Recognition Day – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 29 Mar 2022 21:30:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Recognition Day – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 “Remember, the journey does not stop here. In fact, it is just the beginning.” https://today.citadel.edu/remember-the-journey-does-not-stop-here-in-fact-it-is-just-the-beginning/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 21:30:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31432 Having completed the challenges of the fourth-class system, members of the Class of 2025 now begin a new phase of their journey through The Citadel's four-year system of leadership development.]]>

Photo: Deputy Regimental Commander Grayson Gasque leading the March to Marion Square on Saturday, March 27. (Courtesy: Cadet Blake Vasquez)

Looking back at Recognition Day 2022

Having completed the challenges of the fourth-class system, members of the Class of 2025 now begin a new phase of their journey through The Citadel’s four-year system of leadership development.

Before the soon-to-be sophomores could learn to be leaders in the Corps of Cadets, first they had to learn to be followers.

That journey, which began on Matriculation Day in the middle of August, finally came to an end Friday, March 25 — when they were recognized by their peers.

After completing the Gauntlet, a series of grueling, physical exercises, a run through campus and their class set, 100 pushups plus the number of their class year — 125 for the Class of 2025 — Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Kathryn Christmas announced the end of the fourth-class system.

The day after being recognized, the freshmen cadets formed up on campus, left through Lesesne Gate as a group and marched to Marion Square, the site of the original Citadel campus, where they renewed their cadet oath.

The march, which is traditionally an important milestone in the life of a cadet, held an even greater significance this year — due to previous COVID restrictions, this was the first time since 2019 that the march was possible.

Each year, Recognition Day is scheduled to coincide with the campus’s Corps Day celebrations. This year, The Citadel marked the 179th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Corps Day events included open barracks and pipe band performances, a Summerall Guard performance and a Jeep review parade.

Throughout the rest of their freshman year, the newly recognized cadets will be preparing to become leaders — and to train the next generation — when they return for their sophomore year.

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Photo: Cadets marching to Marion Square during Corps Day weekend in 2019.

Cadets in the Class of 2025 are just hours away from being officially recognized as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

After two years of modifications due to the pandemic, this year’s Recognition Day will look as it has in years past, including the iconic march to Marion Square.

On Friday, March 25, cadets will leave their battalions as knobs for the final time and begin the Gauntlet, a series of grueling, physical exercises. After that, the cadets will group up for a run through campus and then return to their barracks, where they will complete a “class set” — 125 pushups — before being officially recognized by the upperclassmen.

The following day, the cadets will make their iconic March to Marion Square where they will renew their cadet oath while facing the building that served as The Citadel’s first campus. In 1922, The Citadel relocated to the current campus on the Ashley River.

Cadets in Marion Square, preparing to renew their oath, in 2019.

Recognition Day is one of the most important events for a cadet. It means the end of the fourth-class system and the months of rules and restrictions that accompany it. Being recognized is the culmination of their knob year, and it is the first major step as they progress through The Citadel’s four-year system of developing principled leaders.

It’s also part of one of The Citadel’s most important celebrations — Corps Day, the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. This year marks the 179th anniversary of the beginning of the Corps.

Corps Day events include:

  • Open barracks and pipe band performances, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Summerall Guard performance, 9 a.m.
  • Jeep review parade, 10:30 a.m.
  • March to Marion Square, 2:20 – 3 p.m.
  • Oath Renewal in Marion Square, 3 p.m.

For the media

Most events on Friday and Saturday are open to the media with advance notice. Please contact Zach Watson by email at zwatson2@citadel.edu or phone at 843-814-9410 if you’d like to attend.

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The Class of 2025 reports to campus https://today.citadel.edu/the-class-of-2025-reports-to-campus/ Mon, 16 Aug 2021 19:53:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25840 The Citadel is welcoming the nearly 700 cadet-recruits who comprise the Class of 2025, coming to campus from 39 states and 10 countries.]]>

The Citadel is welcoming the nearly 700 cadet-recruits who comprise the Class of 2025.

Starting at 7 a.m., the new cadet-recruits began their Citadel journey, coming to campus from 39 states and 10 countries.

After receiving their room assignments and physical training uniforms, the cadet-recruits visited Mark Clark Hall, where they got haircuts, their mailbox keys and were fitted for dress uniforms. They also visited the cadet store to get necessary equipment.

