Students – The Citadel Today Wed, 30 Jun 2021 18:22:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Students – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Top takeaways from virtual town hall meeting on June 29 Wed, 30 Jun 2021 18:08:18 +0000 Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021We are getting back to what we do best at The Citadel and we intend to get back to normal operations.]]> Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021

“Operations will return to normal for the fall semester”

During a virtual town hall on June 29, The Citadel President asked all cadets to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before matriculating or returning to campus for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), asked cadets to report their medical status related to the vaccine on the online admissions portal, and to bring their vaccination cards with them to campus.

“We are getting back to what we do best at The Citadel and we intend to get back to normal operations when the cadre report in July and when cadet-recruits matriculate on August 14,” Walters stated. “We are not mandating the vaccine, but one of the advantages that having the majority of our campus population vaccinated gives us is greater operational flexibility to maintain regular operations. For example, if someone tests positive for the virus we will know who in their direct contact circle was vaccinated and doesn’t need to be quarantined.” Walters added that vaccinations will be available on campus, as will COVID-19 testing.

Walters noted that applications for The Class of 2025 reflect a 14.8% increase from females and a 24% increase in applications from minority candidates.

“Class of 2025 cadets and parents can expect a normal Matriculation Day, with the flow arranged and directed by the cadet cadre,” Walters said. “Also, the dedicated parents from The Citadel Family Association will be present to help freshmen move into their rooms and get settled.”

There will also be an in-person Matriculation Day meeting with parents on the morning of check-in with the time announced at a later date.

Joining Walters was The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, who discussed that classes begin for the Corps on August 25. The new Commandant of Cadets, Col. Thomas Gordon, USMC, Citadel Class of 1991 was also present in his first formal function for the college, to help answer questions submitted by cadets and parents through The Citadel’s Facebook page. Gordon officially assumes the role on July 1.

Watch the recording of the virtual town hall below.

Cadets and families: get the intel needed to prepare for fall semester at The Citadel Thu, 24 Jun 2021 16:48:53 +0000 Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Incoming cadet recruits register by July 1 for The Citadel Success Institute All cadets and their families are encouraged to participate a June 29 virtual town hall, as the college]]> Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021

Incoming cadet recruits register by July 1 for The Citadel Success Institute

All cadets and their families are encouraged to participate a June 29 virtual town hall, as the college community looks forward to returning to normal operations in every way possible for the coming academic year.

Hear the plans and ask questions about the 2021-2022 fall semester during the virtual town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. It will be accessible from the college’s Facebook page.

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) and The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, will lead the session.

The Citadel Matriculation Day 2018
Matriculation Day at The Citadel, 2017.

Class of 2025: register by July 1 for Citadel Success Institute

Cadet recruits should remember that preparing for a successful knob year begins now. Matriculation Day is just weeks away on August 14. Detailed information on reporting times and flow will be available closer to that date.

One of the best ways to prepare is by attending The Citadel Success Institute which runs July 12–August 3.

The Citadel Success Institute is designed to helps to better prepare cadet recruits academically, emotionally, and physically for the rigors of The Citadel. Class of 2025 participants will earn credit in a course related to their majors, meet cadet mentors, hear from Medal of Honor recipients, make new friends within their class and work on team building exercises and physical fitness on a campus obstacle course. Statistics demonstrate that that students who participate in CSI are better prepared to succeed at The Citadel.

Students who have been accepted by The Citadel and have been medically cleared are highly encouraged to register for The Citadel Success Institute here, by July 1, 2021. Questions can be emailed to, or cadet recruits can call (843) 953-5705.

Additionally, all incoming members of the Class of 2025 should access The Cadet Success Packet online here. The packet defines the college’s core values of honor, duty and respect, explains expectations related to academic, military and physical fitness training, uniform requirements and more. Information in the packet will be updated, as needed, as Matriculation Day approaches.

Cadet recruit moving in during Matriculation Day 2019
Cadet recruit moving in during Matriculation Day 2019
Blacksburg grad gets ‘full ride’ to The Citadel Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 Zac Painter will enter The Citadel honors program in prestigious company when the Blacksburg High graduate heads to the military college.]]>

As seen in the Gaffney Ledger, by Scott Powell

Zac Painter will enter The Citadel honors program in prestigious company when the newly minted Blacksburg High graduate heads to the military college in August.

Painter was among eight students to receive a full ride to attend The Citadel’s premier program for intellectually and academically gifted students. The scholarship will cover the full cost of attendance at The Citadel, which was $30,400 for an incoming freshman cadet last school year.

Painter became interested in the military college when his dad toured the campus with a group of students enrolled in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

Painter was ranked fourth in his Blacksburg High graduation class. He played on the Blacksburg High varsity football, basketball and baseball teams while enrolled in challenging courses.

