Corps of Cadets Commencement 2020 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Wed, 26 Aug 2020 18:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Corps of Cadets Commencement 2020 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Citadel postpones parade, events honoring Class of 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-postpones-parade-events-honoring-class-of-2020/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 18:00:05 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18140 Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the parade honoring the Class of 2020 which had been scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19 will be postponed.]]>

Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the parade honoring the Class of 2020 which had been scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19 will be postponed. Also postponed is the opportunity for 2020 graduates to walk the stage and receive their diplomas from General Walters or a legacy presenter. The Citadel will announce a new date once conditions enable such large gatherings.

Citadel leadership made the decision, along with cancelling all review parades in September, in order to keep the campus and local communities safe through the pandemic.

“We will conduct in-person events to honor the Class of 2020 when conditions permit,” said Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.) president of The Citadel. “It will be a great day when we can welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus and fully celebrate their accomplishments together as a Citadel family.”

For more information about COVID-19, and the actions The Citadel is taking to keep campus safe, click here.

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From service to The Citadel, these veteran graduates are good to go https://today.citadel.edu/from-service-to-the-citadel-these-veteran-graduates-are-good-to-go/ Wed, 20 May 2020 20:19:54 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16479 Photo: Annette, a F-4C Phantom II jet, in front of Murray Barracks As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is an obvious college choice, not only for cadets]]>

Photo: Annette, a F-4C Phantom II jet, in front of Murray Barracks

As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is an obvious college choice, not only for cadets who plan on joining the military, but also for those who have already served in the military.

Ranked as the No. 1 College for Veterans in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 and 2020, The Citadel offers veterans the opportunity to complete or advance their educations in an environment where military service is understood and appreciated. Approximately 240 veterans currently attend The Citadel as day-student undergraduates, evening undergraduates or graduate students.

Dozens of veteran students participated in the virtual commencement ceremonies for both the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College.

Take a look at some of the outstanding achievements of the veterans in the Class of 2020:

Jesse Brooks

Degree: Psychology, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Destination: Continue work as the veteran services coordinator at The Citadel

“Going forward, I will use my role to improve on or add more veteran initiatives at The Citadel.”

Juan Campana

Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Destination: U.S. Federal Government Service

“Earn a spot in life where alumni will stop and exchange words just because you wear the band of gold or even The Citadel Graduate College non-cadet ring. Being surrounded by the influential men and women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, faculty, staff, and alumni will be a life-changing experience.”

Thomas Coger

Degree: Counselor Education: Secondary Counseling, Master of Education
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Destination: Begin work on a second Master of Education degree at The Citadel

“If all goes as planned, I will complete the new program in time for the CGC spring 2021 commencement. I will be looking for employment as a secondary school counselor in the Lowcountry area.”

Isaiah “Josh” Lowman

Degree: Business Administration, Bachelor of Science
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Container Operations Coordinator at the South Carolina Ports Authority

“The Citadel is an extremely veteran-friendly campus with an even more helpful VA rep. Also, The Citadel is the most prestigious college in the state, especially in Charleston.”

Read more about Lowman here.

Sean Michael

Degree: Master in Business Administration
Hometown: Oceanside, California
Destination: Continue work in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry near Columbia, South Carolina

“The college has a long, cherished history with a strong focus on principled leadership and service to our state and country. The flexibility of the MBA program makes it possible, but not easy, to complete a master’s degree while working full-time and supporting a family.”

Austin O’Donoghue

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Principal Engineer, RSDC Group

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SC’s future military leaders were commissioned on Zoom, Facebook Live due to coronavirus https://today.citadel.edu/scs-future-military-leaders-were-commissioned-on-zoom-facebook-live-due-to-coronavirus/ Fri, 15 May 2020 23:00:48 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16444 Soon-to-be-officers joined a Zoom meeting where they practiced the ceremony. Each name was called, cadets gave their salutes remotely. ]]>

Photo: United States Marine Corps Col. Chuck Dunne goes over the program for the commissioning ceremony with The Citadel staff before speaking with Navy ROTC officers through Zoom inside Jenkins Hall (Courtesy: Gavin McIntyre, The Post and Courier)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Thomas Novelly

Adam Niehoff has focused on becoming a Marine Corps officer for the past four years.

The Citadel graduate from New Jersey lost his mother and grandparents his freshman year. But through all the personal and physical pain, he finished officer candidate school in the top 10 percent. He was a battalion commander among his classmates, and he finally commissioned as a second lieutenant this past weekend. 

But the ceremony celebrating his accomplishments was different from what he imagined. 

United States Navy Lt. Sean Walgrave (left) and United States Marine Corps Capt. John Moreno read the names of The Citadel Navy ROTC officers during a virtual practice commissioning ceremony. (Courtesy: Gavin McIntyre, The Post and Courier)

It happened in his father’s apartment in the Garden State. No more than 10 people were allowed to be present because of measures on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. He logged onto a Zoom meeting on his computer and listened to speeches from Citadel professors and military officers in the living room.

He wanted to give his first salute to his friend, a classmate he met at The Citadel. But he couldn’t. They haven’t seen each other since on-campus classes were moved online March 23.

United States Marine Corps Col. Chuck Dunne demonstrates the Oath of Office to Navy ROTC officers during a virtual practice commissioning ceremony. Navy ROTC officers will be accepted commissions into the Navy and United States Marine Corps in a virtual ceremony on Monday. (Courtesy: Gavin McIntyre, The Post and Courier)

“Never in my wildest dreams would I think a global pandemic would conclude my time at The Citadel,” Niehoff said. “Now, I’m bracing for the wild ride that is life and the changes that come with it.”

Niehoff is one of thousands of men and women nationwide commissioned this month in the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. All of these future military leaders in South Carolina and beyond have made the best of an unprecedented situation. Everything for them has changed.

The COVID-19 outbreak stopped classes at South Carolina’s colleges, The Citadel being one of them. The emptied barracks at the historic military campus in Charleston were filled with Marine Corps recruits who are quarantining before going to boot camp at Parris Island, a sign of how the novel coronavirus has shifted priorities.

Amid all the difficulties, roughly 30 percent of The Citadel’s graduating class commissioned in the armed services on Saturday. 

It’s a significant amount. Especially because it has become a rarity for young men and women to join the military in recent years.

United States Marine Corps Capt. John Moreno speaks with Navy ROTC officers during a virtual practice commissioning ceremony. (Courtesy: Gavin McIntyre, The Post and Courier)

The most recent internal Department of Defense survey conducted in 2017 showed the percentage of young people who say they will likely join the military is at 11 percent. It was the lowest point in nearly 10 years.

