct care to emergent and non-emergent trauma and medical patients. As a registered nurse in the ER or ICU I will be providing intense bedside care to critically ill patients. I will provide this care with the high-quality education and training I have received from The Citadel and the exemplary nursing professors at this college. While caring for patients I will be applying the Swanson Theory of Caring that has been taught to us.

I was born and raised in Charleston. This is my home. The Citadel has always been viewed with the highest regard in Charleston as a college of excellence with a long line of distinguished graduates that I am proud to walk behind. I believe in what The Citadel stands for Honor, Duty, Respect! For me it is the only way to live.”

Cory McIntosh

Degree: Exercise Science
Destination: Physical therapy school
Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina

“The friendships that come along with a cadet experience are truly amazing.”

Colleen Riegerix

Cadet Coleen Riegerix with sister Rachel Andrew, ’12, Andrew’s husband (left), and Andrew’s daughter, Rosie

Degree: Exercise Science
Destination: School of Radiology, Mercy Hospital, St. Louis
Hometown: St. Louis

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is that it is the road less traveled. It might be an unconventional choice and, as we all know, it leads you down a different path than everyone else. If you are up for a challenge, do it.

I came to The Citadel because I wanted to be a part of something important and I wanted that ring! My brother was the first to attend and then my sister ended up following two years later. I started running around on this campus when I was eight years old so I have been on this campus for “too long” some might say!

No matter what is going on throughout your time as a cadet, when you look at that ring you define it as what represents your time. I am so happy that I made the choice to come to The Citadel and I can’t wait to walk across the virtual stage with my 20 brothers and my 1 sister, remembering the amazing times I got to share with them. I love them all, they are truly my second family. Delta company 2020: ‘You did not wake up to be mediocre.'”

Christian Shave

Degree: Health and Human Performance
Destination: Medical University of South Carolina, Doctor of Physical Therapy program, followed by active duty with U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps
Hometown: Howell, New Jersey

“The Citadel provided connections that opened doors for me in healthcare and in the military.”

AnaMalae Tia

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Destination: U.S. Army
Hometown: Aiea, Hawaii

“The Citadel has helped shape the person and leader that I am. The people who I have met here have helped mold me into the nurse I will be. It is a place that is credited with giving me a vast wealth of knowledge and experience. There is no other school that can produce the connections and lifelong friendships that this one gives.”

When Vice President Mike Pence addressed the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel on Feb. 19, 2020, Tia was one of the people he spoke about.

“I’m told that when she was growing up, she used to help her family take care of her great-grandmother, and that experience inspired her to become a nurse.

But when she was debating where to go to college, it didn’t take her long to decide where to go.  Her father had served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years, and she was drawn to The Citadel’s sense of discipline and accountability, as I was told.

And she made the most of her opportunities here.  Today, she is a Gold Star/Deans List cadet, and her parents and her community couldn’t be prouder.  Would you join me in recognizing an incredible young woman who, this May, will become The Citadel’s first Army nurse, Cadet AnaMalae Tia.”

Vice President Mike Pence

The full list of The Citadel’s second graduating class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing cadets and students:

Cadets

William Miller Brunson
Holden Keefe Culler      
Christian Alexander Lee
Andrew Michael Mappus
Jessy Lenea Page
Caricia  Rodriguez
Hunter Wes Smith
AnaMalae Lealofiamoa Tia        

Evening Undergraduate Students

Shanna Michelle Bacon Lynn
LaTisha Janay Bowman
Crystyn Neely Brown
Lacurtia Dijohnnaise Chapre Brown
Robert Taylor Carsten
Tabatha Anne Carter
Serena Alicia Johnston
Alexis Ellen Lehman
Mallory Sandra Lipton
Samantha Janette Metts
Hannah Gislina Mackenzie Morris
Charisty Lynn Pippen

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Top cadet and faculty awards presented during The Citadel’s Virtual Commencement Plus https://today.citadel.edu/top-cadet-and-faculty-awards-presented-during-the-citadels-virtual-commencement-plus/ Sat, 09 May 2020 20:00:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16243 Recipients recognized for outstanding academic and professional achievements The Citadel honored four of its most outstanding cadets and two distinguished faculty members during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Virtual]]>

Recipients recognized for outstanding academic and professional achievements

The Citadel honored four of its most outstanding cadets and two distinguished faculty members during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Virtual Commencement Plus on Saturday, May 9.