“I plan to major in electrical engineering,” Painter said. “I took an electronics class at the Institute of Innovation and fell in love with it.”

The Citadel School of Engineering currently has the 17th best engineering program in America, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report.

“There is a 100% job placement rate for students in their engineering school within three months of graduation,” Painter said. “This was a big deal for me when I thought about where I wanted to go to college.”

The Citadel is best known for its Corps of Cadets and draws students from 45 states and a dozen countries to live and study in a class military system focused on leadership and character development. The military college founded its Honor Program in 1987 to provide a community of curious students with interesting and challenging academic coursework.

After he was accepted in October, Painter said he decided to apply for scholarships available through The Citadel to see if he could help his family with his college costs. He was required to write three essays and do a personal interview with a professor before the Blacksburg native was selected to receive a full scholarship.

Painter has gotten an early morning wake-up call to go on 5:30 a.m. runs in recent weeks so he can improve his conditioning and fitness in preparation for life as a cadet at The Citadel.

“There will be no free time. I will take eight classes a year in the Honors Program,” Painter said. “I managed a tough academic schedule in high school while working and playing three sports. I feel my work ethic and how I managed my time helped me prepare.”

Joppatowne graduate Madison Matos hopes to aim high with Air Force following college at The Citadel Fri, 04 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 "I really found a love to be in the Air Force," she said. "I kind of wanted to branch out; I wanted to do something different."]]>

As seen in Yahoo News, by James Whitlow

Joppatowne High School’s Madison Matos just walked across the stage to receive her diploma on Tuesday, but she already has eyes on what’s to come after her college graduation — following her passion for flight into the Air Force.

Matos, 18, plans to enroll at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina. Though the college offers civilian tracks for its graduates, and military conscription is not mandatory, Matos wants to join the college’s ROTC and the Air Force after her graduation there.

She plans to study computer science and wants to focus on space and terrestrial flight after college. She has always found space flight interesting and wants to apply herself to it.

“I really found a love to be in the Air Force,” she said. “I kind of wanted to branch out; I wanted to do something different.”

Matos’ graduating class was on the small side — around 160, she said — and many students had been classmates since middle school. Seeing familiar faces, she said, was a highlight of high school that she knows will soon change when she is eight hours away from the familiar and required to wear a uniform at The Citadel.

“This is like a very, very, very different college,” Matos said with a laugh. “My first day, I think I have to run two miles.”

But she thinks the most difficult part of attending college and leaving high school behind will “probably be not seeing anyone I have been seeing for the last 10 years of my life,” she said.

Matos looks back fondly on her high school experience, but there were challenges to overcome before she took the stage and was handed her diploma. She was a serious soccer player, but the long practice hours and injuries made keeping up with her schoolwork a challenge.

So, in her junior year, she stopped playing soccer and committed to hitting the books, earning a 4.0 GPA every quarter since, along with scholarships.

Her drive and determination is what her mother, Anita Matos, said she is most proud of. Her daughter has been a determined athlete and student, through multiple concussions and injuries, and her next step to college is a culmination of Madison’s hard work.

“She will keep at it, that’s how I know she’s going to be successful at The Citadel,” Anita Matos said.

Madison Matos’ senior year has been thrown askew because of COVID-19, as have many of her classmates, but she said the walk across the stage was well worth it — the next step she has aspired to for a long time.

“I literally have been talking about this day since eighth grade,” she said. “I did it.”

Thirteen graduate students at The Citadel inducted into Education honors society Thu, 27 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Thirteen graduate students at The Citadel, who are current and future leaders in education, join Kappa Delta Pi honor society.]]>

Current and future leaders in education join Kappa Delta Pi honor society

Thirteen graduate students with The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education are now part of a prestigious honor society meant to enhance excellence in education.

For more than 100 years, the honor organization has consistently grown. It currently has an initiated membership of more than 1.2 million.

The vision of Kappa Delta Pi is to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship.

In order to be invited into Kappa Delta Pi, students must: demonstrate leadership attributes, have completed at least six credit hours of graduate work and maintain a high grade point average.

“The education that our recent graduates received as part of The Citadel experience is the footing they will use to maintain the high ideals of this Society and to extend its influence,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean of the Zucker Family School of Education. “Principled leaders are influencers through training and through practice. The axiom ‘to whom much is given, much is required’ rings truer than ever if we think about our inductees’ development, cultivated over their time studying in preparation to influence others through diverse careers in education.”

The students who were inducted into the organization during a virtual ceremony in late April, just prior to The Citadel’s commencement week activities, are:

  • Keyona Babb
  • Jesse Brooks
  • Tricia Delice
  • Stephanie Fye
  • William Kay
  • Scott Lusby
  • Sade Nelson
  • Melissa Odom
  • Jessica Orcutt
  • Sonja Raines
  • Claire Ryan
  • Elsie Schloegl
  • Norma Smith

Some past members who have made outstanding contributions to the development of professional education include: Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Mead.