But cadets at The Citadel have been joining the armed forces steadily for years. The estimated 180 students who commissioned this month were prepared for the ceremony. Practice runs were done with ROTC groups on campus.

Col. John Cyrulik, a professor of military science at The Citadel, said in his prepared remarks to commissioning Army officers that their next mission will be to help find solutions. 

“You have excelled at every endeavor, and our Army needs your enthusiasm, new ideas, leadership, and, most importantly, the character and values inculcated at The Citadel to help us solve the complex problems we all face today,” he said.

Last week, the Navy ROTC program set up a dress rehearsal. Soon-to-be-officers joined a Zoom meeting where they were taught about the ceremony and the tradition. Each name was called, and the cadets would give their salutes remotely. 

In his prepared remarks for the ceremony, Col. Chuck Dunne, a professor of Naval Science at The Citadel, said these will not be the only trying times these officers face. 

“You leave this bastion of leadership, on the banks of the Ashley River, prepared to lead our sailors and Marines into the next challenging decades of the millennium,” Dunne said. “As you face obstacles and times of crisis ahead, look to ‘The Long Gray Line,’ spanning 177 years for strength and example.” 

These officers are also entering an uncertain geo-political time in America.

Federal funding has been focused primarily on providing economic relief to the American public, which has sidelined some branches’ priorities. National security experts warn that political rhetoric between the U.S. and China could escalate military tension into a Cold War. A presidential election in November could change the Department of Defense’s vision.

But for Niehoff, he’s trying to control only what he can.

“There’s so many uncertainties,” Niehoff said. “The fighting force is changing. And my objective is figuring out how I can be the best officer that I can be. The big stuff is above my pay grade, and I have to trust in a higher power when it comes to that.”

Navy ROTC officers practice their Oath of Office from home while in a Zoom meeting with The Citadel staff to go over the commissioning ceremony. (Courtesy: Gavin McIntyre/Staff

He still hasn’t given his first salute in person. He’s waiting until he can give it to his friend in Charleston.

He hopes it’ll be soon.

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Recognizing award-winning members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets https://today.citadel.edu/recognizing-award-winning-members-of-the-south-carolina-corps-of-cadets/ Fri, 15 May 2020 18:32:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16405 As each spring semester closes, The Citadel recognizes some of the outstanding cadets and active duty students at the college through a series of awards.]]>

Photo: Cadets folding an American flag during a parade in March, before The Citadel campus was closed

As each spring semester closes, The Citadel recognizes some of the outstanding cadets and active duty students at the college through a series of awards. The Awards Convocation 2020 could not be held, but the achievements of these students are still being celebrated.

The 2020 award recipients include:

Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence – James Quimby, Physics, USAF, Pilot

The Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence recognizes a commissioning senior who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in all his or her academic coursework at The Citadel.

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Award – James Quimby, Physics, USAF, Pilot

The Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Awards is presented to a senior cadet who best exemplifies the Air Force core values of integrity, service and, excellence and who embodies the fighting spirit of the indomitable warrior-airman.

American Legion College Award – Patrick Hesse, Mathematics, USN, Pilot

The American Legion College Award is presented to a senior cadet who has demonstrated the qualities of military leadership, discipline, and citizenship. Key attributes of those chosen are service to others, dedication to values and honor to self and the country.

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Award – Samuel Santiago, Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard

The Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Award is given to a senior cadet who best exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the college’s mission.

Athletic Officer of the Year Award – Sheriff Bangura, Computer Science, USA

The Athletic Officer of the Year Award is presented to the athletic officer who, in the opinion of fellow athletic officers, demonstrates outstanding leadership in the administration of unit athletics.

Intramural Athletes of the Year Award –

  • Bryson Butts, Biology. “Bryson is one of the best all around intramural athletes to evert step on this campus.”
  • Damirelys Perez, Psychology. “An outstanding athlete who earned her way to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Scholastic All-American and participated in six intramural sports.”

The Intramural Athlete of the Year Award is presented to cadets who have shown outstanding performance in intramural competition demonstrating athleticism, sportsmanship, and competitive spirit. Battalion and company athletic officers nominate the recipients each year.

Board of Visitors Trophy – Delta Company

The Board of Visitors Trophy is awarded annually to the cadet company that excels in physical effectiveness, one of the four pillars of the college.

The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award – Caricia Rodriguez, Nursing

“Cadet Caricia Rodriguez has embodied what it means to not only be a Citadel Cadet, but also a cadet athlete.”

The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award recognizes a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel’s athletic program and the Corps of Cadets. Members of the graduating class vote for the award recipient each year.

Col. Floyd W. Brown Jr. Memorial Award – Hunter McGee, Accounting, USAF

The Col. Floyd W. Brown Jr. Memorial Award is presented annually to a senior cadet who has contributed to the success of cadet life and best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and soldier.

Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service – Preston Bell, Political Science, Army National Guard

The Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service recognizes a member of The Honor Committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.

Walter B. Clark Award – Vincent Candela, Mechanical Engineering, USA, Aviation

The Walter B. Clark Award is presented to the cadet who achieves the highest overall standing at the Army ROTC advanced camp. Members of The Citadel’s Army ROTC instructor group established the award in 1977 to honor Col. Walter Ballard Clark’s service in the military and at The Citadel. Clark, Citadel Class of 1951, was a professor of military science and commandant of cadets from 1974 to 1977.

Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award – Brady Lucas, Business Administration

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award is presented annually to the graduating senior cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of cadet and military activities who will be commissioned into the armed forces.

Lt. Col. Harvey M. Dick Official United States Army Sword – Kenslee Padgett, Exercise Science, USA

The Lt. Col. Harvey M. Dick Official United States Army Sword is presented annually by the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and leadership skills that the recipient has demonstrated during four years as a cadet.

Todd L. Dorney Award – Carson Adams, Accounting, Army National Guard, Aviation

The Todd L. Dorney Award is presented annually in memory of Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The sword goes to a senior under Army ROTC contract who ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class.

William Porcher Dubose Award – Hunter McGee, Accounting, USAF

The William Porcher Dubose Award is presented annually by the General Organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the first-honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose, a citizen soldier, first-honor graduate and ranking cadet in the Class of 1855.

