Graduate College Commencement 2020 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 21 May 2020 16:46:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.7 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Graduate College Commencement 2020 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 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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The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-graduate-college-class-of-2020/ Sat, 16 May 2020 20:00:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16454 Nearly 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students from The Citadel Graduate College accepted degrees during The Citadel’s virtual commencement.]]>

Nearly 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students from The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) accepted degrees during The Citadel’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

The Citadel Class of 2020 was celebrated for their achievements during two virtual commencement ceremonies, one for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and one for the CGC. 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.

Included in the ceremony:

  • 307 Master’s Degree students
  • 92 College Transfer Students (Undergraduate/evening or online)

The following students were among the graduating class:

Name    
AlyssaAlexander
HaroldThomasAnderson
MatthewBrianAnderson
JosephCastlemanAnnibale
ChristinaSoydenArnold
RichardGilbertArthur
ArielAyala
RoseMarieBailey
GraceElizabethBarry
DeborahAnneBarton
ZoeGraceBateman
TimothyBryanBeckham
LeilanyKristynBenejam
SandraDannetteBloom
MichaelBordner
NicoleMarieBossak
MichaelTaylorBrand
MatthewBrizzee
ArthurBradleyBrown
CherylenaLasttesBrown
DrewMichaelBryan
TaylorBuckley
AshleyBuckner
StevenColeBuffington
RemusBulmer
AdrienneEubanksBundrick
JohnZacharyBurchfield
KimElizabethBurton-Goides
JordanTaylorBuster
RyanMichaelButler
JayBaxterCaldwellIII
CurtisJeromeCapersJr.
LisaAnnCapriotti
VictoriaCarle
MaryCatherineCarmody
RossIanCaterino
MaeldaMirandaChalk
MeganSuzanneChampion
DavidFrancisChang
MackenzieChasteen
AshlynNoelleChism
JosephKeithClark
TaylorDawnCleeve
TimothyJohnCockrellJr.
ThomasJamesCoger
WilliamHunterColeIII
JosephArthurCollierII
MarieLaVigneConnelly
BryantMcLendonConyers
KenzieJoshuaCook
TylerDeanCovington
EzraCourtenayCowanJr.
TaylorJamesCox
RichardBadhamCoxeJr.
ShaniquaLatoyaCrews
DanielAlexanderCurlee
BrendanDavisDarby
ChristinaMarieDarby
DerekDevera
SarahJaneDevins
RochelleDomingue
VictoriaJoyDouglass
CassandraLashaeDowdy
EllenAshleyDuffy
WilliamWatsonDukeII
DavidBrandonDunevant
DanielArthurDuran
StevenChristopherDwiggins
KayceThaddeusElgin
JenniferLattanzioElkins
CatherineElliott
BritneyPrecilianaEllison
AlexandriaMarieEnglish
ZacharyOrionEvans
AllisonCatherineFabick
EmilySyngeFanguy
AaronZandFarzam
WilliamAlexanderFaulconer
LucyKaitlynFaulkner
MeganFederline
CatherineGraceFehrmann
MadelineAlexandraFellabom
AdrieneJamalFennell
StephenPabloFernandezdeBobadilla
CourtneyFetchen
JacquelineMacKenzieFischer
AmySueFleury
AndrewWalkerFloyd
MartinJamesFosberryIII
LeahKhindeFrazier
NicholasEdwardFrye
RicoGabriel
ShannelGaillard
JuliaLouiseGamarraMendoza
LuisGamarraMendoza
OadiahYvonneMeganGassett
MarisaGerena-Valentin
CarolineRoseGilbert
JenniferBethGnann
NatalyaGoldschmidt
RobertEdwinGordon
JillianRoseGouin
JonettaGregory
CarleneMarieGriffin
LauraJaneGuillen
CarolynClaireGutshall
JeanneMorrellHarrell
WilliamBennettHartley
MichaelA.Hassan
ConnorMilesHaugen
SarahParkerHearn
GeraldineChristianHenderson
JamesRodneyHendrickson
MatthewJonathanMyronHershman
Mary-MargaretHewitt
SierraLeoneHeyward
JamesAustinHigginbotham
AudreyMaeHiggins
KristenAnneHiggins
LindsayAndersonHill
JamesRyanHolbrook
TeniseLeChelleHolloway
SarahElisabethHooper
AustinHopcia
DonaldKellyHoward
WandaHughes
ZacharyRoyHuskins
GaryScottIce
MarkAllenIsaak
KimberlyIslas
MarjorieCorleyIsley
JamesLeoJacko
HopeSchraderJohnston
KatherineElizabethJordan
ZacharyThomasJordan
DanielleSimoneJoseph
JamesBevanJoseph
JohnPaulKarabees
NicholasLeeKarekel
PatrickPhillipKeefe
ConnorJayKern
ReggieKern
MarcusAaronKiriluk
KaraMarieKlein
KendreaDanielleKnight
MichaelKramer
MaryElizabethKroeger
RyanKunitzer
TaylorColeLafever
BrittanyBoswellLane
AmyElizabethLangdon
DanielRobertLawrence
RobinElizabethLawson
LeeanneJoleneLeary
NicholasAbramLee
PatriceAnneLeko
ConorSeamusLenahan
PeterJordanLocher
VictoriaNicoleLockridge
ScottJamesLusby
SarahElizabethLynch
MaryFrancesMace
JeremyStephenMackey
ToshawnkaMahone
PatrickDennisMangumJr.
SaraBrittanyMangum
JakePatrickMansfield
BerkeleyMarieMartin
ColinThomasMartin
GrahamJ.Martin
SaraMoellerMassey
KelseyLynnMazzocco
ErinClaireMcCarthy
RobertJamesMcCarthy
TaylorAnnPraterMcCormick
JoelCalvinMcCullough
JohnRichardMcEvoyJr.
LaurenAshleyMcManus
HilaryGarvinMcWhorterJr.