Throughout the day, they began to learn important facts about The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, as well as how to march.

“When I arrived at my Matriculation Day, I was shaky, I was nervous, I was overwhelmed — I just didn’t know what was going to happen. So I tried to go into it with an open mind,” said Cadet Kathryn Christmas, Regimental Commander for the Corps of Cadets. “I always tried to look forward to the next small thing and gain little victories before I could finish the whole thing.”

Before the start of classes on August 25, the knobs will complete Challenge Week — when they are introduced to the Fourth-Class System and receive rapid military training, learning how to wear their uniforms, drill, clean their rooms and barracks, and become familiar with the campus.

Additionally, on Monday at 5:30 p.m., the knobs will stand, as a class, on Summerall Field and take an oath pledging to abide by the college’s core values of honor, duty and respect as future members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

The freshmen Oath Ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook.

The remainder of the upperclassmen cadets will return to campus by August 22.

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“The Fourth-Class System is no longer in effect.” https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-advances-recognition-day-amid-covid-19-uncertainty/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-advances-recognition-day-amid-covid-19-uncertainty/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:26:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14625 "The Fourth-Class System is no longer in effect." On Friday, March 13, those words echoed off the walls of all five battalions on The Citadel's campus.]]>

On Friday, March 13, those words echoed off the walls of all five battalions on The Citadel campus.

One hour before sunrise, The Citadel Class of 2023 was officially recognized as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Recognition Day is one of the most important events in the life of a cadet; it’s when freshmen cadet recruits officially become cadets following months of training, after matriculating in August. Recognition Day 2020 was held two weeks early due to the dynamic situation involving COVID-19.

Recognition Day means the end for rigid formations, walking in single file at breakneck speed and the highly-regimented way of life that is The Citadel’s Fourth-Class System. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in The Citadel’s leadership development process. After hours of grueling physical work followed by a spirit run, cadets are called onto the checkered floor of their barracks where, after more push-ups, they listen in silent exhaustion for a message from their Regimental Commander.

The decision to move Recognition Day was made to ensure that the Class of 2023 is properly recognized, in the event of a possible campus closure later in the semester.

“I think actually seeing it come to life — it added a different flavor that none of us got to experience,” said Richard Snyder, the Regimental Commander of the Corps of Cadets. “And the privacy of doing it with just the cadets, because there are very few things on this campus that are really just the cadets, so it made for a much more family atmosphere — just getting to do it with your peers and do it with the people who trained you the entire year. It wasn’t a big production; it was making the most of the time you got with everyone.”

While there are currently no plans for The Citadel’s campus to close after Spring Break, the possibility alone made it imperative to ensure the Class of 2023 had their Recognition Day experience.

“The world’s really in a crisis situation right now,” continued Snyder. “This event is more important than our graduation, I think, because this would affect the next four years of the institution.”

Apart from the Gauntlet, all other planned March activities have been canceled due to COVID-19.

“I think as leaders you have to take the things you don’t necessarily like and make the most of it,” said Snyder. “And I think we did that as a class and did that as an institution.”

“I think it’s a good life lesson — that you never know when things are going to get cut short or you never know when you’re not going to get the time you wanted,” Snyder added. “And so it’s totally applicable to life to make the most of the time you get because you don’t know when you’ll run out.”

Regimental Commander Richard Snyder’s address to the Class of 2023

Members of the Class of 2023,

I want all of you to take a moment. Take a moment and feel the chills from the bagpipes…Feel the knot unwind from your stomach…and remember what it felt like to be enveloped by the dark and know that you have now overcome it.

I hope this moment sticks with you forever — because this is where you honor the commitment you made to yourself some time ago. You finished what you started.

I know yesterday many of you were upset you felt like things were cut short, but I’ll tell you that your recognition is not earned in your final week as a knob. It is earned every single day.

Being under the rigors of the 4th class system is a privilege — your days in it are limited — and it is up to you to embrace its discipline with the time you have. If you did it right — you have no reason to feel cheated.

I’ve referred to this institution as a mountain and to knob year as the start of your climb. But the truth is, life is a mountain and you never reach the peak or stop climbing.