Capt. Ryan Hall Leadership Sword – Christian Seidler, Civil and Environmental Engineering, USAF

The Captain Ryan Hall Leadership Sword is presented annually to the rising senior Air Force contract cadet who has excelled in academics and leadership. The recipient exemplifies the values and attributes of Hall, which include integrity, loyalty, strength of character, honor, dedication, leadership and service before self. Hall, Citadel Class of 2004, was killed Feb. 18, 2012 while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The sword will be carried throughout the cadet’s senior year, until it is again passed on to another deserving Air Force cadet.

Wade Hampton Saber – Richard Snyder, Accounting, USA

The Wade Hampton Saber is given annually by the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to a senior cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership and made the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.

Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award – Richard Snyder, Accounting, USA

Richard Snyder

The Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award is presented annually to the graduating senior cadet who was selected by classmates as showing the most tact, consideration, and courtesy to fellow cadets.

Hemingway Award – Gage Russell, Secondary Social Studies Education

The Hemingway Award is given to the senior who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas E. Hemingway, Citadel Class of 1960.

Lt. Col. Leigh Hochreich Memorial Fund Award – Hannah Jalbert, Intelligence and Security Studies, Chinese, USA

The Lt. Col. Leigh Hochreich Memorial Fund Award is presented annually to a senior who best displays strong character, patriotism, love of fellow man, loyalty and devotion to The Citadel.

Maj. William Marks Hutson Award – Carson Adams, Accounting, Army National Guard, Aviation

The Maj. William Marks Hutson Award is presented annually at The Citadel to a junior cadet selected for outstanding leadership ability, academic standing and devotion to duty. The award is presented in memory of Maj. William M. Hutson, U.S. Air Force and Citadel Class of 1939, who was killed in service in World War II. 

John Paul Jones Award – Roman Kokowsky, Spanish and French, USN

The John Paul Jones Award recognizes a Navy ROTC midshipman second class who has demonstrated leadership excellence and military bearing personifying the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our naval forefathers. The Citadel professor of naval science selects the recipient of the sword. The Charleston Commandery Naval Order of the United States sponsors the award.

Brig. Gen. James E. Mace Leadership Award – Adam Niehoff, Political Science, USMC

The Brig. Gen. James E. Mace Leadership Award is presented annually to a senior cadet who will commission in the military and demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day-to-day running of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The cadet must exhibit unwavering love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self-discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards and service to fellow cadets. The award is named after a former commandant of cadets and 1963 Citadel graduate.

Lt. Dan Malcom Jr. Memorial Sword – James Mundy, History, USMC

The Lt. Dan Malcom Jr. Memorial Sword recognizes a cadet for leadership and dedication while a member of The Citadel Naval ROTC. The sword is presented in memory of 1st Lt. Dan Malcom Jr., Class of 2001, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq.

Gen. George C. Marshall Award – Paul Rhyne II, Biology, USA, Aviation

Citadel AROTC Cadet Paul Rhyne

The Gen. George C. Marshall Award is presented annually to a senior cadet being commissioned in the Army. The recipient must be the top graduating senior in the cadet battalion, must have completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course and have demonstrated the leadership and scholastic qualities that epitomize the career of Gen. George C. Marshall.

D.S. McAlister Cadet Activities Award – Sabastian Parker, Mechanical Engineering, NIWC

The D.S. McAlister Cadet Activities Award is presented annually to the senior cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the Department of Cadet Activities.

Cadet Medal of Merit Award – Andrew Newton, Mechanical Engineering, USN

The Cadet Medal of Merit Award is presented by the adjutant general of South Carolina to an outstanding senior cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.

Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Gen. Charles P. Summerall Award – Anna DiNovo, Psychology, USA Reserves

The Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Gen. Charles P. Summerall Award is presented to a senior cadet scheduled for commissioning in the military who has excelled in the ROTC program, leadership and the study of military history.

Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword – Jeremy Green, Mechanical Engineering, USN, Flight School

The Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword is given to a graduating Navy midshipman or officer candidate who has excelled in a Navy Battalion leadership position, devoted his or her life to public service and is in the top 25 percent of his or her graduating class. 

Capt. H. Carl Josephson Sword – Ronald Weimar, Electrical Engineering, USN (Selected for Naval Post Graduate School / Burke Scholarship Program, 2025)

The Capt. H. Carl Josephson Sword is presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Navy. The sword is awarded in recognition of superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years as a Citadel cadet.

Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Sword – Dillon Ortiz, Criminal Justice, USMC

The Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Sword is presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. The sword recognizes superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years at The Citadel.

Pallas Athene Award (National AROTC Award) – Breana Broad, Business Administration, USA Reserves

Since 1983, the Pallas Athene Award has been presented annually by the Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association to the outstanding Army Senior ROTC Pr5ogram women cadets in each of the four ROTC Regions.

South Carolina Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots Award – James Mundy, History, USMC

The South Carolina Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots Award is given to the cadet who has best shown, through his or her superior historical scholarship, an exceptional understanding of and respect for the sacrifices of our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots. 

Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award – Trace Guy, Mechanical Engineering, USAF, Flight Training

The Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award is presented annually to a member of the Honor Committee in recognition of invaluable service to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of The Citadel honor system. 

Ruben B. Pitts III Memorial Award – Jesse Crook, Nursing, USA

The Ruben B. Pitts III Memorial Award is given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts III, Class of 1963, to the junior cadet selected by his or her classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others.

Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award – Brennan Zeigler, Business Administration, USA National Guard

The Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award is presented to the graduating cadet who has contributed to the idea of teamwork, morale, and service to others at The Citadel and in the community.

Special Forces Association Award of Excellence – Angela Lance, Intelligence and Security Studies, USA

The Special Forces Association Award of Excellence is presented to a contracted freshman or sophomore cadet in one of the ROTC departments who displays scholastic excellence, military proficiency, leadership qualities and dedication to mission.

Widder Award – Paul Rhyne II, Biology, USA, Aviation

The Widder Award recognizes the distinguished military student in the Army ROTC who has best exhibited the qualities of devotion to duty, exemplary conduct, military and academic excellence and unquestionable character. The award is presented annually in memory of Capt. David Widder, a 1959 Citadel graduate who was killed in Vietnam while serving in the Army.

William G. Willard Jr. Award – Caleb Williams, Mechanical Engineering

Caleb Williams

The William G. Willard Jr. Award is presented to a junior cadet selected by the senior cadet leadership for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty and service to The Citadel.

Lila K. Whetstone Women in Leadership Excellence Award – Joanna Winborn, Mechanical Engineering

The Lila K. Whetstone Women in Leadership Excellence Award recognizes a young junior woman in the Corps of Cadets who excels in academics in fitness, serves the Corps of Cadets with courage and humility, is dedicated to helping others through community involvement and is actively engaged in the training and development of her fellow cadets.

