Parents’ Weekend 2023: Class rings, cadet promotions, Kelly Cup and more

The Citadel recently welcomed friends and families of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets on campus for its annual Parents’ Day weekend. This weekend offered a chance for them to visit campus and experience two of the main milestones in a cadet’s career.

The first being the Ring Presentation to the senior class which was held on Friday, Sept. 29. Members of the Class of 2024 marched from the barracks to Summerall Chapel, where they were presented with their Band of Gold. Immediately following the presentation, the senior cadets saluted The Citadel War Memorial before returning to their barracks.

The following day, on Saturday, Sept. 30, freshmen cadet-recruits — referred to as knobs — were promoted to cadet privates and presented their company letters. Along with Matriculation Day and Recognition Day, this is one of the most important milestones for a knob.

Also held on Saturday was the Kelly Cup, where four cadet companies competed in the finals for the best-drilled fourth-class squad in the Corps of Cadets. This year, the Kelly Cup went to Echo Company.

Parents’ Day Weekend also included a Rifle Legion performance in Padgett-Thomas Barracks, a Jeep Review parade on Summerall Field and a Summerall Guard performance at halftime during the football game with Western Carolina University.

During halftime at The Citadel football game, there was a video tribute to Stanley Myers, a Board of Visitors member who recently passed away. During his time at The Citadel, Myers was an all-star on the football field, having started 43 out of 44 games as quarterback. He is the only player in Citadel history to ever throw for 3,000-plus yards and to rush for 2,000-plus yards.

The first Parents’ Day at The Citadel was held in 1934. Today it is one of the college’s four major weekends.