ThomasDavidMelvin
ValerieKayMeshell
SeanChristopherMichael
AmeliaMalloyMiddleton
LatoshiaEvodneyMiddleton
LyndseyElizabethMilburn
BenjaminHardyMillerII
JasonRobertMiller
EdwardVictorMirmowIV
JessicaPaigeMoeller
ToniReneeMoore
MatthewEdwardMorgan
KyleJosephMorris
KerryAyaMorrissey
RichardMarkMorvinJr.
QuentinAnthonyMullen
AnnaBagwellMullins
ElinorPraterMurray
MelissaReevesMyrick
FrancesElizabethNeal
ErinAlannaNeil
DrewThomasNickels
JenniferPriscillaBriekeNorred
AustinTimothyO'Donoghue
CarlyOsborn
ScottOwens
MatthewKellardPaiva
CarrieElizabethPapa
BrianBenjaminParker
CatherineElizabethParker
BenjaminFranklinParmenterII
MatthewMilburnPatterson
LauraButlerPeirano
TianaJanae'Peoples
JohnWilliamPerry
ShawnStevenPfeffer
ScottPierson
JorgeFernandoPinillosJr.
NathanChristopherPlatt
MichaelJacobPopovich
RachelLynnPowers
AshleyElizabethPrentice
JamesWestonQuintrell
GabrielOmarRamos
NicholasLewisRanko
DanielleAshleyRappel
KristinAnneRebholz
RebeccaNicoleRedman
WilliamWadeReid
JohnFletcherRickardJr.
MarinelleRiley
MichelleSueRoberts
AlexandraConwayRodis
KeeanaJanaiRoss
KenndalRote
AliciaH.Rouse
AshleyCamilleRussell
CassandraLeighRyman
ChristopherSaddlemire
KathrynAnnSanders
JoshuaPearreSansbury
DavidThomasSanto
MichaelJamesSarkkinen
TabithaDawnSaunders
CarolineBelleSawyer
KennethJohnScarlett
RachelVictoriaSchaefer
ThomasAdamSchaefer
KatherineMcDanielSchilling
AlexisScott
JustinScottSeagle
RebeccaLynnSeley
JohnLucasSemsar
JamesLouisSharpII
ArnedraDarcelleSimpson
ScheherazadeW.Smalls
AsiaNicoleSmith
KevinLaronClarenceSmith
VictoriaSheaSmith
ArielleLarisaSnyder
MorganSpencer
JosephChandlerSprinkles
RachaelStaats
AnnaElisabethStillinger
OliviaDanaiStine
RavenReneeStone
JohnNeelySweatt
AbigailBriarSwenson
SamanthaLouiseSzwak
EmmaLoisTartt
ErinWhitneyLaMarcheThomas
RonaldTimothyThompson
WilliamRussellTindalII
LenaRheeTravers
AnnaToddGeorgeTraynham
GrantTucker
KaleyBrookTucker
AnnieBrooksVangilder
WilliamLukeVoris
SeanRichardWalgrave
DevonLambertWall
TimothyJustinWalter
AyrielWilliamsWashington
MarvetteMariaWashington
KimberlyEllisWaters
MarkChristopherWatson
SamanthaWatson
TaylorLoganWatson
BrandeeBranchWethington
WilliamWhaley
MargaretSikesWhite
RebeccaRoseWhite
StevenNathanielWhitener
BaileeWilliams
AmberNicoleWilliamson
DannieJoWilson
KarleyElizabethWilson
MatthewWarrenWilson
MichelleLeeWilson
JessicaMedlinWise
ThomasDeweyWise
NicoleMuckenfussWren
KennethAbramWrightJr.
JessicaMcKenzieYarborough
AaronMichaelYoung
MarleyBrayYoung
JeffreyRayZeigler
HannahKarrasDunbarZervos
AlexisNoelAyoub
ShannaMichelleBaconLynn
WilliamBarrBailey
JasonDanielBaker
MichaelBarrineau
StaceyAnnBarrington
MaelynBelmondo
LaTishaJanayBowman
GilbertBowmanBradhamJr.
RobertNealBradley
CoryEvanBrashear
CrystynNeelyBrown
JonathanEarlBrown
LacurtiaDijohnnaiseChapreBrown
MatthewDaleBurton
CoreyMatthewByrd
RobertTaylorCarsten
TabathaAnneCarter
CharlesRobertClinemyerJr.
MatthewStephenColeman
JoshuaWilliamCooper
JasonRaymondCorbin
BradleyDigginsCostello
KristiL.Cowart
KyleBrabhamCreech
JohnJooHwanCruz
ElizabethGarrettDavis
SydneyBryceDeNett
RutledgeAnthonyDetyensJr.
JoshuaBaileyEvans
RossKirkwoodEvansJr.
NicoleMarieFlexner
KellyReneFranceschi
CanzettaMardriceGailliard
JustinBlakeGeisler
HarleyGeorge
ThomasConnorGuess
SaraMargaretGulia
NathanJamarHaggwood
WilliamPaulHerring
JohnWillliamHopkinsIII
SerenaAliciaJohnston
MichaelJamesKahly
LeonaWashingtonKing
NathanThomasKovacs
WilliamKovalczykIII
WilliamEdwardKroeger
AlexisEllenLehman
AlexanderWarrenLester
GeorgeAndrewLeventisJr.
ArielLindsayLinder
BlakeAllenLipscomb
MallorySandraLipton
DiegoAlbertoLopez
ThomasP.Lorge
IsaiahJoshuaLowmanV
ThomasAlbertMadden
RickyLinnMarchantJr.
NathanMichaelMarshall
AndreEvrolMckenzie
DavidChesterMcLawhornIV
DallasCharlesMcNamara
SamanthaJanetteMetts
AlexanderMaxMeyers
HannahGislinaMackenzieMorris
KarinaNaumenko
AlanBazelNewsome
JosephAlbertOrtega
KarlaNabilaPazmino
JustinMichaelPeek
ShaneAnsonPetry
CharityLynnPippin
ChloeMichellePittman
CalvinPitts
DonaldLarryPrice
JacobJosephPytlik
MariaZeranneSabaterReveral
ChristianRevollo
JoeRobinson
MichaelTylerRudd
MichaelAlanSchmieder
LoganReidSchulken
JacksonGrantShugart
GregorySmith
MarkAndrewSzlachetka
HomerTiptonIII
JessicaAshleeTucker
RogerAlfredoValenzuela
BrandiReneeVanover
EricaS.Watts
DawnWells
ShawnRyanWhetstone
AlexanderJamesWhite
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Citadel Graduate College honors top students from the Class of 2020 and faculty https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-graduate-college-honors-top-students-from-the-class-of-2020-and-faculty/ Mon, 11 May 2020 23:00:13 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16294 Each year, The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) celebrates student excellence in areas of academics, leadership and service during the annual CGC Awards Ceremony. With campus closed, more than 20 deserving]]>

