Homecoming – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 30 Sep 2021 15:27:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Homecoming – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The rewind: celebrating the Class of 1970 and more https://today.citadel.edu/the-rewind-celebrating-the-class-of-1970-and-more/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 20:13:24 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26649 The postponed Homecoming recognized the milestone reunions for classes ending in '0 and '5 and, especially, members of the Class of 1970 who celebrated their 50th reunion.]]>

Recognizing the reunions that would have happened in 2020

The alumni who waited an extra year to reunite with their former classmates don’t have to wait anymore.

Though it came a year later than planned, The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association held Homecoming 2020 on Sept. 10-12, 2021.

The postponed Homecoming recognized the milestone reunions for classes ending in ‘0 and ‘5 and, especially, members of the Class of 1970 who celebrated their 50th reunion.

Despite the delay and some modifications required by the pandemic, many activities looked like they have in years past.

Saturday, Sept. 11 began with the barracks on campus open to visitors, as well as the traditional performance by The Citadel’s Regimental Pipe Band.

Later in the morning, cadets marched in the Homecoming dress parade in honor of the Class of 1970. That parade also included a Jeep review by The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’77; Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Kathryn Christmas; and 2020 President of The Citadel Alumni Association Col. Ed White Jr., USAF (Ret.), ’66.

There were also multiple events on campus to honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, including a memorial display — hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) with support from the Fine Arts Program — of a fragment of steel from the World Trade Center.

Photo courtesy: Tiffany Silverman, director of the Fine Arts program at The Citadel

The SHSS received the fragment in 2013; it was displayed in the lobby of Capers Hall until it was relocated for the building’s demolition. A new, permanent location will be established when the new Capers Hall is complete.

Saturday afternoon, The Citadel football team competed with Charleston Southern University. That game also included multiple tributes to those lost on 9/11 as well as military members and first responders.

Homecoming 2021 — honoring classes ending in ‘1 and ‘6 — is scheduled for Nov. 12-14. More information can be found here.

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USA Today: Soldier sneaks up on Citadel football player son https://today.citadel.edu/usa-today-soldier-sneaks-up-on-citadel-football-player-son/ Mon, 27 Jul 2020 00:23:38 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17363 Tereis Drayton, a rising junior majoring in Finance, received a Homecoming surprise that was arranged by The Citadel Athletics in 2019.]]>

As seen in USA Today Militarykind

USA Today’s positive news brand, Militarykind, recently reached out after seeing the 2019 Homecoming surprise for Citadel Cadet Tereis Drayton. His father, Staff Sgt. Demond Drayton, sneaked up behind his son for a homecoming surprise, arranged by The Citadel Athletics.

Drayton, a rising junior majoring in Finance, plays on the offensive line for The Citadel Football team.

Watch Drayton’s new interview with USA today about that special moment below.

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Operation: Remembering General https://today.citadel.edu/operation-remembering-general/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 18:04:18 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=11062 The South Carolina Corps of Cadets will pay tribute to General Robert P. Carson, also called General or G2, at the Homecoming game against Mercer.]]>

The Citadel will send off one of its beloved mascots during Homecoming 2019

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets will pay tribute to General Robert P. Carson, also called General or G2, at the Homecoming game against Mercer.

Before the game, cadet mascot handlers will be with Boo, General co-mascot, at The Citadel Bulldog Mascot Memorial, on the northern side of Johnson Hagood Stadium. Boo will be there to interact with fans.

The Citadel Mascot Memorial, attached to Johnson Hagood Stadium (Courtesy: Lowcountry Monuments)

In honor of General, the Corps will execute “eyes left” as each company passes the mascot monument. The “eyes left” or “eyes right” command is ordered by each company commander to show respect.

Additionally, there will be various other tributes to General during the game.

The Bulldogs will play Mercer on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in Johnson Hagood Stadium. For a more detailed Homecoming schedule, click here.

General was 8 years old when he passed away quietly in September. He loved going to football games, and was known to stand facing the corner of his back yard fence, pointing his nose to the direction of the stadium, early on Bulldogs’ home football game days.

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Citadel Homecoming 2019 https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-homecoming-2019/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:41:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=10327 During the last weekend of October, The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association will hold one of the college's biggest events of the year on campus.]]>

Alumni are welcomed back to The Citadel for Homecoming 2019

During the last weekend of October, The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association (CAA) will hold one of the college’s biggest events of the year on campus.

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 24, The Citadel will host various Homecoming festivities, including a football game against Mercer.

Gen. Glenn Walters shaking cadet's hand during Homecoming 2018
Gen. Glenn Walters shaking cadet’s hand during Homecoming 2018

This will be the 50th reunion for The Citadel Class of 1969. It will also be the 40th reunion for the Class of 1979, to which belongs Citadel president, Gen. Glenn Walters.