The awards, which are given out annually, recognize the two cadets with the highest grade-point averages, the most courteous member of the graduating class, a cadet and a faculty member who achieved academic excellence, and a faculty member for his or her love of teaching.

The two academic leaders of the Corps

The David Shingler Spell First and Second Honor Graduates are the two cadets whose grade-point averages are the highest in each graduating class, based on the total college record of that class. Recipients of the awards receive a plaque and a stipend for educational expenses at the graduate level.

This year, Cadet Jeffrey Hunter McGee, an Accounting major from Bowling Green, Kentucky, earned the prestigious position of First Honor Graduate. McGee is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. For the past year, he led the Corps of Cadets as the Regimental Academic Officer. McGee will be taking a position as a Risk Advisory Consultant for Ernst and Young in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Second Honor Graduate for the Class of 2020 is Cadet James Rea Quimby. Quimby is a Physics major from York, South Carolina. In addition, Quimby is the recipient of numerous academic scholarships, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. During his senior year, he served as Second Battalion Commander. Quimby will go forward to serve his country as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He will proceed to Air Force Pilot training, where he hopes to become an Air Force Test Pilot.

Cadet Col. Ben Snyder earns John O. Willson Ring

The Class of 2020 voted to award the John O. Willson Ring to Cadet Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder, regimental commander for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Snyder is a Business Administration major from Powell, Ohio.

Richard Snyder

The John O. Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by their peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class.

Because of his outstanding leadership abilities, Snyder was selected to serve as Regimental Commander, responsible for the success and well being of 2,300 cadets. Academically, Snyder has excelled, earning Dean’s List recognition for all eight semesters.

He is a distinguished military graduate and will enter the Army as an officer, where his first assignment is to attend the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards presented to two dedicated scholars

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were presented to Cadet Olivia Jones and Kristen Hefner, Ph.D. The awards are presented annually through the New York Southern Society to a student and faculty member in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor.

Cadet Olivia Jones is an Honors Program student, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Military Affairs. Jones also serves as the Papa Company Commander, maintaining company morale while also adhering to the highest ethical standards. Jones has demonstrated her commitment as a servant-leader throughout her time at The Citadel, creating a Summer Food Service Program providing 3,700 meals to low-income families, promoting quality of life initiatives for Native American families in New Mexico, and providing community training for the most vulnerable in those communities.

Kristen Hefner, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, has distinguished herself as a teacher-scholar — spearheading community outreach initiatives in the areas of victim advocacy, domestic violence education, and creating rich service-learning opportunities for her students. For her service-learning project with People Against Rape, a community non-profit, Hefner and her student were awarded the “Good Citizen Award” by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Al Cannon and community victim advocates seek to continue Hefner’s humanitarian work, with her students having created over 200 uplifting and encouraging cards for survivors who have been impacted by violence.

Grimsley Award for excellence presented to engineering professor

Jason Howison, Ph.D., a professor of Engineering at The Citadel, received the James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.

Jason Howison, Ph.D.

Howison delivers excellence in teaching through care and concern for students and by being a master teacher in his specialization, which is aerodynamics and thermo-fluids. Interestingly, students give him top marks while simultaneously noting how hard they have to work in his classes and labs.

Howison is a registered professional engineer in South Carolina. He teaches courses in the thermal/fluids sequence as well as aerospace related technical electives and introductory engineering courses. 

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How to participate in The Citadel’s virtual commencement experience https://today.citadel.edu/virtual-commencement-how-to/ Fri, 08 May 2020 22:14:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16272 Here's what you need to know to participate in The Citadel's virtual commencement experience]]>

Greetings to our entire Citadel family!

Although we can’t be together to celebrate commencement, we can still view The Citadel’s virtual commencement experience and share our love and admiration for the Class of 2020! Let’s celebrate the achievements of our graduates, as well as the dedication and commitment of those who supported them. You can view and participate in the commencement experience in a number of ways, and we’ve prepared instructions for you below.