Each year, The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) celebrates student excellence in areas of academics, leadership and service during the annual CGC Awards Ceremony. With campus closed, more than 20 deserving CGC students and faculty members are being recognized as a part of commencement. Each year, The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) celebrates student excellence in areas of academics, leadership and service during the annual CGC Awards Ceremony.

The 2020 award recipients include:

Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership

The Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership recognizes an exceptional student that has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership while at The Citadel.

Kara Marie Klein
Klein is the director of marketing at The Citadel and earned a MS in Project Management. She’s worked at The Citadel for nine years, leading the advertising, market research and data analysis for the college. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Anne Marie Maghakian
Maghakian received her Master’s Certificate in May of 2019 and is currently working toward her Master’s in Higher Education Leadership. She should be awarded the M.Ed. in 2021.

Thomas Dewey Wise
Wise is the oldest person to earn a degree from The Citadel or The Citadel Graduate College. At 80, Wise has many career and personal accomplishments, including his new Masters Degree in International Politics and Military Affairs which he earned with honors as a member of The Citadel Class of 2020. Wise is an Army veteran who served in Viet Nam and as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Army Judiciary for which he was awarded numerous medals. He was a member of the South Carolina General Assembly, founded a law firm and served as Assistant County Attorney for Charleston County.

Evening Undergraduate Student Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership

The Evening Undergraduate Student Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership recognizes an exceptional student that has demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership while at The Citadel.

Corey Matthew Byrd
Byrd earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and is pursuing an MBA with The Citadel Graduate College. He is a veteran who served eight years in the South Carolina National Guard and works as a student account representative at The Citadel.