Undergraduate of the Year Award – Hunter McGee, Accounting, USAF

The Undergraduate of the Year Award is presented to graduating seniors selected by the business administration faculty as the most outstanding majors in the school.

Col. Charles E. Hirshey Award – Gage Russell, Secondary Social Studies Education

The Col. Charles E. Hirshey award recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education. The award is named for Col. Charles Hirshey, Ph.D., who served as head of The Citadel’s Department of Education from 1969 to 1979. He was a pioneer in education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of the current Citadel Graduate College.

Col. Louis Shephard LeTellier Award –

  • Liam Kelley, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • James Jennings, Construction Engineering

The Col. Louis Shephard LeTellier Award is presented to the member of the graduating class attaining the highest academic grade point ratio in civil engineering.

Peter Gaillard Memorial Award – Julianna DeSalle, Electrical Engineering

The Peter Gaillard Memorial Award recognizes an exceptional electrical and computer engineering senior cadet based on scholastic attainment, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities. The award is presented in memory of an outstanding 1948 graduate of The Citadel’s electrical engineering department.

Leidos Courage Award – Mark Vowels, Intelligence and Security Studies, USMC

The Leidos Courage Award is presented to an upperclassman in the college’s National Security and Intelligence Program who demonstrates an act of courage, exhibits The Citadel’s core values, embodies the values and ethical character of a principled leader, exemplifies service before self in actions and deeds and serves as a role model in his or her academic and personal endeavors.

Francis Marion Cup – Austin Nations, History, USMC

The Francis Marion Cup is awarded to a graduating senior cadet who has done exemplary academic work in American history courses. The Rebecca Matte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors the award.

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award – Sébastien Offredo, Political Science and French

The Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award is presented to the graduating senior in the school of humanities and social sciences who best represents the commitment to academic excellence, the breadth of intellectual interests and the dedication to public service exemplified by the life and career of Joseph P. Riley Jr. Riley is a Citadel Class of 1964 graduate, 1968-1974 state legislator, 1975-2016 mayor of Charleston and current endowed chair of American government and public policy professor at The Citadel.

Swain School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award – John DeStefano, Biology

The Swain School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award recognizes superior academic achievement by an undergraduate major from the School of Science and Mathematics’s discipline.

Dr. Francis Eugene Zemp Award – John DeStefano, Biology

The Dr. Francis Eugene Zemp Award is presented to the senior cadet in the field of pre-med with the highest academic average.

Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins Jr. Award – Daniel Adams, Mechanical Engineering, USN

The Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins Jr. Award recognizes the veteran student at The Citadel who, like Falcon Black Hawkins Jr., demonstrated patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, servant leadership and sound judgment while always setting an example as a person of integrity. Hawkins, Citadel Class of 1958, was a dedicated U.S. district court judge for South Carolina and served as chief judge from 1990 to 1993.

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South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/south-carolina-corps-of-cadets-class-of-2020/ https://today.citadel.edu/south-carolina-corps-of-cadets-class-of-2020/#comments Wed, 13 May 2020 20:28:55 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16366 Nearly 600 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets accepted diplomas during The Citadel’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.]]>

Nearly 600 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets accepted diplomas during The Citadel’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. In addition to graduating, about 30% of the class accepted commissions as U.S. military officers in all branches of service.

The Citadel Class of 2020 was celebrated for their achievements during two virtual commencement ceremonies. Both can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page and on a special commencement website.

Part of the virtual commencement celebrations included creating a webpage for each graduate, where they and their loved ones can share messages. In total, more than 6,000 messages were left on the commencement profile pages. To view an example of a graduate page, click here to see the profile for Richard “Ben” Snyder, the 2019-20 Regimental Commander.

By the numbers, the ceremony included:

  • 590 cadets from 33 states
  • Approximately 210 cadets are earning commissions in all branches of U.S. Armed Forces to become new officers. These ceremonies were also virtual, managed by each ROTC branch.
  • 26 veteran students
  • 4 active duty students

The following cadets were among the graduating class:

Last nameFirst name   
AchterkirchPeterStephen
AdamsMonteleMarkwese
AdkinsRyanMatthew
AllenGavinAlexander
AlsbrookJosephMorganHunt
AlvarezLarryStephenIII
AndersonMarshallJames
ArlineOscarRiley
ArnoldRomanAlexander
AsherMichaelIlan
AskinsJohnDyer
AvalosEricCristian
Bach-DavisGriffinLloyd
BaerCharlesDean
BaghdadyMohamedGaber
BakerJustinScott
BallardNathanielAaron
BarbeeAllenHunter
BarberDanielForbes
BarberenaDanielJarrett
BarberoMichaelPatrickII
BarbotJeniferLyn
BarnesDonaldMilling
BarrettPhillipMatthew
BarrineauAbigailAnn
BauknightPaulFoster
BeasleyJackHenry
BeckerAndrewSamuel
BehneyNicholasHarrison
BeierBookerJeffrey
BelidaDylanCharles
BellAustinJonathan
BellPrestonMichaelDollard
BergeronAlbertWilliamIII
BestJacobStuart
BiancoCoryBrenton
BishopWilliamTaylor
BittingGraysonSawyer
BlackburnZacharyThomas
BlairMatthewBryce
BlankenshipJacobBartholomew
BlantonSamuelCharlesIV
BlountRayQuanMarquis
BobelMichaelAustin
BogdanAndrewTyler
BordNathanLawrence
BotkinBrandonLane
BourletKearaMorgan
BradfieldMatthewThomas
BradfordJacquaryMarquise
BrawleyAaronIsaiahDon
BrennanHunterPaul
BridenbaughDonaldPeterIII
BroachBryceWilliam
BroadBreanaMarie
BroadBreanaMarie
BrooksShilohMark
BrownHenryTaylor
BrownJefferyStacyJr
BrownRhaeiChristian
BrownTannerPreston
BrunsonKeithHunt
BryantAndrewRichard
BryantMitchellTodd
BuckhannonCollinPatrick
BucklesGabrielPaul
BudaJacksonWilliam
BuddenbergAlexJames
BurgerSeanWilliam
BurgessElenaAnn
BurkLeeThomas
BurkeClaytonMichael
BurkholderTaylorMcCoy
BurnMurrayThomas
BurrisRianDerek
ButterfieldAndrewChristopher
ByrnesMatthewAlexander
CainAlbertRyanJr
CalkinsHunterChristian
CampbellPeytonAlexander
CarterCraigRobert
CascoOtoniel
CharlesSamuelBennett
ChenBoey
ChiuCheng-Yu
ChoppaJacobAllen
ChuChun-Jung
ClarkDavidAllen
ClarkJackVandiver
ClarkTimothyGrant
CobbCameronChristian
CochranEdwardHutchinsonIII
CokerJohnThomas
CollinsEmmettMichael
ColuccioSalvatoreConstantinos
ConleyCharleyJames
ConnollyShaneMichael
CooperAlexanderMason
CorbettConnorFranklin
CorleyGunterPrice
CosteCharlesLee
CoteRyanJoseph
CothranBrianAlexander
CourtneyWilliamWest
CoveyGunnerKlein
CramerChristopherMichael
CrawfordJacobTyler
CreechRobertSandersIV
CroftJohnWillson
CrookJacksonLee
CrosbyZacharyShannon
CrosswhiteWilliamJackson
CrowderRobertLeeIII
CullerHoldenKeefe
CummingsRichardCole
CurtisJohnThomasJr
CurtisJosephEdwardJr
DalhouseMalcolmDavid
DanielWilliamAlexander
DavidsonRobertGageIII
DavisJonathanDavidJr
DavisJonathanMatthew
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Crosswhite celebrates virtual graduation from The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/crosswhite-celebrates-virtual-graduation-from-the-citadel/ Wed, 13 May 2020 16:42:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16373 For Jack Crosswhite, Citadel Class of 2020, the traditions of graduation go beyond getting a diploma and tossing a hat in the air.]]>