If you have any issues at all with your personal graduation profile, please complete this form on the virtual commencement website and we will address the issue right away.

How to watch the Virtual Commencement Ceremony

The Citadel’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast live on The Citadel’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and on the Virtual Commencement website. Here’s how you can access each ceremony using your platform of choice.

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST

The Citadel Graduate College Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m.

How to use the Virtual Commencement website

In addition to being one of the primary venues where you can watch The Class of 2020’s Virtual Commencement ceremony, the Virtual Commencement website provides many opportunities for you to celebrate your graduate before, during, and after the ceremony. 

How to watch the ceremony on the Virtual Commencement website

  1. Go to commencement.citadel.edu
  2. From the homepage, select “Corps of Cadets Commencement” or “Graduate College Commencement
  3. The virtual commencement ceremony will appear at the top of the page. If you arrive on the page prior to the start of the ceremony, you will see a countdown with the time remaining before the ceremony begins.

How to access a personal graduation profile

  1. Go to commencement.citadel.edu
  2. From the homepage, select “Corps of Cadets Commencement” or “Graduate College Commencement
  3. Scroll down to the “Search for a Graduate” module. From here, you can search for your graduate by name or click “View All” to search a complete listing of graduates from the Class of 2020.
  4. In the search results, select the name of the graduate profile you would like to access

How to use a personal graduation profile

  1. To hear the graduate’s name announced, click the “play” icon located next to the photo on their profile.
  2. (For Corps of Cadets graduates) To view all of the graduates in a company, click the name of the company that appears under their profile
  3. To share a graduate’s personal graduation profile on social media, click the appropriate share icon below their profile information
  4. To view a graduate’s video message, click the play button on their video. If you would like to save the video, you can click the “download” button below their video. For graduates who did not submit a video, a commemorative video for their graduating class will be available to view after the ceremony is complete.
  5. To leave your graduate a personal message, scroll down to the “Leave a message” module at the bottom of the page. Here, you can submit a personal message for a graduate. Once you submit your message it will be reviewed before it appears live on their profile.

How to download keepsakes from the virtual commencement website

  1. Following the end of the virtual commencement ceremony, videos from the ceremony will be available to download from the website. It may be necessary for you to refresh your internet browser after the ceremony is over for the download buttons to appear. 
  2. Click “download” below the video you wish to save. The download should begin automatically, though you may have to grant download permission through your internet browser.
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New Citadel graduates lean in to protect and serve https://today.citadel.edu/new-citadel-graduates-lean-in-to-protect-and-serve/ Fri, 08 May 2020 20:30:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16246 Many members of the Class of 2020 will lean in to protect and serve, carrying on the generations-old sense of duty established by cadets who preceded them.]]>

Many members of The Citadel Class of 2020 will lean in to protect and serve, carrying on the generations-old sense of duty established by cadets who preceded them.

“We have the most amazing people at our various age groups gathered in one place. This is absolutely incredible and a testament to us and the institution for the culture and types of people it draws,” said Cadet Michael Asher, who will be working with the Charleston Police Department after completing training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

As military officers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, cyber security warriors, prosecutors, secret service agents or three-letter-agency government operatives, these graduates will join the ranks of Citadel alumni across the globe, working to keep their communities, states and country safe.

Having earned degrees in Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Securities Studies, or Computer Science and Cyber Security, these men and women are committed to beginning their professional life in a role that contributes to the safety of others.

While some of the names and destinations of these graduates cannot be noted publicly, other graduates are able to share their next steps and positions, resulting from their diligent work as cadets and future leaders.

Cadet Montele Adams

Destination: Military Police Officer, U.S. Army
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Hephzibah, Georgia

“My job will be to protect the soldiers of the U.S. Army and related military installations around the world.”

Cadet Michael Asher

Destination: Charleston Police Department
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Atlanta

“The cadets will become your best friends, your brothers and sisters. I can personally say that when the time comes where you no longer live 20 yards from each other, it genuinely breaks your heart. This place will teach you so many things academically and about life. It will give you a creed for which to live by. It will give you connections throughout the world. However, none of these come close to the love and value we place on each other as classmates and brothers and sisters.”