Dawn Wells
Wells graduated with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and completed and internship with Mead and Hunt as a transportation engineering intern. She served as the student president of the Society of Women Engineers Club at The Citadel, was inducted into the Tau beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers student club.

The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs Academic Excellence and Leadership Award

The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs Academic Excellence and Leadership Award recognizes an exceptional student that has demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership while at The Citadel.

Thomas Dewey Wise
Wise founded an international telecommunications company and First Trident Savings Bank. He served on The Citadel Board of Visitors, and on the board of directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as well as holding positions on other boards. Since retiring he has earned Master Gardener and Master Wildlifer titles and devoted more than 500 hours of volunteer service to the county’s master gardener program. He is currently working to finish three books, one of which is an autobiography. (Watch for a full feature story about Mr. Wise on The Citadel Today newsroom Friday, May 15.)

Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate College

The Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate College recognizes a distinguished faculty member that has made outstanding contributions to graduate education on campus.

Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D.
Bennett is the Director of Graduate and College Transfer Programs, and Assistant Professor for the Baker School of Business. Prior to joining The Citadel, he served as the Director of the MBA program at the University of North Georgia.

Charles Lindbergh Award

The Charles Lindbergh Award is presented annually to an undergraduate evening student in civil and environmental engineering for outstanding achievement in civil engineering. This award honors Charles Lindbergh, Ph.D., Citadel Class of 1958. 

Dawn Wells

Hirshey Award

The Hirshey Award is presented to graduate and cadet students exemplifying excellence in education in honor of Charles Hirshey, Ph.D., head of The Citadel Department of Education from 1969 to 1979. Hirshey is a pioneer of graduate education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of what is now The Citadel Graduate College.

Victoria Carle

Colin Thomas Martin
Martin earned a Master of Secondary Education as a member of the CGC Class of 2020. He is a student-teaching intern at Wando High School. Martin will pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry with Carnegie Mellon University.

Scott James Lusby
Lusby, who earned his M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration, is a 21-year veteran of teaching, the last 13 years of which have been in the Beaufort County School District. He has been twice nominated for Teacher of the Year by his schools, making it to the district finals once. Mr. Lusby is also an experienced curriculum writer and teacher evaluator. 

Joseph Castleman Annibale
Annibale graduated with a Master of Education in Elementary Counseling. After graduating from high school, he decided to join the Franciscan Friars. A year and a half later, he moved back home and began working with after-school programs in Charleston County. After working in schools such as Whitesville, Chicora, Buist, Charleston Progressive and Philip Simmons, Joseph decided to enroll in the counselor education program at The Citadel to pursue becoming an elementary school counselor.

Aline Mahan Award

The Aline M. Mahan Award is presented annually to graduates who have demonstrated an outstanding record of scholarship, technical skill and community service in the school psychology program at The Citadel.

Shaniqua Latoya Crews

J. Patrick Leverett Award

The J. Patrick Leverett Award is presented to the year’s outstanding graduate of The Citadel Department of Psychology’s master’s degree program in clinical counseling. This award honors Pat Leverett, who served as a faculty member in the department for 10 years.

John Paul Karabees
Karabees, who graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling in December 2019, came to The Citadel after earning an Associate of Applied Science in Intelligence Operations at Cochise College and a BA in Philosophy at the College of Charleston. He served eight years as a U.S. Army Intelligence staff sergeant and was a member of USA Office of Military Support where he had four deployments and one overseas duty station. During his time in the Clinical Counseling MA program, Karabees also worked as a mental health technician at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health.

Lauren Adams Teal
Teal has been an exemplary student during her time in the Clinical-Counseling MA program and has lived a life defined by serving others. Lauren enlisted in the Army National Guard at 17 and turned 21 while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, with the job specialty of Military Police. During this time, she was also enrolled as an undergraduate at University of South Carolina with a double major in Experimental Psychology and Criminology and Criminal Justice. While a student at The Citadel, Teal was activated by the Army National Guard for two different states of emergency.

MBA Student of the Year Award

The MBA Student of the Year Award is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the MBA Program. A vote of faculty members who teach in the MBA Program determine the award each year.

Anna Bagwell Mullins

MBA Faculty Member of the Year Award

The MBA Faculty Member of the Year Award is presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the education of their students. A vote of students in the MBA Program determine the award each year.

Michael M. Barth, Ph.D.
Barth is an Associate Professor of Finance in The Citadel’s School of Business Administration. Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, he spent nine years in the Department of Finance and Quantitative Analysis at Georgia Southern University, including two years as the acting department chair.

Business Evening Undergraduate Student of the Year Award

The Business Evening Undergraduate Student of the Year Award is determined is presented to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the program. The award is determined by a vote of faculty members who teach in the evening undergraduate program.

Kristie L. Cowart
Cowart is the director of accounting operations for The Citadel. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She has worked at The Citadel in the Finance Office for 26 years.

