The Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:08:08 +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 The Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 A message from Sally Selden, Ph.D., provost of The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/a-message-from-sally-selden-ph-d-provost-of-the-citadel/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 23:49:38 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17120 "We are shifting our schedule by one week in order to offer our entire semester of classes on campus while still ending classes before Thanksgiving."]]>

Dear Citadel Community,

We discussed our Fall Reopening Plan for the campus with the Board of Visitors late this afternoon, and I am writing to share information about how our calendar will be adjusted for Fall semester.

We are shifting our schedule by one week in order to offer our entire semester of classes on campus while still being able to end classes before Thanksgiving.

We will be starting classes for the Corps of Cadets on Wednesday, August 19 — one week earlier than we had planned. This means that matriculation for the Class of 2024 will move to Saturday, August 8, and that cadre will return one week earlier than that, on August 1.

The last day of classes for the Corps will be November 24, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Rather than returning to campus after Thanksgiving furlough, we will hold final exams remotely. The last day of exams will be December 9.

The schedule for CGC classes has shifted in a similar fashion. The start for the Evening Undergraduate, Graduate, and Online classes has moved to August 19. Classes in the first eight week session in CGC will begin on Monday, August 24.

Shifting our calendar this significantly this close to the start of the semester was not a decision we took lightly. We considered a number of other options for fall, but this course of action seems the best way to fulfill the mission of The Citadel while protecting the health and safety of our cadets, students, faculty, and staff.

We want to thank all of you for the ways you have already adapted to the many personal and professional challenges the pandemic has created. I continue to be inspired by you and to be grateful for your dedication, flexibility and patience.

With all the best wishes for your continued health and safety, 

Sally Selden

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Save the date: Get the information you need for Operation Fall Return 2020 from Citadel leadership https://today.citadel.edu/save-the-date-get-the-information-you-need-for-operation-fall-return-2020-from-citadel-leadership/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:00:06 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17062 All efforts are focused on setting conditions for cadets and students to return to an adapted face-to-face instruction and training model.]]>

All efforts at The Citadel are focused on Operation Fall Return 2020: setting conditions for cadets and students to return to an adapted face-to-face instruction and training model for the fall semester. This includes expansive and ongoing sanitation of campus facilities by an expert contractor, restructuring instructional settings for social distancing, and changing the flow of seating in the mess hall, to name a few examples.

“Having discussed our plans with many cadets, students, parents and alumni, I understand our community wants to return to campus and partake in the transformational academic and leadership development experience for which we are renowned. The time-tested value of The Citadel experience pays tremendous dividends, and we are committed to delivering it in as close to our traditional way as possible,” said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), in an email to campus constituents.

Save the date for your Town Hall to learn more about Operation Fall Return 2020

Walters, with other campus leadership, will provide detailed information about Operation Fall Return 2020 during the following remote Town Hall meetings. Please only join the specific meeting that pertains to you, due to the limited Zoom capacity (750 slots per event).

Citadel Alumni Fall Return Town Hall

Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

https://citadelonline.zoom.us/j/92337008067?pwd=Y01yYmVndTFoR1BXUHI2THArR2RPQT09

Citadel Parents and Students Fall Return Town Hall

Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

https://citadelonline.zoom.us/j/95197797125?pwd=YTVnQWNoaktwSFpNbEJadjY5enNjdz09

Citadel Class of 2024 Fall Return Town Hall

Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

https://citadelonline.zoom.us/j/98449029652?pwd=TU4wb0FZUTVEMEFNZzBmQ3JnZUxxQT09

“Operating in a COVID-19 environment requires commitment by every member of our community to many new health protection measures. Your well-being is, and will remain, our primary consideration,” said Walters. “I believe The Citadel’s distinctive environment will help us stand out from other institutions in combatting this virus and maintaining our unique methods of education and leadership development. It will take sustained commitment from us all to make it work, and I have high confidence we can overcome the challenge.”

Information supporting Operation Fall Return, can be found on this webpage. Check the website regularly for updates, to provide feedback, or to ask questions. 

Three lines of effort

The mission encompasses three lines of effort: 

  1. Return to work and set conditions for the return of cadets and students.
    Enables detailed plans for our employees to return to work and for the implementation of thorough cleaning and personal hygiene protocols. We have invested in masks, COVID-19 testing capability, sanitization supplies and equipment to facilitate these efforts.
  2. Prepare for academic instruction and cadet training.
    The Citadel shall employ technology to reduce student density in classrooms by splitting class sections. This also enables cadets or students who test positive, but are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, to continue coursework remotely. The Citadel’s experience hosting Marine Corps recruits over the summer guided the Commandant’s plans for cadet and knob training. Some activities will be canceled, some modified to maintain social distancing, and some will continue as normal or with adjustments.
  3. Keep stakeholders informed and engaged.
    In addition to the Operation Fall Return 2020 website, the college will provide news updates and engagement opportunities via teleconference technology and social media, such as the Town Hall meetings listed above.

“We are excited about the return of our cadets and students,” Walters continued. “Our success relies on you. Every member of our Citadel family must do their part. Please let us know how we are doing in getting you the information you need.”

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New honors for the Swain Department of Nursing https://today.citadel.edu/new-honors-for-the-swain-department-of-nursing/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:58:47 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17042 Swain Department of Nursing at The Citadel stethoscopeSwain Department of Nursing at The Citadel stethoscopeThe Citadel's nursing program is being recognized for its excellence by being invited to join the premier nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau.]]> Swain Department of Nursing at The Citadel stethoscopeSwain Department of Nursing at The Citadel stethoscope

The Citadel’s Swain Department of Nursing is being recognized for its excellence by being invited to join the premier nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau.