Buy or renew your season tickets now for Bulldogs’ fall football Wed, 26 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 "We are really excited about getting all of Bulldog Nation back inside Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall."]]>

New Family Zone seating available this fall

Season ticket packages are on sale for the 2021 Bulldogs’ football games for what is expected to be a return to normal playing conditions at Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall.

The Citadel’s first home game will be held Sept. 11. The Bulldogs will take on Charleston Southern. There are six home games, including the match against Virginia Military Institute. The full season schedule can be found here.

“We are really excited about getting all of Bulldog Nation back inside Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall,” said The Citadel’s head coach, Brent Thompson. “Our players feed off the energy from our fans. Let’s sell out all six home games this season and continue to create the best atmosphere in the Southern Conference.”

Package prices vary per seat depending on the location and range from $150 – 200 each, including the new Family Zone seating section. Mini-season packages for three games are also available from $95 – $135.

Current season ticket holders have until June 18 to renew their seats. Seat selection for new season ticket holders will occur from July 7 – 16. In addition, Pearson Club Seats and Executive Suite Access are available. Parking passes will be distributed during August.

For updated season ticket timelines, information about renewing season tickets and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

All Bulldogs fans can contribute to free passes for first responders and veterans through The Citadel Holy City Heroes program. For every $10 contribution, The Citadel Athletics will invite a local first responder or military personnel to a game to thank them for their service to our community. Contribute to the Holy City Heroes Campaign here.


Please send questions by email to or calls (843) 953-3647.

The Citadel football team plays Furman University in the 100th meeting between the two teams at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Nai’Ryan Bookert’s journey to The Citadel: A group home, a new family and 8-man football Mon, 24 May 2021 15:37:59 +0000 “I’m going to do what I have to do to play, to get on the field. And in the classroom, I’ll do what I have to do to get a degree.”]]>

Photo: The Citadel football commitment Nai’Ryan Bookert and his adopted family (from left) Katie, Stella, Jason and Skarlett Tanner.

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

She was a 28-year-old mother of a young daughter, working in donor development and volunteer coordination at the Callen-Lacey Center for Children, a residential group home in Moncks Corner.

He was an 11-year-old with a big smile and an even bigger spirit, despite being separated from his birth mother and five siblings and already a veteran of several group homes across the state.

“He was so full of joy,” recalled Katie Tanner. “And he was so goal-oriented. He wanted to meet his goals, and he didn’t want life to hold him back, or his circumstances.

“He just had a joy that was contagious, and we just had that bond. Now, I know it was a God thing.”

St. John’s Christian quarterback Nai’Ryan Bookert accounted for over 3,000 total yards and 35 touchdown as a senior. (Courtesy: Rob Gantt, Berkeley Independent)

That connection has grown over the years into a new family and new dreams for Nai’Ryan Bookert, who committed last week to play football for The Citadel. A 6-3, 210-pound two-sport star at tiny St. John’s Christian Academy, Bookert also had a preferred walk-on offer from South Carolina, conveyed in a phone call from Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer.

“I’m so happy that the Tanners took me in and put me in St. John’s,” Bookert said. “They’ve given me so much support. They’ve always been with me through everything and supporting me 100 percent, and I don’t know if I’d be in this position without them.”

The Tanner family, which includes father Jason and daughters Skarlett and Stella, formally adopted Nai’Ryan in 2020, an emotional end to a long struggle with the red tape and bureaucracy of the adoption process.

‘This is our kid’ 

That story really began when Jason Tanner decided he wanted to meet this kid his wife was always talking about. He took Nai’Ryan on a shopping trip for some football cleats and came away impressed.

“That was on a Saturday,” said Katie, now public information officer for the Berkeley County School District. “And on Sunday, Jason told me, ‘I really think this is our kid.’

“I asked him if he was serious, because I had always had a heart to foster and adopt. And he said, ‘Absolutely. Let’s get started.’”

Nai’Ryan was all for the idea, too.

Citadel football commitment Nai’Ryan Bookert and his adoptive sisters, Stella (left) and Skarlett Tanner.

“The first time I met the whole family, I was so happy,” he said. “It was hard, growing up, to adapt to different environments, and it’s still hard sometimes. I grew up with the mindset where I wasn’t going to let just anybody tell me what to do. But once I accepted (Katie) as my mother, it was lovely, and I really appreciate the way they have taken me in.”

When Stella, now 3, was born in December 2017, Nai’Ryan was at the hospital and held the baby in his arms. He moved in with the Tanners the next summer. But making things official with the S.C. Dept. of Social Services took a little longer.