Business Evening Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year Award

The Business Evening Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year Award recognizes one evening undergraduate professor for their accomplishments. The award is determined by a vote of evening undergraduate students.

Maria A. Aselage
Aselage is a full-time adjunct professor at The Citadel where she teaches marketing and communication classes. She owns and operates HearSay Communications, a Charleston-based boutique communications company.

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Leadership Studies

The Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Leadership Studies recognizes the top performing Master of Science in Leadership student for their outstanding academic achievement, student engagement and scholarly excellence in leadership studies.

Deborah Anne Barton

Swain Department of Nursing Caring Award

The Swain Department of Nursing recognizes an evening undergraduate student who has exemplified the components of Swanson’s Theory of Caring: Being With, Enabling, Maintaining Belief, Doing For, and Knowing. 

Crystyn Neely Brown

Note: If you are an award recipient and would like your biographical information added to this article, please contact Zach Watson at zwatson2@citadel.edu.

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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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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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New Citadel graduates lean in to protect and serve https://today.citadel.edu/new-citadel-graduates-lean-in-to-protect-and-serve/ Fri, 08 May 2020 20:30:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16246 Many members of the Class of 2020 will lean in to protect and serve, carrying on the generations-old sense of duty established by cadets who preceded them.]]>

Many members of The Citadel Class of 2020 will lean in to protect and serve, carrying on the generations-old sense of duty established by cadets who preceded them.

“We have the most amazing people at our various age groups gathered in one place. This is absolutely incredible and a testament to us and the institution for the culture and types of people it draws,” said Cadet Michael Asher, who will be working with the Charleston Police Department after completing training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

As military officers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, cyber security warriors, prosecutors, secret service agents or three-letter-agency government operatives, these graduates will join the ranks of Citadel alumni across the globe, working to keep their communities, states and country safe.

Having earned degrees in Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Securities Studies, or Computer Science and Cyber Security, these men and women are committed to beginning their professional life in a role that contributes to the safety of others.

While some of the names and destinations of these graduates cannot be noted publicly, other graduates are able to share their next steps and positions, resulting from their diligent work as cadets and future leaders.

Cadet Montele Adams

Destination: Military Police Officer, U.S. Army
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Hephzibah, Georgia

“My job will be to protect the soldiers of the U.S. Army and related military installations around the world.”

Cadet Michael Asher

Destination: Charleston Police Department
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Atlanta

“The cadets will become your best friends, your brothers and sisters. I can personally say that when the time comes where you no longer live 20 yards from each other, it genuinely breaks your heart. This place will teach you so many things academically and about life. It will give you a creed for which to live by. It will give you connections throughout the world. However, none of these come close to the love and value we place on each other as classmates and brothers and sisters.”

Cadet Eric Avalos

Destination: Officer in Army National Guard/aviation
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Greer, South Carolina

Cadet Nathaniel Ballard

Destination: Naval Information Warfare Center, Charleston
Degree: Mathematics, Computer Science
Hometown: Coppell, Texas

“I’m looking forward to being data scientists with NIWC. I came to The Citadel for the military environment and for the great Computer Science program.”

Cadet Henry Brown

Destination: University of South Carolina School of Law with the goal of becoming a prosecutor in St. Louis
Degree: Political Science; Intelligence and Homeland Security Studies
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

“I was able to learn from leadership roles and responsibilities that only cadets at The Citadel can experience while growing my relationship with my classmates and fellow cadets.”

Juan Campana, Veteran Student

Destination: U.S. Federal Government Service
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies; Counter Terrorism
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“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.”

Cadet John Thomas “JT” Follin

Destination: Florence County Sheriff’s Office with the goal of earning my way on to the SWAT team
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Coward, South Carolina

“I have made brothers for a lifetime. The Citadel has also taught me time management and self-discipline for all aspects of life. I would not change the bonds I have made with the guys in my company. That’s what The Citadel is all about.”

Cadet Jacob Fritz

Destination: Officer in U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia
Degree: Criminal Justice; Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to improve one’s own level of discipline and find some sense of meaning in life. I came to The Citadel to commission into the Marine Corps, and I improved my sense of discipline by staying organized and using time-management skills to succeed in my academic studies. How well you do at this school is predicated on how much effort you put forth, and anyone can do well if that is what they truly desire.”

James Jacko, CGC undergraduate student

Destination: Continuing my career with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office as new detective
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina

“The people and the goals that are supported are the best reasons to attend The Citadel Graduate College.”

Cadet Parker Lewis

Destination: Officer in the U.S. Air Force; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Clemson, South Carolina

“The bond you make with your classmates at The Citadel is the closest thing to family that there is.”

Cadet Connor McDonald

Destination: The New Jersey State Police; Army National Guard
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Warwick, New York

“At The Citadel, it’s all about the people you meet while learning to complete a task given to you in a timely manner, with the utmost professionalism.”

