Preparing for Parents’ Weekend 2023

The Citadel will welcome the family and friends of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets to campus during the college’s annual Parents’ Weekend celebrations on Friday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 1.

Major events of the weekend include the Ring Presentation Ceremony for The Citadel Class of 2024, the promotion of fourth-class cadets from recruits to privates and a Saturday dress parade. There will also be a diverse range of religious services on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Another main event of the weekend will be when The Citadel takes on Western Carolina at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

Parking on campus is extremely limited. Carpooling or travelling to campus via taxi, Uber, Lyft or other service is highly recommended.

Parents’ Weekend 2023 schedule

Friday, Sept. 29

10:30 a.m.Gen. Walters speaks during The Citadel Family Association annual meetingBuyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall
2:45 p.m. Seniors march to Summerall Chapel for the Ring PresentationSummerall Field
3 p.m.Class of 2024 Ring Presentation Ceremony – open only to cadetsSummerall Chapel
5 p.m.Ring ReceptionDeas Hall
6 p.m.Ring Ceremony, including the Ring walk-through and Junior Sword Arch performanceMcAlister Field House

Saturday, Sept. 30

8:30 – 10:15 a.m.All barracks open
(2nd Battalion Band rooms open to parents at 8 a.m.)
Pipe Band performs in barracks
8:45 a.m.Kelly Cup FinalsPadgett-Thomas Barracks quad
9:15 a.m.Rifle Legion PerformancePadgett-Thomas Barracks quad
9:55 a.m.Freshmen Promotion ceremoniesAll barracks
10:30 a.m.Carillon concertSummerall Field
11 a.m.Jeep review paradeSummerall Field
1:15 p.m.Formation and march to Johnson Hagood StadiumAcross campus
2 p.m.Bulldogs vs. Western Carolina, Summerall Guards perform at halftimeJohnson Hagood Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 1

9 a.m.General Protestant worship with a Blessing of the Rings service, reception to followSummerall Chapel
5 p.m.Catholic MassSummerall Chapel

The first Parents’ Day at The Citadel was held in 1934. Today it is one of the college’s four major weekends. For more details visit the Parents’ Weekend 2023 website.