“We actually had a pretty big challenge ahead of us with DSS,” Katie said. “We got some local media involved and they actually helped us. It took us over a year to get licensed. But now he lives with us, he went to St. John’s and the rest is history.”

Future at The Citadel 

At St. John’s Christian, Bookert did a bit of everything for the football team, which played eight-man football until his senior year, when the team transitioned to 11-man football in the S.C. Independent Schools Association. As a quarterback, he passed for 1,897 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 1,115 yards and 19 scores.

He also played basketball under St. John’s coach Drew Crowell, who played Division I basketball at Wofford.

“He’s just a class A student-athlete, exactly what you’d want to get on your team,” Crowell said. “At our school, it’s K-3 and up through high school. He’s the guy that goes the extra mile to speak with all the younger kids and is a role model for all the younger kids.”

Of course, the jump from St. John’s Christian and playing eight-man football for most of his career to The Citadel is a big one. Crowell and St. John’s football coach Brandon Clontz are convinced Bookert can make it.

“He’s every bit as fast-twitch as some of the football roommates I had at Wofford, some of the running backs and receivers we had,” Crowell said. “I don’t know how The Citadel plans to use him, but at receiver he’s gonna bully people at the line of scrimmage. At linebacker, he’s gonna be as quick as any linebacker on the team. He’s just a natural playmaker.”

Clontz said Bookert played quarterback for St. John’s “out of necessity.”

“I think he’s best suited defensively,” he said. “Outside linebacker, strong safety maybe. He can run, and he’s very athletic for how big he is. He’s a really competitive guy, and when he gets around more competitive guys, it’ll do nothing but help him.”

No matter the position, Bookert says he ready for the challenge when he reports to The Citadel this summer.

“I know I’ve got a lot of growing and learning to do,” he said. “I know I can’t just rely on my athleticism. But I’m old school. I’m not going to let anybody outwork me. And I like structure and order.

“I’m going to do what I have to do to play, to get on the field. And in the classroom, I’ll do what I have to do to get a degree.”

Citadel initiatives to focus on campus and community diversity Wed, 12 May 2021 21:00:09 +0000 "The push for diversifying The Citadel experience begins even before cadet and students walk in the door."]]>

As seen the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Alexandria Ng

From the moment male cadets shave their heads and become “knobs,” the nickname given to those first-years, students at The Citadel are exposed to diversity and inclusion from all levels of the institution. 

Whether it’s required leadership development courses that emphasize the school’s core values of honor, duty and respect when encountering difference of opinion and background, or the opportunity to join extracurriculars based on culture, faith and experience, efforts have been taken to ensure a space on campus for each student.

“We as a state entity are educating the future, not only of our state, but also of the country,” said Kelly Brennan, associate provost for enrollment management. “It’s very important, economically, educationally and in the military, to make sure that there is diverse representation and inclusion in all organizations because the more smart people you have around the table who are looking at things from different lenses, the better ways you’ll have to solve problems.”

The push for diversifying The Citadel experience begins even before students walk in the door. Through meeting with families to address concerns and sharing success stories from alumni and leaders who represent all walks of life, the admissions team aims to showcase a community where all find their niche, Brennan said. 

Efforts in outreach have also increased the past few months with the help of the newly formed Citadel African American Alumni Association, she said.

“We’ve done a nice job over the last decade of making personal connections with the students and making sure they feel that they’ll be welcomed,” Brennan said. “And the way to do that is to reach out and answer their questions and make sure they see themselves represented in our alumni and in our current cadet stories that are coming out of admissions.”

According to the admissions tracking report, active deposits from women went up 32.5% over last year, as did those from students of color at 49.2%. In tracking the past 10 years, growth is reflected in the 25% increase of cadets identifying as ethnic minorities and the record 81% increase of female cadets.

While the classes of 2022 and 2034 have the highest number of Latino cadets in Citadel history, the class of 2021 has the highest number of Black and female freshman cadet-recruits in its entirety, giving it the highest ethnic minority population.

Hiring a diverse population of faculty and staff also plays into creating a culture where students feel seen and represented, said Shawn Edwards, chief diversity officer at The Citadel. Accessibility and awareness are key, she said. It’s not enough to open up a position; hiring teams must be intentional in connecting with underrepresented communities.

“We’re always going to focus on skillset first, but it’s up to us to make sure that the candidate pools are diverse,” Edwards said. “If a person of color or a female or someone of the LGBTQ community never even knows that the position is available, that’s a problem.”

Search committees are trained to decrease bias in the hiring processes. Of staff, 21% identify as Black, Hispanic or Asian, while 44% are women. Of faculty, 18% come from minority backgrounds, while 38% are women.