Cadet Haylee Neal

Destination: Officer in U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

“The bonds made with your Citadel family will serve you professionally and personally. I know those that I shared my time with will be those I invite to my wedding, introduce my children to as aunt and uncle, and treasure forever.”

Michael Popovich, Graduate Student and father of current cadet

Destination: I will continue my work for the Naval Information Warfare Center as a security specialist. My duties currently include deployment of a physical enclave into a cloud environment and maintaining management, operational, and technical security controls to protect critical medical health information for US service members.
Degree: Master of Science in Engineering, Project Management
Hometown: U.S. Army bases

“My hope is to build a meaningful family legacy rich in tradition. My younger brother graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 2008 and my oldest son is currently part of the 2022 class. I have two other boys and I intend for them to both attend The Citadel in the future. My dream is for the family table to be full of Citadel rings during future holidays.

Cadet Will Riley

Destination: Colleton County Sheriff’s Office or Walterboro Police Department with the goal of serving the people in my home county in law enforcement for my entire career
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Walterboro, South Carolina

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to learn the value of hard work. My hard work and time here have paid off and I am graduating a year early.”

Cadet Grant Schoonover

Destination: U.S. Army; armor officer
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Andover, Kansas

Mark Vowells II, Active Duty Student, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program

Destination: Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps; infantry
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

“I think the professors are the best reason to attend The Citadel. All my professors at The Citadel have been outstanding. Not only are they excellent at communicating important information to us, they have all been leaders in their respective fields. It has been a real privilege to learn from some of the best in the business.”

Cadet George Wisniewski

Destination: Charleston Police Department and Army National Guard
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fleming, New Jersey

“I might have dropped out of college or knowing myself might have gone the wrong direction with drugs if I went to another college. I knew at the time when I applied, as I do now, that The Citadel would get me through and keep me away from that culture and life.”

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Members of the Class of 2020 get down to serious business https://today.citadel.edu/members-of-the-class-of-2020-get-down-to-serious-business/ https://today.citadel.edu/members-of-the-class-of-2020-get-down-to-serious-business/#comments Wed, 06 May 2020 22:51:04 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16189 The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business educates and develops innovative leaders of principle to serve both their global and local communities. ]]>

A dream job, a slice of the shipping industry and a non-profit for adults with special needs

The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business educates and develops innovative leaders of principle to serve both their global and local communities. These excellent outcomes are never more apparent than in the spring, when graduates leave The Citadel and begin their new careers.

The Citadel’s business degrees are some of the most popular, offering graduates an infinite number of career paths through the three departments and associated pathways: Accounting & FinanceManagement & Entrepreneurship – and Marketing, Supply Chain Management & Economics.

Take a look at some of the outstanding outcomes from the Baker School of Business’s Class of 2020:

Cadet Michael Lima, headed to his dream job
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration — Accounting

Michael Lima’s Citadel story started when his father saw an advertisement for The Military College of South Carolina, and wished that he could attend. Now he’s part of The Citadel family, as his son prepares to graduate and start his dream job.

Lima (no, the Lima Company is no relation) says that Ernst & Young, thanks to an employee and a member of The Citadel Class of 2012, will usually take one or two Citadel cadets as interns during their junior year. But Lima got lucky. He received an email from The Citadel Career Center this year, inviting him to apply for a full-time position.

Thanks to hard work – a Citadel connection – and a little bit of luck, Lima landed a job at his “dream firm since sophomore year.”

Other Baker School of Business success stories from the South Carolina Corps of Cadets include:

Cadet Plans after graduation
Raymon Garrell
Accounting
Working in the Charleston area with Campus Outreach
Chase Kinsey
Business
University of South Carolina School of Law
James McClary
Business
Air Force Test Pilot Training
Hunter McGee
Accounting
Risk advisory consultant, Ernst & Young
Richard Snyder
Accounting
Infantry Basic Officers Leader Course for the Army
Jeremy Ward
Business
Working in logistics for a college ministry in Charleston
Griffin Bunch
Business Administration minor
Police Officer, City of Charleston

Cpl. Isaiah Lowman, USMC (Ret.), sailing into big business
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Isaiah Lowman will be using his Citadel business degree to help keep the global economy flowing. During his time at The Citadel, Lowman turned a class internship into a full-time position.

He was recently promoted to Container Operations Coordinator for the South Carolina Ports Authority. Among his many responsibilities, Lowman tracks import and export containers across all of the terminals in Charleston.

Lowman was initially hired as an intern, through a class with Shawn Swartwood – Citadel business professor and director of the annual Baker Business Bowl competition. After earning class credits as an intern for two semesters, Lowman was promoted to his current position.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after graduating from Wando High School in 2011.

“The Citadel is the most prestigious college in the state, especially in Charleston, so having that band of gold along with your veteran experience makes you a golden potential hire in the area,” said Lowman.