A schedule of events for this year’s Homecoming is below:

Thursday, Oct. 24

3 – 5:30 p.m. Stray Dog Society, Big Red Flag CruiseCity Marina
6 – 9 p.m.Junior Sword Drill, JSA ReunionHolliday Alumni Center

Friday, Oct. 25

7:30 – 5 p.m. 29th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, hosted by The Citadel Brigadier Foundation Patriots Point Links
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.CAA Annual Meeting and AwardsHolliday Alumni Center
3 – 5 p.m. Citadel vs. Furman Soccer Game WLI Field
3 – 5 p.m. Swain Family School of Science & Mathematics Alumni Reception Grimsley Hall
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Alumni Memorial Service Summerall Chapel
5:10 p.m. Memorial Parade   Summerall Field
5:45 – 7 p.m. Citadel Young Alumni Reception Holliday Alumni Center
7 – 11 p.m.Stray Dog Society, JamboreePort Terminal Charleston

Saturday, Oct. 26

8 – 9 a.m. CAA Past Presidents Breakfast (private)Holliday Alumni Center
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.The Citadel Archives and Museum holds open houseDaniel Library
8:30 – 10 a.m.Open BarracksCadet Barracks
8:50 a.m.Summerall Guards PerformanceSummerall Field
11 a.m.Homecoming Review ParadeSummerall Field
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.School of Engineering Alumni BBQGrimsley Hall
12 – 2 p.m.    CAA TailgateHolliday Alumni Center
2 p.m.      Citadel vs. Mercer Football Game Johnson Hagood Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 27

10 a.m.Protestant ServiceMark Clark Hall, Buyer Auditorium
2 – 4 p.m.       Citadel vs. Wofford Soccer Game          Washington Light Infantry Field

As early as the Class of 1886, Citadel graduates have been holding reunions on campus to celebrate their achievements and catch up with their classmates. The first homecoming football game was on Oct. 25, 1924. According to newspaper reports at the time, The Citadel played Furman in Hampton Park and graduates had a barbeque picnic on Indian Hill.

The Citadel football team, 1906
The Citadel football team, 1906
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Oldest regimental commander at 102 to meet the youngest at homecoming https://today.citadel.edu/oldest-regimental-commander-at-102-to-meet-the-youngest-at-homecoming/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:34:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4691 Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938Just before this year's Homecoming Review Parade, Smoak and Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn will meet to shake hands before the Corps]]> Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938

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Nov 9-10 includes two homecoming parades, reunions, eagle sculpture dedication and game

The pageantry and celebrations during The Citadel Homecoming 2018 will include a meeting between the oldest living Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets who is 102, and the youngest, who is 21. Ambassador Marion “Joe” Smoak, will make his way from Washington D.C. to visit campus during what would be his 80th reunion since graduating. Just before the Homecoming Review Parade, Smoak, and Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn will meet to shake hands before the Corps.

Cadet Marion Smoak, 1938

After graduating from The Citadel with an English degree, and then from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Smoak served in the U.S. Army as an officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1961. During those years, he was a Judge Advocate Officer in both the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. That was followed by tours with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions during which Smoak accumulated 58 jumps earning master parachutist status.

Smoak then entered politics in South Carolina helping organize the state’s Republican Party working his way onto the national stage. From 1969-1974, he was Chief of Protocol for President Richard Nixon, retiring from the Department of State in 1974 with the grade of Ambassador. He later served as part of Ronald Regan’s campaign and transition team.

“We are truly honored that Ambassador Smoak can join us at The Citadel Homecoming 2018 as a representative of the Class of 1938,” said Thomas McAlister, interim executive director for The Citadel Alumni Association. “His zest is inspiring to all of us and we wish him the best at his 80th reunion.”

Smoak, a native of Aiken, South Carolina, has homes in Washington and Palm Beach, Florida and “enjoys a daily martini” according to his family, and the Washingtonian.

The parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and is open to the public.

The Citadel’s new guardian to be dedicated

Original Bond Hall eagle
Original Bond Hall eagle

The original eagle often referred to as the college’s guardian sat atop Bond Hall as a sentinel overlooking campus for more than 86 years until it was removed due to deterioration caused by the elements related to a campus on the marsh.

Bond Hall Administration Building 1930
Bond Hall Administration Building 1930

The eagle was an original part of Bond Hall’s design, included in this 1930 blueprint for the building. That concrete and wire eagle was repaired repeatedly over the years until it was determined in 2012 that it was no longer salvageable.

Bond Hall eagle model and sculptor Scott Penegar
Bond Hall eagle model and sculptor Scott Penegar

The Class of 1983 raised $200,000 to have a new one made and to endow the maintenance of the new eagle. The class commissioned sculptor Scott Penegar to create the new eagle, which he developed as a model. It was then sent to a foundry for scanning and casting in bronze.

Bond Hall eagle being replaced
Bond Hall eagle being replaced

The 4 ft. by 6 ft. bronze eagle was finally hoisted into place Oct. 24.  The steel flagpole situation directly behind the eagle had also deteriorated and needed replacing. The Class of 2006 raised the funds for a new aluminum pole.

The new Bond Hall Eagle and flagpole will be dedicated during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Citadel's new Bond Hall sentinel watches over campus
The Citadel’s new Bond Hall sentinel watches over campus

Homecoming parades and Bulldogs vs. Samford

Homecoming weekend kicks off Friday, Nov. 9 with an alumni memorial service, academic open houses and a memorial parade at 5:10 p.m. On Saturday, barracks are open for visitors from 8:30 – 10 a.m. and the nationally renowned Summerall Guards precision drill troupe performs at 8:50 on Summerall Field. Kelly is the National Citadel Volunteer Recruiters Chairman.

The Citadel Alumnus of the Year, Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, U.S. Army (Ret.), a member of the Class of 1982, will be honored during the 11 a.m. parade.

Kickoff time for The Citadel Bulldogs vs. the Samford Bulldogs is at 2 p.m.

The full homecoming schedule is here.

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