Across campus, a team of staff and faculty have joined to form the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, established in 2015 to promote inclusion and equality and to provide oversight for these efforts. Starting this upcoming school year, the council plans to begin involving students.

From this hub comes support for cultural-, faith- and identity-based student clubs, as well as for the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center, one of the first 10 in America. Through this center, CitListen sessions are held, where community partners and speakers are invited to facilitate conversation.

When the murder of George Floyd in 2020 sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against police brutality across the country, the council also held a town hall with faculty to help process through what was happening. 

When a series of shootings in March at three Atlanta spas killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, and protests against anti-Asian rhetoric arose across the nation, the council responded as well by checking in with their Asian American students, faculty and staff.

“We want to make sure that they understand that they’re going to come in contact with all sorts of people, and coming from a place of care and understanding is going to be important, regardless of whether they end up in the military or graduate school or the workforce,” Edwards said.

All about The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 Tue, 11 May 2021 21:25:40 +0000 The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)More than 230 undergraduate transfer and graduate students participated in the spring commencement events. ]]> The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

We celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary graduates of the Class of 2021. They stand strong sharing the common bonds of honor, duty and respect – the Core Values of a Citadel graduate.

Sally Selden, Ph.D., SMP
The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College
May 9, 2021

The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 celebrated commencement in McAlister Field House on campus during two ceremonies on May 9. More than 230 undergraduate transfer and graduate students participated in the spring commencement events.


The Citadel Graduate College kicked off commencement with an awards event. Students and faculty were celebrated for exceptional achievements on Thursday, May 6, with the following individuals being recognized:

Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate College
Dr. Kevin Skenes

Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership
Addison Dame

College Transfer Program Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership
Catherine Brooks

The Veteran Student Success Center Award for Academic Excellence in Leadership
Ashley Towers

Hirshey Awards
Glenda Levine
Molly O’Reilly
Stephanie Fye
Elizabeth Ceccoli
Ferhana Shah

Aline Mahan Award
Department of Psychology, Ed.S., Class of 2021

J. Patrick Leverett Award
Shawnte Posley

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Leadership Studies
Aliènne AJ Salleroli

Lindbergh Awards
Brianna C. Rice
Parker L. Bass

MBA Faculty Member of the Year
Dr. Jeremy Bennett

MBA Student of the Year
Timothy Jones

Business College Transfer Program Faculty of the Year
Theresa Strong

Business College Transfer Program Student of the Year
Steven Turano

P. Michael Politanto Graduate Research Award
Nathan Adams

Citadel Graduate College legacy students

The cherished tradition of legacy diploma presentations continued in 2021. There were eleven Citadel Graduate College graduates who were joined on stage by a grandparent, parent or a child who were alumni of The Citadel.

The special presenters included:

Dr. Mark A Bebensee, Honorary Member, ’83
Catherine Diane DeMers, ’04
Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Wegner Dyson Sr., USA (Ret.), ’69
James Steven Gaskins, ’05
Kimberly Joseph, ’12
Andres Eduardo Lorduy, ’18
EOD3 Nicholas J. McKenna, USN, ’17
Daniel J. “Jim” Rieker, ’99
Major J. Stephen Veyera, USA, (Ret.), ’13
William “Bill” Lewis Yaeger Jr., ’83

In addition, the CGC graduates were welcomed as alumni by the President of The Citadel Alumni Association, Cmdr. Drury C. “Chip” Nimmich, Jr., USN (Ret.).

Norman Seabrooks, ’73, presented with honorary degree; provides commencement speech on resilience

Mr. Norman Seabrooks provides the key address during the commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Norman Seabrooks graduated as a member of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets in 1973, eventually becoming a market president for the Fortune 500 company, Aetna.

During his time as a cadet, Seabrooks was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Bulldogs and the first African American co-captain of the football team.

Seabrooks was presented with an honorary degree from The Citadel, just prior to addressing the graduates.

Left to right: Col. Myron Harrington, Mr. Norman Seabrooks, and The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, on stage during the commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

For his legacy of ethical leadership, sportsmanship, and service to his community, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Norman Seabrooks the honorary Doctor of Leadership and Ethics in Commerce degree.

Gen. Glenn M. Walters,
The Citadel President
May 9, 2020

Seabrooks shared some of his life story, including successes and failures, and provided sage guidance on building and sustaining a successful career and life.

Watch Norman Seabrook’s commencement speech below.

Norman Seabrook, Citadel Class of 1973, addressing The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 at McAlister Field House May 9, 2021.