Danni Bloom, using education to help her community blossom
Master’s of Business Administration

Danni Bloom may have earned her bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences at age 43 – however, she’s anything but a late bloomer. Now she’s about to earn her MBA from The Citadel; she plans to use her degrees to create a non-profit, aimed at helping young adults with special needs.

“I have a 21-year-old son with severe autism,” said Bloom. “I’m seeking my MBA so that I can participate in the creation of a non-profit organization to help young adults with special needs get the training they need in order to transition successfully into the workforce and adulthood. I believe that an MBA from The Citadel will allow me to help my son and others like him who have special needs.”

In addition to her education, Bloom is also a board member at The Arc of South Carolina, the state headquarters for a national non-profit that helps people with special needs get the services they need to succeed. She also works as a grassroots autism advocate for Autism Speaks.

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to be a part of a rich history of educational excellence and to learn the principled leadership skills that will allow you to help shape the future,” she said.

The Baker School of Business is the namesake of Tommy and Victoria Baker, dedicated philanthropists who make giving back to the Charleston community a priority. They support numerous charitable organizations, particularly in education, medicine and the arts. Baker, founder and owner of Baker Motor Company, studied business while attending the college as a veteran student with The Citadel Class of 1972 after returning from service as an enlisted Marine.

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A new decade of Citadel graduates keeps it in the family https://today.citadel.edu/a-new-decade-of-citadel-graduates-keeps-it-in-the-family/ Tue, 05 May 2020 10:00:29 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16070 Regardless of the type of degree Citadel cadets and students pursue, they're all a member of one family -- The Citadel family.]]>

Regardless of the type of degree Citadel cadets and students pursue, they’re all a member of one family — The Citadel family.

And with that comes a special tradition — a unique legacy.

“Having my younger brother as my legacy presenter is a special moment for me,” said Erin Alanna Neil, an Intelligence and Security Studies Master’s student. “We chose very different routes with our undergraduate careers. However, my time as a graduate student overlapped with his time as a cadet. Although our experiences here are very different, we still share a bond over the time we spent together at The Citadel.”

Graduation usually presents a special opportunity for students to receive their diplomas on stage from a parent or another close family member who is a Citadel graduate. But being a legacy student means more than a moment on stage.

“I take great honor in being a Citadel graduate alongside my grandfather, Thomas Brinson, Class of ’61, said Matthew Anderson, who will soon earn his Master’s of Business Administration degree. “He has been one of my greatest supporters, and he knows how hard I’ve worked to earn this MBA. We were really looking forward to putting a bow on this experience at May commencement, but we don’t need a stage for me to know that he is proud of me.”

The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020 has 16 legacy students. Each legacy graduate was invited to submit photos of themselves, along with their legacy presenter.

The names of both students and the alumni, as well as self-submitted photos, are as follows:


Graduate: Matthew Brian Anderson
Alumnus: Thomas W. Brunson ’61
“[My grandfather] has been one of my greatest supporters, and he knows how hard I’ve worked to earn this MBA.”


Graduate: William Barr Bailey

Alumnus: Wendell Barr Bailey Jr, ’99

“I am excited to earn my degree from such a highly esteemed organization, and it makes me so proud that I get to follow in my father’s footsteps.” 

Graduate: Catherine Elliott

Alumnus: John Avery Elliott, ’81

“I am so thrilled to be able to share my graduation experience with my Daddy, who graduated from The Citadel as a cadet. It is special to say that I earned my graduate degree at his Alma Mater.”  

Graduate: Ariel Lindsay Linder

Alumnus: Aaron Linder ’88

“After hearing all my dad’s stories growing up and visiting campus often, I couldn’t wait to pursue my dreams of being an engineer and a legacy graduate.”

Graduate: Sara Moeller Massey

Alumnus: Andrew N. Massey’ 83, ’85

“It’s an honor to become an alumna of The Citadel. Pursuing this graduate degree would not have been possible without Andy’s encouragement, support and sacrifice.

Graduate: Erin Alanna Neil

Alumnus: 2nd Lt. Peter Monfore Neil II, USA, ’19

“Having my younger brother as my legacy presenter is a special moment for me. We chose very different routes with our undergraduate careers, however, my time as a graduate student overlapped with his time as a cadet.”


