The Citadel South Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation 2018

I attended The Citadel because I wanted to make my family proud and wanted to better our lives and secure my future.
– Ricardo Tavares, criminal justice 

I appreciate the rich history of The Citadel, its established tradition in education and the flexibility of the courses offered through The Citadel Graduate College.
– Justin Gaeta, Master of Business Administration

It is an environment for success. Being at The Citadel has encouraged me to embrace my strengths and apply them in the best possible way. The competitive environment at this school is constantly motivating me to practice excellence.
– Grace Jenkins, exercise science 

The Citadel provides structure and discipline that will carry over in the real world which not too many of your peers will have from attending regular universities.
– Jackson Butkus, criminal justice 

I attended The Citadel to learn resilience
 Tjark Aldeborgh, history 

It presents you with opportunities in all fields that you simply cannot get from other schools. Whether you want to continue with higher education, join the military or get a top-notch job, The Citadel can provide you with the best chance.
– Brown James, political science 

I attended The Citadel to develop a sense of discipline which will help in all future career endeavors.
– Jonathan Dorogy, civil engineering 

I chose The Citadel to better myself and improve on areas that I thought needed to be worked on in order for me to become the man I wanted to be.
– Anthony Caroso, business administration 

The challenges you are put through help to accelerate maturity and discipline that other students at “normal” colleges aren’t exposed to. Then, throughout the rest of your cadet career, you are able to hone these skills and become a successful adult.
– Lenora Mathis, political science 

The best reason to attend The Citadel is to gain leadership and communication skills in a structured environment. It aids tremendously in the real world along with your professional skills.
 Andrew Fayed, computer science 

Your Citadel degree carries a lot of weight and you learn the values of honor, duty and respect.
– Douglas McFaddin, business administration 

You develop leadership skills by assuming cadet rank and responsibility through the unique leadership model at The Citadel.
– Joseph Bove, civil engineering 

One lesson I learned at The Citadel was to always consider other people’s solutions to problems, even when you are certain yours is correct. Often, someone else’s ideas are better or can help improve yours.
– Parker Singletary, electrical engineering 

I learned while attending The Citadel that your character is everything.
– 2nd Lt. Savannah Emmerich, criminal justice 

Attending The Citadel provided me the opportunity to go through one of the best civil engineering departments in the country, along with learning the important lifelong lessons of discipline, time management and character through the demands of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
– Erik Fender, civil engineering 

At The Citadel, I learned to work hard; you earn what you deserve and you deserve what you earn. I also learned to take care of those around you.
– Kashmeir Kirkpatrick, civil engineering 

Citadel Commencement

I have learned a lot from having to manage being a student athlete while also holding rank in the company. I learned a lot about leadership through my rank and as captain of the volleyball team. I also learned about time management through balancing all of my responsibilities and how to push through challenges time both as a cadet and physically through my sport and training.
– Amanda Rudnik, business 

The guys here are the best friends you’ll ever have.
2nd Lt. Danielle Cook, German 

I attended The Citadel for the personal challenge (mental, physical, emotional and academic) as well as the leadership training and opportunities, character development and incomparable camaraderie.
– Cody Turner, business administration 

The best reasons to attend The Citadel are the friendships that last a lifetime and the leadership values that will guide you throughout the rest of your life. Everywhere I have been stationed, deployed, or lived I run into a Citadel graduate. All Citadel graduates have a bond that keeps them together, regardless of what class you graduated. We all understand each other and know where we all started.
– Maj. Chris Lawson, education 

The networking at The Citadel is amazing, and you will always meet someone who will change your life or perspective on life.
– Briana Suitt, exercise science 

Attending The Citadel taught me high-level analytical and problem solving skills.
– Daniel Hess, electrical engineering 

I learned time management, leadership, ethics and studying skills at The Citadel.
– Lowell Dixon, chemistry

Through college, I learned how to manage my time well and the true meaning of integrity.
– Ehron Mitchum, criminal justice

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation at The Citadel

I learned to uphold yourself to a higher standard while taking on the various leadership positions offered throughout the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
– Chris D’Esposito, exercise science

I attended The Citadel to get the college education with military experience to become a principled leader of tomorrow.
– Brandon Fetrow, business administration 

I attended The Citadel because I wanted to stay in a military-structured environment. The Citadel was the best transition from active duty military to a college for me. I also wanted to attend The Citadel because of its extensive network to help establish another career once I exit the military.
– Joshua McDaniel, business

I learned that hard work does pay off. Also, I learned that hard work alone is not enough to get you where you want to go. It takes faith in God and faith in others to help you along the way.
– 2nd Lt. Tanner Jameson, criminal justice 

At The Citadel, I had incredible opportunities to conduct research with professors and created lifetime friendships.
– Erik Calhoun Usher, biology