Photo: Jack Crosswhite wears his Citadel uniform for the last time

As seen in The Statesville Record & Landmark, by Donna Swicegood

Jack Crosswhite didn’t get to walk across the stage in front of his classmates and a contingent of family and friends nor did he experience tossing his hat in the air when the ceremony ended.

His experience was like that of every college senior who saw their achievement recognized in a virtual ceremony.

For Crosswhite, the traditions of graduation go beyond getting a diploma and tossing a hat in the air. For the first time in 175 years, Crosswhite and his fellow cadets at The Citadel weren’t able to celebrate their graduation with the turning of their rings, at least in person, nor were they able to walk in the Long Gray Line parade.

“It was definitely different,” Crosswhite said. “For four years I’ve been looking forward to being with my brothers at the Citadel. “It is the most important day in your college career.”

Instead of graduating on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, Crosswhite was sworn in and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Army in his father, Joe’s, backyard. He was surrounded by as many family and friends as could be accommodated with social distancing in mind.

Jack Crosswhite takes his oath of office from The Citadel surrounded by his father, Joe, and mother, Stacey

“It wasn’t perfect, but it was the best it could be,” he said.

The setting may not have been what he dreamed about when he entered The Citadel four years ago, but Crosswhite said the virtual ceremony was just as emotional as he anticipated. “I was emotional and I was tearing up,” he said.

Crosswhite said attending The Citadel was something he set his sights on in the seventh grade. He visited the school when he was “a wee little lad” but wasn’t impressed. “I hated that school,” he said.

A few years later, as a seventh-grader and with encouragement from local attorney and Citadel alumni Jason Ralston, he took a second look. “I got to see the cadets in uniform and I was pretty much in love with the school from then on. It was 175 years of history.” Crosswhite said.

He said he decided early on that he wanted to go to a military school and forge a career in the armed forces. Serving his country, he said, is a family tradition. His grandfather, Bill Crosswhite, was a veteran as is his father, Joe, and uncle, Billy Ford.

Second Lt. Jack Crosswhite salutes his father, Joe, following his commencement and commission from The Citadel

By the time it came to apply for college, Crosswhite said, his heart was set on The Citadel. “It was the only school I applied to,” he said.

After nearly four years, he was excited about taking part in all of the military traditions that come with a Citadel graduation. But it was not to be. He and his classmates left campus in March for spring break, looking forward to the break but coming back to finish their last year. The coronavirus pandemic was a part of the discussion but not one they believed would interfere with the remainder of their college days.

“When I left for spring break I had the intention of coming back,” he said. “We were talking about it in the mess hall and we were sure we would be back. We never went back. That was weird that I didn’t get to look around one final time as a cadet and appreciate it.”

He said The Citadel did a great job organizing the virtual commencement.

Second Lt. Jack Crosswhite salutes his uncle, Billy Ford

Ralston said the commencement was as ceremonial as it could have been under the circumstances. “Jack was in his full dress uniform and he looked sharp,” he said. “It was the best it could be without being there.”

Crosswhite was surrounded by his parents, Joe Crosswhite and Stacey Crosswhite and by family and friends, including Ralston.

Billy Ford hugs his nephew, Jack Crosswhite, after Crosswhite’s swearing in and graduation ceremony from The Citadel

His first salute as an officer was delivered to his uncle, Billy Ford, who wore his Marine uniform to make sure his nephew didn’t miss out on that tradition.

Ralston said the Long Gray Line is a tradition that he took part in and understands the significance of walking in one single line with classmates. But there are plans to do the parade for the class of 2020 in the fall, he said.

Jack Crosswhite (right) is shown with his uncle, Billy Ford (left) and father, Joe

Crosswhite said he plans to be back at The Citadel for the parade if possible but many of his classmates will not be able to go back due to military commitments.

Crosswhite doesn’t have to report for his duty station, Fort Sill, Oklahoma until January.

He said he’s proud to be a graduate of The Citadel and a member of the U.S. Army. But, he said, he knows he didn’t do it alone. “I want to thank everybody along the way. I wouldn’t have been able to do it if not for them,” he said. “I am so honored I was given the opportunity to do that.”

Crosswhite said he had one message when he saluted his father after the commencement. “I’ve got big shoes to fill with my dad, big shoes. I told him I hope I do you proud. I will do my best to live up to the name.”

Jack Crosswhite is shown just after his second lieutenant bars were pinned on
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The nation’s newest Army officers https://today.citadel.edu/the-nations-newest-army-officers/ https://today.citadel.edu/the-nations-newest-army-officers/#comments Tue, 12 May 2020 19:35:35 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16368 Citadel cadets who earned commissions as officers in the U.S. Army celebrated via a virtual event offered by the college’s Palmetto Battalion AROTC unit.]]>

Citadel cadets who earned commissions as officers in the U.S. Army celebrated via a virtual event offered by the college’s Palmetto Battalion AROTC unit, commanded by Col. John Cyrulik, USA. An estimated 100 – 115 cadets participated in the event, according to Cyrulik.