Student NameAlumnus Name
Chalk, Maelda MirandaRichard Eugene Chalk, Jr. ’74
Darby, Brendan DavisH. Darrel Darby II’ 85
Fehrmann, Catherine GraceCol. Douglas H. Fehrmann, USAF (Ret.), ’83
Fosberry, Martin James IIIMartin James Fosberry Jr. ’85
Frye, Nicholas EdwardWalter Elbert Watson III ’61
Madden, Thomas AlbertMichael T. Madden ’79
Martin, Samuel VinsonVinson L. Martin’73
McKenna, John PatrickNicholas John McKenna’17
Redman,Rebecca NicoleDetrya Youngblood ’10
Seagle, Justin CAPT James M. Seagle, USN (Ret.), ’78
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Celebrating The Citadel Class of 2020: Virtual Commencement Plus https://today.citadel.edu/celebrating-the-citadel-class-of-2020-virtual-commencement-plus/ Sat, 02 May 2020 20:09:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16076 On May 9, The Citadel Class of 2020 -- more than 1,000 graduates total -- will be celebrated during two virtual commencement ceremonies. ]]>

South Carolina Corps of Cadets; Citadel Graduate College commencement events and statistics

On May 9, The Citadel Class of 2020 — with more than 1,000 graduates comprised of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College — will be celebrated for their achievements during two virtual commencement ceremonies. Both will be broadcast on the college’s Facebook page, and on a special commencement website at this link which will be activated on graduation day. 

A virtual program for each ceremony will be downloadable on the commencement website. A hard copy keepsake of the programs will be mailed to the home of each graduate.

South Carolina Corp of Cadets

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets ceremony begins at 1 p.m. EST. Graduates will find a virtual invitation at this page they can share with friends and family. See the virtual program here.

Graduates will be addressed by Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC (Ret.), who served as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council from 2015 – 2019. In addition, there will be a special dedication to Charles Foster, the first African American Corps graduate, as this is the 50th anniversary of his commencement.

By the numbers, the ceremony includes:

  • 590 cadets from 33 states
  • Approximately 180 cadets are earning commissions in all branches of U.S. Armed Forces to become new officers. These ceremonies are also virtual, managed by each ROTC branch.
  • 26 veteran students
  • 4 active duty students

The Citadel Graduate College

The Citadel Graduate College commencement begins at 3 p.m. EST. and will last about 45 minutes. See the virtual program here. Graduates will find a virtual invitation they can share with friends and family at this link. They will be addressed by Anderson “Andy” D. Warlick, the chairman and CEO of Parkdale Inc. Warlick is considered one of the most innovative leaders in the textile industry and is leading his company in the production of support products to combat COVID-19. He graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a degree in business administration.

Included in the ceremony:

  • 307 Master’s Degree students
  • 92 College Transfer Students (Undergraduate/evening or online)

What is the “Plus?”

The “Plus” part of the celebration is an option for anyone in the Class of 2020 to return to campus in the fall for a special military review parade by the Corps in their honor, and to walk a stage and receive their diploma in person from The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, for a commemorative photo. The experience is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18.

“Even if we cannot all be together for a spring ceremony, we wanted to provide the richest experiences possible during a pandemic for our cadets and students in recognition of their tremendous efforts,” said Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), vice president of communications and marketing for The Citadel.

Another Plus: each graduate’s personal commencement web page where visitors can share messages

On May 9, every cadet and student can log on to the special commencement website to view their own graduation page, created just for them. The graduates can share their pages easily on social media platforms. The page will include:

  • A photo.
  • A professional reading of that graduate’s name, just as it would have been read during an in-person commencement ceremony.
  • A quote or written message of appreciation to your loved ones from the graduate.
  • Electronic badges symbolizing the special achievement cords the graduate would have worn in a traditional ceremony.
  • A place were classmates, friends and family can leave written messages for their graduate.
  • A video message from graduates who provided one. (Instructions for submitting a video are here.)
  • PLUS: the information from these pages, the virtual ceremony and the virtual program can all be downloaded as keepsakes and shared.

What do the virtual ceremonies include?

  • On Facebook the ceremonies will open with a “virtual lobby” where people can gather to exchange comments and greet each other. (On the commencement website, this will be presented as a two-minute countdown.)
  • Among the speakers during the ceremonies will be the college president, the provost, and the keynote speakers outlined above.
  • Awards for special achievements will also be announced.
  • Degrees will be conferred by Col. Fred Price, President of The Citadel Board of Visitors.
  • Rather than the traditional reading of names, Gen. Walters will invite all graduates to spend time reflecting on their Citadel experience with their loved ones at their current locations during a special video.
  • The president of The Citadel Alumni Association (CAA) will invite graduates to turn their rings around together.
  • Morris Robinson, ‘91, international opera star, and the newest addition to CAA’s distinguished alumni list, will sing the Alma Mater.
  • Both ceremonies will end on another Facebook virtual lobby and viewers will be directed to the commencement website to share comments on their graduate’s page.
  • Once the ceremony is complete, a button will appear that will enable download of the ceremony as a keepsake.

Share your celebration with The Citadel family by using #Citadel2020

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Citadel Biology Department to Class of 2020: Congratulations! https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-biology-department-to-class-of-2020-congratulations/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:57:39 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15950 The Citadel Biology Department put together a video message from faculty, staff and students to congratulate the Class of 2020.]]>

Photo: Bonnie Ertel, a biology graduate student and the recipient of this year’s Bowers Research Presentation Award

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