By coming to this institution, you have aligned yourself with a different breed and begun to show your potential, but it is once again now up to you. From here on out you will no longer have the privilege of a 4th class system to hold you to a standard.

You must take the humility from standing on line everyday and walking in the gutter that has freed you from arrogance, you must take the minute-by-minute discipline that has freed you from laziness, and must take the honor that has freed you from dishonesty.

It is now up to you to take what you have learned and see just how high you can climb.

Never shy away from your pain because it has a purpose, seek the struggle so one day you will be strong, and wake up every day believing your goal is nine months away. One day you might just wake up and realize that it wasn’t so far away. Today is that day.

While this is only the beginning of your climb — never fail to stop and take a moment to appreciate the view — to appreciate those around you and relish in how far you have come.

Now — there is only one thing left — never stop climbing.

Members of the Class of 2023…the 4th class system…is no longer in effect.


For information and updated actions being taken by The Citadel related to COVID-19, click here.

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Upcoming News from The Citadel – March 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/upcoming-news-from-the-citadel-march-2020/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 22:21:21 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14030 A look at some of the events happening in and around The Citadel’s campus, including the Symposium on Southern Politics, Corps Day, Recognition Day and more.]]>

Massing of the Colors

Sunday, March 1
3 p.m.
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to the public

On the first Sunday of the month at 3 p.m., the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) will hold the Massing of the Colors in Summerall Chapel, on The Citadel’s campus.

It’s a patriotic ceremony, held to help attendees rededicate themselves to their faith in the colors of the United States and other participating organizations, as well as to pay tribute to the service personnel those colors represent.

MOWW chapters conduct Massing of the Colors throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These ceremonies usually involve color guard units from a variety of military, public and private institutions.

The Society of the Massing of the Colors first held a patriotic ceremony on Armistice Day in 1922. MOWW inherited the responsibility for conducting this event across the country in 1927 when the original sponsoring Society faded away.

The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics

Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel campus
$50-$100 registration, open to the public

Just in time for election season, the Department of Political Science will host The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. It’s the largest and most comprehensive conference for the presentation and discussion of scholarly research on the contemporary politics of a specific region in the country.

The election roundtable discussion from The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics 2018

The symposium will span two days; it will start on Thursday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and last until Friday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The panel discussions will be held in the Greater Issues Room and Room 228 in Mark Clark Hall, on The Citadel’s campus.

Topics include:

  • Race, Gender, and Society in the South
  • Realignment in Southern States
  • The South in Congress
  • State Elections
  • Contemporary Issues in Southern Politics
  • Environmental, Economic, and Religion in the South
  • Partisanship and Migration in the South
  • Public Policy
  • Regionalism and Voting Behavior
  • Southern Elections in the 2010s
  • Roundtable on the 2020 Elections

The Symposium has been held biennially, in even-numbered years, on the campus of The Citadel since 1978. Since the first conference, political scholars from around the world have presented research relevant to political trends in the southern United States.

Registration is $100 for faculty and $50 for undergraduate or graduate students. Registration includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. For more information on the symposium click here.

Public lecture: “Murderous Daughters as ‘Exemplary Women’: Filial Piety, Revenge, and Heroism in Early Modern and Modern Japan”

Thursday, March 5
6:45 – 8 p.m.
101 Duckett Hall, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

On Thursday, March 5, at 6:45 p.m., Professor Marcia Yonemoto of the University of Colorado, Boulder, will present a public lecture entitled “Murderous Daughters as ‘Exemplary Women’: Filial Piety, Revenge, and Heroism in Early Modern and Modern Japan.”

Professor Yonemoto is one of America’s leading authorities on Tokugawa early modern Japan. She is the author of Mapping Early Modern Japan: Space, Place, and Culture in the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868), The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan, and the co-editor of What is a Family: Answers from Early Modern Japan.

The Citadel Cadet Chorale spring tour

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8
Various times and locations
Free, open to the public

The Citadel Cadet Chorale is an auditioned choral ensemble, and is comprised of 18 cadets who come from a variety of backgrounds and areas of study.

The Citadel Cadet Chorale after a Feb. 2020 performance

Their spring 2020 tour will include something for everyone to enjoy, including: Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” and audience favorites “Down In The River To Pray” and “The Prayer.”

The Citadel Cadet Chorale’s tour will include:

For more information on The Citadel Cadet Chorale, click here.