The ceremony included the recitation of the oath by the cadets who were asked to be in uniform, if possible, and who had sponsors with them to pin their gold bars on those uniforms.

The college invites cadets to send photos of their first salutes, along with the names in the photographs, to OCM@citadel.edu.

For more information on the ROTC commissioning ceremonies, click here.

Citadel cadets who accepted commissions into the U.S. Army include:

2020 Army Rotc Commissioning Cadets

Achterkirch, Peter — Signal Corps
Adams, Montele — Military Police
Bach Davis, Griffin — ARNG
Baker, Justin — Medical Services Corps
Barberina, Justin — Infantry / ARNG
Bauknight, Paul — Military Police/ ARNG
Beier, Booker — Military Intelligence / USAR
Bell, Preston M. — Military Intelligence / ARNG
Blanton, Samuel — Transportation Corps
Blount, Rayquan — Field Artillery / ARNG
Bord, Nathan — Field Artillery / ARNG
Bridenbaugh, Donald — ARNG
Broach, Bryce — Medical Services Corps / USAR
Broad, Breana — Adjutant Generals Corps / ARNG
Brooks, Shiloh — Ordnance Corps
Brown, Rhaei — Transportation Corps / ARNG
Burger, Sean — Field Artillery
Burk, Lee — Chemical Corps
Chen, Boey — Quartermaster Corp
Choppa, Jacob — Field Artillery
Clark, Jack — ARNG
Cobb, Cameron — Infantry
Cockrell, Timothy — ARNG
Coker, John — ARNG
Cote, Ryan — Infantry
Crosswhite, William — Field Artillery
Curtis, Joseph — Quartermaster Corps
Davis, Jonathan — Corps Of Engineers / USAR
Dennen, Kaitlyn — Transportation Corps / ARNG
Dinovo, Anna — Military Police / USAR
Disabatino, Jacob — Infantry
Dockins, Ross — Adjutant Generals Corps/ Usar
Douglas, Jared — Medical Services Corps/ Usar
Durant, Jalen — Quartermaster Corps
Durnan, William — Ordnance Corps
Dykens, Adam — Chemical Corps
Eckert, Samuel — Infantry
Ermakov, Arthur — Signal Corps / ARNG
Erney, Joshua — Quartermaster Corps
Farr, Tyler — Corps Of Engineers
Franklin, Jacob — USAR
Frazier, John P. — Infantry / ARNG
Geter, Aaron — Medical Services Corps / USAR
Gonzalez, Gabriel A. — Quartermaster Corps
Griffith, Micah — Corps Of Engineers / ARNG
Hammond, Matthew — Field Artillery
Hembree, Brayden — Air Defense Artillery
Hester, Benjamin — Armor
Hill, Ruston — Infantry
Holliday, Johnathan — Military Police / ARNG
Honeycutt, Richard — Cyber / ARNG
Hughes, Shane — Chemical Corps
Jackson, Ashley — Quartermaster Corps / USAR
Jalbert, Hannah — Military Intelligence
Kamara, Ballah — Quartermaster Corps / USAR
Karres, Gus — Infantry
Kelley, James — Infantry / ARNG
Kennedy, Matthew — Military Police
Kent, Jesse — Military Intelligence / USAR
Kidd, Aiden — Infantry
Kim, Bryan — Signal Corps
Klassen, Benjamin — Field Artillery
Lowery, Thomas — Military Intelligence / USAR
Lucas, Brady — Aviation / ARNG
McAlear, Alexander — Military Police
Meetze, Dylan — Corps Of Engineers / ARNG
Minaudo, Anthony — Quartermaster Corps
Monteiro, Josef — Infantry
Moran, Lucas — USAR
Mullally, Brenden — Military Police
Neeley, Jordan — Signal Corps
Pack, Lewis — Infantry
Parker, Gavin — Armor/ ARNG
Peckham, Jacob — Armor
Phillips, Samuel — Corps Of Engineers / USAR
Puckett, Hunter — Field Artillery
Ramutkowski, Jeffrey — Armor / ARNG
Randall, Marcell — Adjutant Generals Corps / USAR
Ransom, Matthew — Air Defense Artillery / USAR
Renda, Sebastian — Infantry
Rhyne II, Paul — Aviation
Richerson,  Jake — Armor
Roides, Joshua — Finance / USAR
Ross, Huntor — Aviation / ARNG
Salazar, Matthew — Infantry
Sauls, Isaac — Field Artillery / ARNG
Schindler, Jake — Transportation Corps
Schoonover, Grant — Armor
Schrieks, Christopher — ARNG
Shave, Christian — Medical Services Corps
Shugart, William — Medical Services Corps / ARNG
Snyder, Ben — Infantry
Sullivan, Raymond — Corps Of Engineers
Terris, Carter — Infantry
Terry, Oliver — Field Artillery
Tia, Anamalae — Nurse Corp
Triplett, Joshua — Field Artillery
Vargas, Paul — Infantry
Viado, Christopher — Field Artillery
Vlass, Tyler — Quartermaster Corps / ARNG
Werder, Michael — Ordnance Corps
Westmoreland, William — Corps Of Engineers / USAR
Wilkening, Gabriel — Transportation Corps / USAR
Williams, Eric — Corps Of Engineers / ARNG
Wisniewski, George — Chemical Corps / ARNG
Wyble, Darrian — Infantry
Young, Bratton — ARNG
Zeigler, Brennen — Infantry / ARNG

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Swain School servant leaders dedicating futures to caring for others https://today.citadel.edu/swain-school-servant-leaders-dedicating-futures-to-caring-for-others/ Mon, 11 May 2020 20:00:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16318 During a major pandemic, men and women of The Citadel are moving ahead to dedicate their lives to caring for others through careers in healthcare.]]>

Photo above: Cadet Colleen Riegerix (right) with peers during medical internship for radiology

During one of the greatest pandemics in global history, men and women of The Citadel are moving ahead to dedicate their lives to caring for others through careers in healthcare.

“I will continue my job as a 911 paramedic at Orangeburg County EMS and, after passing the nursing board exam, will also work as a Critical Care Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Room registered nurse (RN),” said Serena Johnston, Citadel Graduate Class of 2020. “As a paramedic, I provide care to trauma patients. As an RN, I will be providing intense bedside care to critically-ill patients. I will provide this care with the high-quality education and training I have received from The Citadel and the exemplary nursing professors at our college.”

Johnston is one of 20 graduates from the Swain Department of Nursing. One of her peers, AnaMalae Lealofiamoa Tia, is a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and is The Citadel’s first nursing graduate to serve in the military.

