Reconnecting, reminiscing, reflecting: The Citadel Homecoming 2021

Photograph from The Citadel's 1971 yearbook of the fans at a football game

Class of 1971 celebrates 50th anniversary

Photo above: Fans at Bulldogs football game on The Citadel campus taken from the 1971 Sphynx yearbook.

Homecoming 2021 will bring members of The Citadel Class of 1971 back to campus to celebrate their 50th anniversary reunion and to walk the field during parade. The Class of 1996 will get together for their 25th reunion. The Bulldogs will play Wofford before an enthusiastic crowd of alumni. And, a portrait of the first two African American graduates will be displayed in the Daniel Library. Those are just a few highlights of the activities on campus planned for November 11 – 14.

“We are elated to be able to hold a traditional homecoming weekend for our alumni this year, after the past challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Tom McAlister, associate vice president of alumni affairs. “Homecoming weekend is a revered occasion and a foundational component of The Citadel family culture, whether alumni are coming back for a major class anniversary reunion, or just a chance to be back on campus for parades, tailgating and a Bulldogs game with friends.”

As early as the Class of 1886, Citadel graduates have been holding reunions on campus to celebrate their achievements and catch up with their classmates. Homecoming now spans three days and includes not only reunion celebrations, but a host of activities that highlight the Corps of Cadets and alumni achievements.

Alumni walking at the end of parade during The Citadel Homecoming 2018, on Summerall Field, on campus.

Rundown of events

Many of the Homecoming 2021 events are listed below, or at this link.

Not listed below is a memorial service being held for Brigadier Gen. Carl Nuttall, ’72, by his family and friends. Nuttall passed away August 5, 2021. The service will take place at 1:20, on Friday, Nov. 12, in Summerall Chapel, followed immediately by a Color Guard 21 gun salute outside, before an inurnment of his remains in the columbarium. The service is open to all.

Thursday, Nov. 11

2:30 – 5 p.m.Stray Dog Society cruiseCity Marina
6 – 9 p.m.Junior Sword Drill, JSA ReunionHolliday Alumni Center

Friday, Nov. 12

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Citadel Alumni Association Annual meeting and awardsHolliday Alumni Center
12 p.m.Citadel basketball vs. Morris CollegeMcAlister Field House
1 – 3 p.m.Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business open house for donors and alumniBastin Hall
5:10 p.m.Twilight ParadeSummerall Field
5:45 – 7 p.m.The Citadel Young Alumni ReceptionHolliday Alumni Center
6 p.m.Citadel volleyball vs. WCUMcAlister Field House
7 – 11 p.m.Stray Dog Society JamboreeOff campus

Saturday, Nov. 13

8:30 –
10 a.m.
Open barracks and cadet performancesBarracks, Summerall Field
8:40 a.m.Summerall Guards performanceSummerall Field
9:45Charles Foster, ’70, and Joseph Shine, ’71, portrait presentation Daniel Library
10:45 a.m.Homecoming Review ParadeSummerall Field
11:30 a.m.School of Engineering Alumni BBQGrimsley Hall
2 p.m.Bulldogs vs. WoffordJohnson Hagood Stadium
7 p.m.Citadel volleyball vs. UNCGMcAlister Field House

Sunday, Nov. 14

9 a.m.Protestant ServiceSummerall Chapel
10:15 a.m.Alumni Memorial ServiceSummerall Chapel
7 p.m.Catholic MassSummerall Chapel