Cadet Eric Avalos

Destination: Officer in Army National Guard/aviation
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Greer, South Carolina

Cadet Nathaniel Ballard

Destination: Naval Information Warfare Center, Charleston
Degree: Mathematics, Computer Science
Hometown: Coppell, Texas

“I’m looking forward to being data scientists with NIWC. I came to The Citadel for the military environment and for the great Computer Science program.”

Cadet Henry Brown

Destination: University of South Carolina School of Law with the goal of becoming a prosecutor in St. Louis
Degree: Political Science; Intelligence and Homeland Security Studies
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

“I was able to learn from leadership roles and responsibilities that only cadets at The Citadel can experience while growing my relationship with my classmates and fellow cadets.”

Juan Campana, Veteran Student

Destination: U.S. Federal Government Service
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies; Counter Terrorism
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“Earn a spot in life where alumni will stop and exchange words just because you wear the band of gold or even the Citadel Graduate College non-cadet ring. Being surrounded by the influential men and women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, faculty, staff, and alumni will be a life-changing experience.”

Cadet John Thomas “JT” Follin

Destination: Florence County Sheriff’s Office with the goal of earning my way on to the SWAT team
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Coward, South Carolina

“I have made brothers for a lifetime. The Citadel has also taught me time management and self-discipline for all aspects of life. I would not change the bonds I have made with the guys in my company. That’s what The Citadel is all about.”

Cadet Jacob Fritz

Destination: Officer in U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia
Degree: Criminal Justice; Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to improve one’s own level of discipline and find some sense of meaning in life. I came to The Citadel to commission into the Marine Corps, and I improved my sense of discipline by staying organized and using time-management skills to succeed in my academic studies. How well you do at this school is predicated on how much effort you put forth, and anyone can do well if that is what they truly desire.”

James Jacko, CGC undergraduate student

Destination: Continuing my career with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office as new detective
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina

“The people and the goals that are supported are the best reasons to attend The Citadel Graduate College.”

Cadet Parker Lewis

Destination: Officer in the U.S. Air Force; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Clemson, South Carolina

“The bond you make with your classmates at The Citadel is the closest thing to family that there is.”

Cadet Connor McDonald

Destination: The New Jersey State Police; Army National Guard
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Warwick, New York

“At The Citadel, it’s all about the people you meet while learning to complete a task given to you in a timely manner, with the utmost professionalism.”

Cadet Haylee Neal

Destination: Officer in U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

“The bonds made with your Citadel family will serve you professionally and personally. I know those that I shared my time with will be those I invite to my wedding, introduce my children to as aunt and uncle, and treasure forever.”

Michael Popovich, Graduate Student and father of current cadet

Destination: I will continue my work for the Naval Information Warfare Center as a security specialist. My duties currently include deployment of a physical enclave into a cloud environment and maintaining management, operational, and technical security controls to protect critical medical health information for US service members.
Degree: Master of Science in Engineering, Project Management
Hometown: U.S. Army bases

“My hope is to build a meaningful family legacy rich in tradition. My younger brother graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 2008 and my oldest son is currently part of the 2022 class. I have two other boys and I intend for them to both attend The Citadel in the future. My dream is for the family table to be full of Citadel rings during future holidays.

Cadet Will Riley

Destination: Colleton County Sheriff’s Office or Walterboro Police Department with the goal of serving the people in my home county in law enforcement for my entire career
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Walterboro, South Carolina

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to learn the value of hard work. My hard work and time here have paid off and I am graduating a year early.”

Cadet Grant Schoonover

Destination: U.S. Army; armor officer
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Andover, Kansas

Mark Vowells II, Active Duty Student, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program

Destination: Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps; infantry
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

“I think the professors are the best reason to attend The Citadel. All my professors at The Citadel have been outstanding. Not only are they excellent at communicating important information to us, they have all been leaders in their respective fields. It has been a real privilege to learn from some of the best in the business.”

Cadet George Wisniewski

Destination: Charleston Police Department and Army National Guard
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fleming, New Jersey

“I might have dropped out of college or knowing myself might have gone the wrong direction with drugs if I went to another college. I knew at the time when I applied, as I do now, that The Citadel would get me through and keep me away from that culture and life.”

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