“The Citadel has helped shape the person and leader that I am. The people who I have met here have helped mold me into the nurse I will be,” Tia said upon graduating.

The college’s inaugural class of nursing cadets and students graduated a year ago.

“When we envisioned a department of nursing at The Citadel, we knew the critical importance of this noble profession and hoped to address the shortage of nurses in the armed forces and nationwide. However, we never imagined creating a program that will meet such an immediate need during a global pandemic,” said Christopher C. Swain, M.D., ’81, chairman of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors and one of the founders of the Swain Department of Nursing. “Our family congratulates the Swain School of Science and Mathematics Class of 2020, and particularly those pursing health care careers, for their courage as they prepare to serve our community in such a profound and meaningful way.”

Meet some of the Swain School’s Class of 2020 healthcare bound graduates

Cristian Baguer

Degree: Biology
Destination: U. S. Army Reserves while pursing a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics 
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is the lifelong bonds with friends that we all make.”

John DeStefano

Degree: Biology
Destination: Medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

“For premedical students, there is no better place in South Carolina than The Citadel. Over 50,000 people apply to medical school every year, but only 40% get accepted. The people you are competing against are the top of their class with high GPAs and MCAT scores from household-name universities. The differentiating factor in the application process is the uniqueness and meaningfulness of the experience of each individual in their pursuit of a medical career. There are few places in the country that provide quite as unique or meaningful an experience as The Citadel. I interviewed for medical school along with my peers from Columbia, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Amherst, and even Harvard, but I had something that set me apart and three years of development that gave me confidence. For motivated students ready to learn, you will have professors to help guide you along each step of the way. You’ll have friends that last a lifetime. You will have MUSC, which affords fantastic research and volunteer opportunities, a stone’s throw away.”

Charles Evans

Degree: Exercise Science
Destination: Physician’s Assistant (PA) school; orthopedic surgery
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is the discipline and responsibility it instills in each cadet.”

Serena Johnston, Citadel Graduate College

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Destination: ER
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

“Initially after graduation I will take time to study and prepare for the NCLEX (RN licensing exam). While studying I will return to my current employment as a 911 Paramedic at Orangeburg County EMS. After passing the NCLEX boards I plan on pursuing employment as a Critical Care Intensive Care Unit (CCICU) or Emergency Room (ER) RN. Eventually, after the required experience I would like to pursue my specialty certification for either or both paths and then begin work on a Master’s Degree in Nursing.

As a paramedic I will be providing direct care to emergent and non-emergent trauma and medical patients. As a registered nurse in the ER or ICU I will be providing intense bedside care to critically ill patients. I will provide this care with the high-quality education and training I have received from The Citadel and the exemplary nursing professors at this college. While caring for patients I will be applying the Swanson Theory of Caring that has been taught to us.

I was born and raised in Charleston. This is my home. The Citadel has always been viewed with the highest regard in Charleston as a college of excellence with a long line of distinguished graduates that I am proud to walk behind. I believe in what The Citadel stands for Honor, Duty, Respect! For me it is the only way to live.”

Cory McIntosh

Degree: Exercise Science
Destination: Physical therapy school
Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina

“The friendships that come along with a cadet experience are truly amazing.”

Colleen Riegerix

Cadet Coleen Riegerix with sister Rachel Andrew, ’12, Andrew’s husband (left), and Andrew’s daughter, Rosie

Degree: Exercise Science
Destination: School of Radiology, Mercy Hospital, St. Louis
Hometown: St. Louis

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is that it is the road less traveled. It might be an unconventional choice and, as we all know, it leads you down a different path than everyone else. If you are up for a challenge, do it.

I came to The Citadel because I wanted to be a part of something important and I wanted that ring! My brother was the first to attend and then my sister ended up following two years later. I started running around on this campus when I was eight years old so I have been on this campus for “too long” some might say!

No matter what is going on throughout your time as a cadet, when you look at that ring you define it as what represents your time. I am so happy that I made the choice to come to The Citadel and I can’t wait to walk across the virtual stage with my 20 brothers and my 1 sister, remembering the amazing times I got to share with them. I love them all, they are truly my second family. Delta company 2020: ‘You did not wake up to be mediocre.'”

Christian Shave

Degree: Health and Human Performance
Destination: Medical University of South Carolina, Doctor of Physical Therapy program, followed by active duty with U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps
Hometown: Howell, New Jersey

“The Citadel provided connections that opened doors for me in healthcare and in the military.”

AnaMalae Tia

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Destination: U.S. Army
Hometown: Aiea, Hawaii

“The Citadel has helped shape the person and leader that I am. The people who I have met here have helped mold me into the nurse I will be. It is a place that is credited with giving me a vast wealth of knowledge and experience. There is no other school that can produce the connections and lifelong friendships that this one gives.”

When Vice President Mike Pence addressed the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel on Feb. 19, 2020, Tia was one of the people he spoke about.

“I’m told that when she was growing up, she used to help her family take care of her great-grandmother, and that experience inspired her to become a nurse.

But when she was debating where to go to college, it didn’t take her long to decide where to go.  Her father had served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years, and she was drawn to The Citadel’s sense of discipline and accountability, as I was told.

And she made the most of her opportunities here.  Today, she is a Gold Star/Deans List cadet, and her parents and her community couldn’t be prouder.  Would you join me in recognizing an incredible young woman who, this May, will become The Citadel’s first Army nurse, Cadet AnaMalae Tia.”

Vice President Mike Pence

The full list of The Citadel’s second graduating class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing cadets and students:

Cadets

William Miller Brunson
Holden Keefe Culler      
Christian Alexander Lee
Andrew Michael Mappus
Jessy Lenea Page
Caricia  Rodriguez
Hunter Wes Smith
AnaMalae Lealofiamoa Tia        

Evening Undergraduate Students

Shanna Michelle Bacon Lynn
LaTisha Janay Bowman
Crystyn Neely Brown
Lacurtia Dijohnnaise Chapre Brown
Robert Taylor Carsten
Tabatha Anne Carter
Serena Alicia Johnston
Alexis Ellen Lehman
Mallory Sandra Lipton
Samantha Janette Metts
Hannah Gislina Mackenzie Morris
Charisty Lynn Pippen

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Top cadet and faculty awards presented during The Citadel’s Virtual Commencement Plus https://today.citadel.edu/top-cadet-and-faculty-awards-presented-during-the-citadels-virtual-commencement-plus/ Sat, 09 May 2020 20:00:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16243 Recipients recognized for outstanding academic and professional achievements The Citadel honored four of its most outstanding cadets and two distinguished faculty members during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Virtual]]>

Recipients recognized for outstanding academic and professional achievements

The Citadel honored four of its most outstanding cadets and two distinguished faculty members during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Virtual Commencement Plus on Saturday, May 9.