Biloxi Blues performance directed by noted film coach and Citadel alumnus, Bob Luke

Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21
7:30 p.m.
Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel campus
Ticket prices vary, open to the public

Directed by acclaimed on-set Hollywood film coach Bob Luke, Citadel Class of 1976, Biloxi Blues is a full-scale production of South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBTC) in partnership with The Citadel Fine Arts Program

In this adaptation of Neil Simon’s classic coming-of-age play, Biloxi Blues tells the story of young Army recruit Eugene Morris Jerome as he travels from Brooklyn to Biloxi, Mississippi for boot camp during World War II.  On his quest to find love, achieve fame and attain his manhood, Eugene is joined by a diverse band of questionably-talented recruits, an old-school drill instructor, an enterprising prostitute and a local sweetheart. 

General admission tickets are $30; student tickets are $20.

In addition, to launch the partnership with SOBTC, Citadel president Gen. and Mrs. Walters will host an opening night VIP reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20 at Quarters One, their campus home. Director Bob Luke and alumni cast members from the 1988 Citadel production of Biloxi Blues will be among the honored guests. The $50 ticket includes the reception and reserved seating at the show that night.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Gold Star Journal Academic Conference

Tuesday, March 24
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the media

The Citadel’s premier scholarly publication, the Gold Star Journal, will celebrate its fifth anniversary conference on Tuesday, March 24.

Editors of the 2019-2020 Gold Star Journal, with advisor Suzanne Mabrouk, Ph.D.

The conference will include dinner, presentations, awards, a journal signing and cake cutting. Free copies of the journal will be available for signing.

The featured speakers will be the published authors from the 2020 Gold Star Journal. Papers published in this year’s edition include:

  • “Wisdom of the Crowd at The Citadel,” by Matthew Blair, Mathematics and Computer Science major
  • “Defining the Gap between Reality and the Fantastic in E.T.A. Hoffman’s Romantic Literature,” by Kennedy Fravel, Biology major
  • “Antarctica:  Continued Cooperation?” by Grant Speer, Political Science major
  • “Ethics of Artificial Intelligence,” by Elizabeth Spoehel, Mathematics and Computer Science major
  • “American Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century,” by Luke Timmerman, Mechanical Engineering major
  • “Human Trafficking: A Major Issue for the US,” by Mark Vowels, Intelligence and Security Studies major
  • “Identifying the Impacts due to the Correlation between Charleston’s Crime Rate and Gentrification,” by Harrison Wedgeworth, English and French major

Renowned nonfiction author Jason Ryan will also be a featured speaker. He will discuss the thrills of investigatory research, the importance of narrative storytelling and the crucial roles several Citadel alumni played in South Carolina’s famous drug smuggling case, Operation Jackpot.

Ryan is the author of:

The Friends of the Daniel Library and The Gold Star Journal are co-sponsoring this event. This year’s edition features eight cross-disciplinary papers written by some of The Citadel’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students, with many photographs taken by students.

Members of The Citadel community can register here.

13th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium: Leadership in a Divided World

March 25 – 27
The Citadel campus
Registration required; open to the media

The Principled Leadership Symposium brings together the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Citadel graduate students and around 70 college student delegates from regional institutions, senior military colleges and the federal service academies. Faculty, alumni and special guests will also attend.

Principled Leadership Symposium 2019

The symposium, planned by the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics features leadership learning opportunities through distinguished leader panels presented by The Citadel’s five schools, presentations by notable speakers, and high-impact presentations by cadets and students on their research, civic engagement, and international education experiences.

For more information on the speakers, or to registration for the event, click here.

The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards Banquet

Thursday, March 26
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
$100 per ticket, open to media

The Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics is hosting the 13th Annual Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards Banquet on March 26 at Trident Technical College. The banquet honors the academic accomplishments of exceptional cadets and students, outstanding faculty and distinguished alumni.

Alumni and faculty to be honored at this year’s banquet will include:

CASM Distinguished Alumni Award:

Distinguished Faculty Award:

Early Career Faculty Award:

The goal of The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics is to foster an enhanced awareness of the science and mathematics mission of The Citadel and pride in the work undertaken by cadets, students and faculty.