Congratulations to all of The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 graduates

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
John Daniel Del Barrio
Sara Nicole Parris

Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
Kenneth Powell Harwood

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Michael Carey Shirey
Willis Charles Smith
Darius Denzel Warren

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Katelyn Marie Arnold
Tommy Barfield Baker
Alan Leroy Barker Jr.
Jonathan Paul Boxx
David Franklin Braun Jr.
Carla Lynn Bryan
Jennifer Lynne Byrd
Michael James Fewell
Margaret Chandler Fowler
Olivia Bailey LaRoche
Jessica Ann Simmons
Brandon Allen Welch

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Joseph Peter Arnold
Bryan Robert Bocock
Matthew Bolick
Jose Victor Contreras
Joshua Thomas Leming
Colby Alexander Poplin
Brianna Cheree Rice
Jonathan Andrew-McCarty Strobel

Bachelor of science in Construction Engineering
Parker Lee Bass

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Brittney Marie Deckard
Joseph Raymond Demelis
Travis Tremaine Eldell
Michael Ryan Greco
Emma Rae Bevins Hefner
Andrew Jacob Hinson
Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Tyrone Malik Richardson Tanco
Eric Edward Smalls
Matthew James Stallings
Kenwell Richard Stoll Jr.
Lily Ann Wald

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Taylor Blanton
Steven Buckwalter
Stephen Jack Channell
Christopher Durphey Clifton
Luis Humberto Garcia
Cameron Thaddeus Jordan
Leinyuy Veradzem Laisin
Daniel James Ludwigsen
Denny Lamar Middleton
Benjamin Thomas Perry
Grant Sullivan Ritter
Stephen Sanada
Inez Gisela Shapiro
Sara Ann Chester Surrett

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Melissa Anne Bell
Drexyl Blair
Vivian Marie Delgado
Ariel Domke
Jacqueline Shealy Gorrin
Courtney Huskey
Leah Ann Kibler
CheVonne Whitley Lindsey
Courtney Marsh
Addie Elizabeth McCracken
Allyson Suzanne McRae
Logan Ivy Nelson
Meghan Elizabeth Nyers
Kali Elizabeth Potes
Abby Rovick
Claire Seabrook
Catherine Brooks Sexton
Kathleen Durst Talbert
Hugh Davis Von Meding

Master of Arts in Biology
Elena Ann Burgess
Rian Derek Burris
Claudia Berry Sams
Marian Cristina Smith

Master of Arts in English
Olivia Anne Guillet

Master of Arts in History
Anthony John Kniffin Jr.
Betty Sterling Sadler

Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
Craig Randall DuBose
Sarah Ann Fink
Cole Edward Huffman
Megan Elizabeth Kasprzak
John Christian Lines
Karl Erik Moe
Corey Alexander Neal

Master of Arts in International Political Science and Military Affairs
Brett Alastair Honeycutt
Cornelius Peeler
Anna Eloise Sandgren
Timothy Richard Vrastil

Master of Arts in Military History
Betty Sterling Sadler
Martin Gregory Valles

Master of Arts in Sport Management
Bradley Tejohn Frasier

Master of Arts in Psychology
Ricco Gabriel
Ashley Nicole Harris
David Edward Johnsen
Clyde Talmadge Padgett Kahn
Emilio Jose Lopez-Powers
Kelsey Lynn Mazzocco
Gabrielle Mooneyham
Lesley Pena
Emily Dawn Sizemore
Virginia Blake Stallings
Caroline Beth Whitlock

Master of Arts in Social Science
Eramis Nicole Gethers

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Biology
Katherine Lee Dumont
Connor Elexander Macko

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Social Studies
Katherine Lee Dumont
William Alexander Kay
Jessie Elana Mintz
Ferhana Shah

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education English
Elizabeth Grey Thomas

Master of Business Administration
Arne Albin Anderson
Katrina Elaine Billie
John Alexander Castleberry
Jonathan Chang
Christian Edward Cochran
Alexander Stephen Cosper
Bradley Diggins Costello
Kenneth Tyler Denison
Gregory Wegner Dyson Jr.
Zari Ebadeh Ahvazi
David Haynie Fant Jr.
John Alfred Fludd Jr.
Marion Terrell Foxworth Jr.
Ryan Farrell Graham
Daniel Jonathan Harrison
Nicholas Dillon Heffner
Hayden Gordon Hollinger
Stephen Matthew Holton
Samantha Mary Kolpak
Jin Ju Lee
Kelly Diane Linderman
Adriana Belen Lorduy
Seth William Malek
Katherine Anne Malloy
Michelle Love McDonald
Christopher George Melonas
Christine Anne Miller
Latoya Montgomery
Brandon James Mulier
Kavin Samy Panneerselvam
Coleman James Parler
William Bradley Pond
Jon-Paul McKinnon Ramsing
Elizabeth Devoll Rogers
Trevor Raymond Speelman
James R. Thompson
Jennifer Anne Veyera
Sean Ward
Brandon Matthew Watt
Benjamin Eugene Womick
Quintin Fitzgerald Wright Jr.
Lauraie Ann Zealy