The awards, which are given out annually, recognize the two cadets with the highest grade-point averages, the most courteous member of the graduating class, a cadet and a faculty member who achieved academic excellence, and a faculty member for his or her love of teaching.

The two academic leaders of the Corps

The David Shingler Spell First and Second Honor Graduates are the two cadets whose grade-point averages are the highest in each graduating class, based on the total college record of that class. Recipients of the awards receive a plaque and a stipend for educational expenses at the graduate level.

This year, Cadet Jeffrey Hunter McGee, an Accounting major from Bowling Green, Kentucky, earned the prestigious position of First Honor Graduate. McGee is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. For the past year, he led the Corps of Cadets as the Regimental Academic Officer. McGee will be taking a position as a Risk Advisory Consultant for Ernst and Young in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Second Honor Graduate for the Class of 2020 is Cadet James Rea Quimby. Quimby is a Physics major from York, South Carolina. In addition, Quimby is the recipient of numerous academic scholarships, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. During his senior year, he served as Second Battalion Commander. Quimby will go forward to serve his country as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He will proceed to Air Force Pilot training, where he hopes to become an Air Force Test Pilot.

Cadet Col. Ben Snyder earns John O. Willson Ring

The Class of 2020 voted to award the John O. Willson Ring to Cadet Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder, regimental commander for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Snyder is a Business Administration major from Powell, Ohio.

Richard Snyder

The John O. Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by their peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class.

Because of his outstanding leadership abilities, Snyder was selected to serve as Regimental Commander, responsible for the success and well being of 2,300 cadets. Academically, Snyder has excelled, earning Dean’s List recognition for all eight semesters.

He is a distinguished military graduate and will enter the Army as an officer, where his first assignment is to attend the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards presented to two dedicated scholars

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were presented to Cadet Olivia Jones and Kristen Hefner, Ph.D. The awards are presented annually through the New York Southern Society to a student and faculty member in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor.

Cadet Olivia Jones is an Honors Program student, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Military Affairs. Jones also serves as the Papa Company Commander, maintaining company morale while also adhering to the highest ethical standards. Jones has demonstrated her commitment as a servant-leader throughout her time at The Citadel, creating a Summer Food Service Program providing 3,700 meals to low-income families, promoting quality of life initiatives for Native American families in New Mexico, and providing community training for the most vulnerable in those communities.

Kristen Hefner, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, has distinguished herself as a teacher-scholar — spearheading community outreach initiatives in the areas of victim advocacy, domestic violence education, and creating rich service-learning opportunities for her students. For her service-learning project with People Against Rape, a community non-profit, Hefner and her student were awarded the “Good Citizen Award” by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Al Cannon and community victim advocates seek to continue Hefner’s humanitarian work, with her students having created over 200 uplifting and encouraging cards for survivors who have been impacted by violence.

Grimsley Award for excellence presented to engineering professor

Jason Howison, Ph.D., a professor of Engineering at The Citadel, received the James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.

Jason Howison, Ph.D.

Howison delivers excellence in teaching through care and concern for students and by being a master teacher in his specialization, which is aerodynamics and thermo-fluids. Interestingly, students give him top marks while simultaneously noting how hard they have to work in his classes and labs.

Howison is a registered professional engineer in South Carolina. He teaches courses in the thermal/fluids sequence as well as aerospace related technical electives and introductory engineering courses. 

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How to participate in The Citadel’s virtual commencement experience https://today.citadel.edu/virtual-commencement-how-to/ Fri, 08 May 2020 22:14:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16272 Here's what you need to know to participate in The Citadel's virtual commencement experience]]>

Greetings to our entire Citadel family!

Although we can’t be together to celebrate commencement, we can still view The Citadel’s virtual commencement experience and share our love and admiration for the Class of 2020! Let’s celebrate the achievements of our graduates, as well as the dedication and commitment of those who supported them. You can view and participate in the commencement experience in a number of ways, and we’ve prepared instructions for you below.

If you have any issues at all with your personal graduation profile, please complete this form on the virtual commencement website and we will address the issue right away.

How to watch the Virtual Commencement Ceremony

The Citadel’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast live on The Citadel’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and on the Virtual Commencement website. Here’s how you can access each ceremony using your platform of choice.

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST

The Citadel Graduate College Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m.

How to use the Virtual Commencement website

In addition to being one of the primary venues where you can watch The Class of 2020’s Virtual Commencement ceremony, the Virtual Commencement website provides many opportunities for you to celebrate your graduate before, during, and after the ceremony. 

How to watch the ceremony on the Virtual Commencement website

  1. Go to commencement.citadel.edu
  2. From the homepage, select “Corps of Cadets Commencement” or “Graduate College Commencement
  3. The virtual commencement ceremony will appear at the top of the page. If you arrive on the page prior to the start of the ceremony, you will see a countdown with the time remaining before the ceremony begins.

How to access a personal graduation profile

  1. Go to commencement.citadel.edu
  2. From the homepage, select “Corps of Cadets Commencement” or “Graduate College Commencement
  3. Scroll down to the “Search for a Graduate” module. From here, you can search for your graduate by name or click “View All” to search a complete listing of graduates from the Class of 2020.
  4. In the search results, select the name of the graduate profile you would like to access

How to use a personal graduation profile

  1. To hear the graduate’s name announced, click the “play” icon located next to the photo on their profile.
  2. (For Corps of Cadets graduates) To view all of the graduates in a company, click the name of the company that appears under their profile
  3. To share a graduate’s personal graduation profile on social media, click the appropriate share icon below their profile information
  4. To view a graduate’s video message, click the play button on their video. If you would like to save the video, you can click the “download” button below their video. For graduates who did not submit a video, a commemorative video for their graduating class will be available to view after the ceremony is complete.
  5. To leave your graduate a personal message, scroll down to the “Leave a message” module at the bottom of the page. Here, you can submit a personal message for a graduate. Once you submit your message it will be reviewed before it appears live on their profile.

How to download keepsakes from the virtual commencement website

  1. Following the end of the virtual commencement ceremony, videos from the ceremony will be available to download from the website. It may be necessary for you to refresh your internet browser after the ceremony is over for the download buttons to appear. 
  2. Click “download” below the video you wish to save. The download should begin automatically, though you may have to grant download permission through your internet browser.
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