Tickets to the banquet, which includes dinner and an open bar, are $100 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Corps Day and Recognition Day

Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28
The Citadel campus and Marion Square
Select events are open to the public

Celebrations for the 177th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and Recognition Day will be held on the same weekend again this year. 

Recognition Day is when freshmen cadet candidates are officially recognized as members of the Corps of Cadets after months of rigorous training exercises.

Cadets participating in the Gauntlet during Recognition Day 2019

That process begins with what is known as The Gauntlet on Friday, March 27, and culminates with a march to Marion Square and the iconic Freshmen Oath Renewal Ceremony on Saturday, March 28. It is one of the most important events in the life of a cadet.

Corps Day is the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

2020 Math Jeopardy

Tuesday, March 31
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Grimsley 117, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

It’s just like the TV show “Jeopardy!” except all the clues are math problems.

The Citadel Math Jeopardy contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 in 117 Grimsley Hall, on the college’s campus. Topics for the contest include things like “Astounding Areas,” “Dazzling Derivatives,” “Approachable Limits” and more.

The competition will be broken down into two separate rounds, with an awards ceremony after the competition.

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The leadership symposium, Corps Day and Recognition Day come together in one momentous March weekend

Every spring, three of the most important events at The Citadel all happen in the same weekend. The 12th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium, Corps Day and Recognition day for The Citadel Class of 2022 will all take place March 27 – 30.

12th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium: Empowering Others and Building Bridges
March 27 – 29

Click to view slideshow.

The Principled Leadership Symposium brings together the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Citadel graduate students, around 70 college student delegates from regional institutions of higher learning, senior military colleges and the federal service academies, faculty, staff, alumni and other special guests. The symposium will run from Wed., March 27 – Fri. March 29. The 2019 theme is Empowering Others and Building Bridges.

The symposium, planned by the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics features leadership learning opportunities through distinguished leader panels presented by The Citadel’s five schools, presentations by notable speakers, and high-impact presentations by cadets and students on their research, civic engagement, and international education experiences.

Speakers this year include:

  • John Tecklenburg, mayor of The City of Charleston
  • Michael B. Moore, president and CEO of the International African American Museum
  • Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Britt Slabinski, U.S. Navy (Retired), Medal of Honor recipient
  • Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben , U.S. Navy (Retired), 26th chief of chaplains
  • Brian Hicks, columnist and author of In Darkest Carolina, the story of Judge Waits Waring and the effort to desegregate public schools in America

Registration for the symposium can be found by clicking here.

Corps Day and Recognition Day:
March 29 – 30

Celebrations for the 176th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will coincide with the same weekend as Recognition Day, when freshmen cadet candidates are officially recognized as members of the Corps of Cadets after meticulous training exercises. That process begins with what is known as The Gauntlet and culminates with a march to Marion Square and the iconic Freshmen Oath Renewal Ceremony.

Corps Day is one of the most highly attended events at the college and Recognition Day is one of the most important events in the life of a cadet. This year, Recognition Day will actually be separated into two days.

Events include:

Friday

5:15 p.m. The Gauntlet begins Summerall Field Open to Citadel community and media
6:30 p.m. Victory lap, recognition, battalion cookouts Campus, barracks Closed to public, open to media by request in advance

Saturday

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Open barracks, pipe band performs in each barracks All five barracks Open to public and media
8:30 – 9 a.m. The Citadel Rifle Legion performance Summerall Field Open to public and media
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Summerall guards perform, exchange of rifles, presentation of Anthony Griffin Sword and Club Award Summerall Field Open to public and media
11 a.m. Citadel Dress Parade, Palmetto Medals Presentation Summerall Field Open to public and media
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Recognition Lunch with special guests Coward Hall Closed to public and media
2:30 p.m. March to Marion Square Downtown Charleston Open to public and media
2:45 p.m. The Citadel Story performed by the Regimental Band Marion Square Open to public and media
3:00 p.m. Class of 2022 Oath Renewal, includes Washington Light Infantry Key Exchange Marion Square / “Citadel Green” Open to public and media

Sunday Religious Services
March 31

Summerall Guard Exchange Rifles
Summerall Guard Exchange Rifles

The Recognition Day activities conclude Sunday, with a variety of optional religious services for cadets and their visitors, both on and off campus. For a complete list of options and contact information, click here.

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