Master of Education in Counselor Education
Elizabeth Ann Bassetti
Lorraine Marie Bebensee
Laurel Clark
Addison Dame
Caitlin Elizabeth DeMers
Vanessa Yvonne Kopp
Kileigh Michelle O’Brien
Molly O’Reilly
Elsie Cassandra Schloegl
Kimberly Nettles Sfreddo
Nicole Gabrielle Snow
Patricia Szczygiel

Master of Education in Educational Leadership School Administration
Kayla Paige Baker

Master of Education in Literacy Education
Elizabeth Ceccoli
Lauren Elizabeth Roche
Katherine Marie Warren

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Jonathan Eric Pinto

Master of Science in Health Exercise Sport Science
Ramsha Shams

Master of Science in Leadership
Carey Dawn Gorden
Christopher Micah Peyton
Alienne Ashley Jessica Salleroli
Albert Wayne Walling Jr.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Michael William Scullin

Master of Science in Project Management
Emily Morgan Peters
Matthew Edward Rushing
Suzanne Virginia Tully

Specialist in Education in Education Leadership School Superintendent
Deitra Lynn Clegg
Ashley Dominique Grech
Glenda Gibson Levine

  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Daniel Patrick Ryan
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership – Stephanie Anne Fye, Rochelle Roper Johnson, Ryan Jeffrey McGill, Jacob Christopher Pilarski, Wayne Anthony Wright
  • Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis – Jeffrey Scott Hoel, Joseph Netzel, Clark Alexander Roberts
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership – Alexis Camille Bradfieldm Charles Robert Forsythe, Carey Dawn Gorden, Zachary Jones, Christopher Micah Peyton, Tara Jane Spencer
  • Graduate Certificate in Literacy Education – Elizabeth Ceccoli, Lauren Elizabeth Roche, Katherine Marie Warren
  • Graduate Certificate in Sport Management – Bradley Tejohn Frasier
  • Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs – Jamie Samantha Cannady, Jessie Colleen Cannon, Andrew Robert Nyser, Joshua Luke Simon
  • Graduate Certificate in Technical Project Management – Jonathan MJ Cain, Melissa Delaney Nenninger, Emily Morgan Peters, Matthew Edward Rushing, Suzanne Virginia Tully

Watch a brief recap of The Citadel Class of 2021 commencement ceremonies below.

The Citadel Graduate College students from December 2020

The names of the people from all sections of The Citadel Graduate College who graduated in December 2020 are as follows:

Abigail Stevens Best                                        
Adam C. Raynor                                              
Adrienne Louise Busch                                       
Alden Moinet Hathaway III                                   
Alexandria Marie English                                    
Alexis Noel Ayoub                                           
Alison Katherine Milz                                       
Allyson Elaine Burrell                                      
Alyssa Muraoka                                              
Amy Marie Baldwin                                           
Amy Michelle Paparozzi                                      
Andrea Gaskins Carlton                                      
Andrew B. Phelan                                            
Andrew Lewis Dolan                                          
Anna Rose Nelson                                            
Annalise Joy Boisvert                                       
Ashley Elizabeth Rutherford                                 
Aubrey Carson                                               
Aveus Cierra Johnson                                        
Benjamin Manuel Dacoba                                      
Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina                                    
Braiden Leigh Burdette                                      
Brandon Lee Rainey                                          
Brenna Rene Prince                                          
Brian Joseph Monk                                           
Brian Paul Scarborough                                      
Carolyn Claire Gutshall                                     
Chandler Marie Dodds                                        
Charles Wood Benton                                         
Chase Edward Hyland                                         
Chelsea Scott Keyes                                         
Clarence Ray Bocook Jr.                                     
Crystal Lashay Cochran                                      
Curtis Jerome Capers Jr.                                    
Dana Morales Kozak                                          
Dean Stanley Haggerty III                                   
Dimitra Michalaka                                           
Donald Charles Buzanowski II                                
Douglas Henry Gudenburr                                     
Edmund Jevon Gilchrist                                      
Elizabeth McLaurin Uptegrove                                
Emanuele Giogli                                             
Emanuele Giogli                                             
Gregory Richard Djoboulian                                  
Gregory Richard Djoboulian                                  
Harley Lauren Murphy                                        
Heather Lauren Studer                                       
Holly Thompson                                              
Hunter Cassidy Helms                                        
Ian James McCormack                                         
Ian Quin Russick                                            
James Caleb Robinson                                        
James Curtis Tingle                                         
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Marc David                                            
Javonna Michelle Perry-Moultrie                             
Jeremy Joseph Carrick                                       
Jessica Baynes                                              
Jessie Montel Townsend III                                  
John Michael Ray                                            
John Patrick McKenna                                        
John Paul Semones                                           
John Thomas Welch                                           
Jonathan Meyer Workman                                      
Jordan Joseph Bradway                                       
Joshua Davidson Trac                                          
Julia Mae Luzon                                             
Kaila Xiomara Smith                                         
Kenneth Abram Wright Jr.                                    
Kevin Christopher Swain                                     
Kevin Joseph Dougherty                                      
Kimberly Ellis Waters                                       
Kimberly Larissa Palomo                                     
Kyle Robert Dickerman                                       
Leslie Arlen Cotter III                                     
Linnea McAnaw Parker                                        
Lisa Marie Calhoun                                          
Marei Martin Draper                                         
Matthew Douglas Brock                                       
Matthew Stephen Bonham                                      
Megan Elizabeth Yaeger                                      
Michael Sharpe                                              
Nathan Adams                                                
Nathan Jamar Haggwood                                       
Nicholas Edward Paramore                                    
Nicholas Erickson                                           
Nicholas Kollias                                            
Norris Aubrey Moore                                         
N’taallyah Wilder                                           
Orianna Isabella Baham                                      
Phillip T. Sexton                                           
Rebecca Leah Marazita                                       
Robert Gasque Howe II                                       
Ross Ian Caterino                                           
Russell Hunter Griffith Louis Jr.                           
Salondra Marie Griggs                                       
Shannon Nicole Turner                                       
Shasta Marie Rieker                                         
Sims Brooks Dozier                                          
Stephanie Darian Childers                                   
Stephanie Rose Clinevell                                    
Sumerlyn Cate Carruthers                                    
Thomas Scott Tezera                                         
Timothy Bryan Beckham                                       
Timothy Douglas Jones                                       
Victoria Rodriguez                                          
William Henderson Arnette                                   
William Jasper Lucas                                        
Zachary Andrew Hanchin                                      

