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 meeting||Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall|
|2:45 p.m.||Seniors march to Summerall Chapel for the Ring Presentation||Summerall Field|
|3 p.m.||Class of 2024 Ring Presentation Ceremony – open only to cadets||Summerall Chapel|
|5 p.m.||Ring Reception||Deas Hall|
|6 p.m.||Ring Ceremony, including the Ring walk-through and Junior Sword Arch performance||McAlister 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 Finals||Padgett-Thomas Barracks quad|
|9:15 a.m.||Rifle Legion Performance||Padgett-Thomas Barracks quad|
|9:55 a.m.||Freshmen Promotion ceremonies||All barracks|
|10:30 a.m.||Carillon concert||Summerall Field|
|11 a.m.||Jeep review parade||Summerall Field|
|1:15 p.m.||Formation and march to Johnson Hagood Stadium||Across campus|
|2 p.m.||Bulldogs vs. Western Carolina, Summerall Guards perform at halftime||Johnson Hagood Stadium|
Sunday, Oct. 1
|9 a.m.||General Protestant worship with a Blessing of the Rings service, reception to follow||Summerall Chapel|
|5 p.m.||Catholic Mass||Summerall 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.