Introducing the Class of 2022 Summerall Guards Tue, 11 May 2021 20:26:43 +0000 The Citadel announces the 61 rising-senior cadets who are now officially members of the elite military drill troupe.]]>

The process may not have looked the same — but the purpose didn’t change.

During normal times, the changing of the guard ceremony would have taken place as part of the annual Corps Day/Recognition Day weekend ceremonies. That is when the Summerall Guards for the Class of 2021 would have performed their last precision drills as a unit and then passed their rifles to the new platoon.

This year, instead of passing rifles, the outgoing Summerall Guards handed the new class their patches. The old guard then went down the line to shake the hand of every new member.

Known around the United States as one of the elite military drill troupes, membership is a high honor at the military college of South Carolina. Created in 1932, The Summerall Guards have represented The Citadel at events around the nation, including performing in five presidential inaugural parades.

The platoon is named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Citadel president from 1931 until 1953. It’s purpose is to exemplify the exactness and thoroughness of a Citadel cadet’s training through a unique series of movements based on old, close order Prussian drills. The maneuvers have never been written down, are passed from class to class, and are performed to a silent count.

The selection process includes weeks of Bond Volunteer Aspirant (BVA) training. More than 100 junior cadets who pass an initial physical fitness test take part in the six week long BVA training and tryout sessions. They must perform military pushups, sit-ups and rifle-bearing physical training, exhibiting exceptional physical condition and stamina.

The 61 seniors will be commanded by Cadet John Michne.

The Class of 2022 Summerall Guards:

Charles Bellinger
Robert Bickley
Zac Bishop
Austin Buttle
Ryan Cherrier
Chia-Feng Chiang
Josh Coats
Jonathan Cribb
Jackson Crimminger
Aaron Daninger
Luke Eafano
Jon Florian
Ronald Flowers
Trenton Gambrell
Rhett Garrett
Dallas Garwood
Grayson Gasque
Zavier Gebrayel
Dahrel Ghazaleh
Colton Gray
Cody Green
William Greene
Sylvester Guillermo
Ryan Harper
Bryce Hearsey
William Herbert
Blake Hill
Trey Holladay
Ryan Hooks
Kaleb Hyland
Grayham Ives
Ethan Jackson
Lane Johnson
Charlie LaRosa
Jacob Larsen
Emory Latimer
Brandon MacDonald
Micheal Makowski
Trini Martinez
Luke Meetze
John Michne
Cole Murphy
Liam Nolan
Francis O’Brien
Donovan O’Dea
Colton Parcell
James Peatross
Hayes Pruitt
Daniel Stone
Jonathan Stone
David Stringer
Garrett Summers
Charlie Tompkins
Juan Valencia
Brian Wall
Wilton Warner
Ryan Wehner
Samuel Wendt
Finn Willman
Josh Woods
Justin Zeilstra