The organization, dedicated to developing nurse leaders and improving healthcare, accepts nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in the field.

“This is a huge and important step for our program and our students and graduates,” said Amelia Joseph, Ph.D., nurse administrator for the Swain Department of Nursing. “It’s a recognition of our outstanding students; an invitation to join Sigma Theta Tau is an immense honor that is limited to the best and the brightest.”

Graduates and rising-senior students who meet the qualifications will be inducted into the honor society.

The Citadel will be joining the Medical University of South Carolina and Charleston Southern University as a member of the Gamma Omicron-at-Large Chapter, based here in the Charleston area. The formal chartering ceremony date is still being determined, with the goal of being held in the fall.

The Citadel offers cadets and veteran students a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing, while an evening completion program is offered for students who have completed the required general education and prerequisite courses at another institution. The Citadel offers the only evening bachelor of science in nursing program in the Lowcountry.

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Back on campus: it is our duty to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 https://today.citadel.edu/back-on-campus-it-is-our-duty-to-protect-ourselves-and-others-from-covid-19/ Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:02:36 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17029 Operation Fall Return 2020 sets conditions for cadets and students to return to an adapted face-to-face instruction and training model.]]>

Photo: Citadel President General Glenn M. Walters ’79, USMC (Ret.) helps lay out masks for Facilities and Engineering employees at The Tailor Shop in April 2020

Operation Fall Return is underway. This mission sets conditions for cadets and students to return to an adapted face-to-face instruction and training model. The model is designed to protect the health and safety of our community while providing the impactful education and leadership development experience for which The Citadel is renowned.

But it is going to take the commitment of every person on campus to be sustainable.

Our campus community is well-suited to implementing COVID-19 protection and prevention measures. It is in challenging environments like this one that The Citadel’s structured, disciplined approach pays off. It is the duty of every member of our campus community to follow these measures to protect the health and safety of our community. Remember that we are protecting each other and our ability to operate the college safely — the personification of our Respect core value.

As the pandemic continues across America, many want to know if returning to campus is safe. The answer is yes, with the participation of every person following the right behaviors. Keeping students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy remains the top priority of the college.

There is risk, but it is a manageable risk when each of us understands it is our duty to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. How everyone behaves in each stage will impact the reopening, and sustained functioning of our campus.

What is expected on campus

We have used expert medical advice to develop precautions prior to returning to campus and while on campus. We need everyone to follow these measures throughout the semester to protect everyone and our ability to operate in person.

This is what is required of every person entering campus:

  • Testing. Diagnostic testing is required for all cadets and students prior to returning. Proof of a negative test, taken at least two weeks prior to the return date will be required upon re-entry with detailed instructions to come.
  • Faculty and staff must sign attestation. This is a document required to be signed by all employees prior to returning to work on campus, attesting that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to someone with the virus.
  • Wearing a face covering. At a minimum, face coverings are required in public areas including classrooms, the library, fitness centers, shared hallways, all dining facilities, the bookstore, the Marketplace, barracks quads, the Veterans Center, office lobbies, etc. The nation’s top medical professionals agree that this is the number one measure in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The City of Charleston also requires facemasks be worn in any indoor location.
  • Stringent personal hygiene. Washing hands with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds, frequently throughout the day, is an essential behavior to fight infectious diseases, whether it is COVID, the flu or the common cold.
  • Physical distancing. Whenever possible, people should be spaced 6 feet apart. This applies during cadet formations (just has the Marines did over the summer while using our campus), when in meetings or in almost every instance where people are interacting on campus. Roommates in the barracks will be in close quarters but should stay as far apart as the room allows. We must especially adhere to this in areas where we are most vulnerable to the risk of transmitting and contracting the virus such as while eating, when masks cannot be worn.
  • Contact tracing. When a person on campus tests positive for the virus, contact tracing will be employed to determine who that person was in close contact with, and measures will be taken according to the guidance provided by state health officials.
  • Self-reporting. Any cadets experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should distance themselves from others and report to the Infirmary. Any CGC students or employees with symptoms should stay home, or go home, call their department head or supervisor, and seek a COVID-19 test from one of the many facilities around the city. Those with positive tests will need to quarantine for a minimum of two weeks and should not integrate back into their campus activities until receiving a negative follow up test. Cadets and students will be able to continue their academic requirements remotely should it be needed.

This fall will be unlike any other and we want it to be as productive as possible. Remembering that it is your duty to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, and following these measures will go a long way toward keeping our campus open.

More detailed instructions will be available on the Operation Fall Return 2020 website, in addition to ongoing communications from the Commandant’s Office directly to cadets and parents, and from the CGC to its students.

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From Carolina to Colorado; The Citadel helps students complete their business degrees in seven states https://today.citadel.edu/from-carolina-to-colorado-the-citadel-helps-students-complete-their-business-degrees-in-seven-states/ Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:38:37 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16983 The BSB finalized agreements with five additional two-year schools — adding to the 27 partner-institutions that the school announced in 2019. ]]>

Two-year transfer students can complete business degrees from their hometowns, online

The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business (BSB) at The Citadel is expanding its ability to help even more students from two-year schools earn a full Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

The BSB finalized agreements with five additional two-year schools — adding to the 27 partner-institutions that the school announced in 2019.

The agreements enable students at the partner schools who are completing Associate in Applied Science (AAS) business degrees to be automatically accepted into the BSB at The Citadel. In addition, community and technical college graduates who are already holding an AAS in business can seamlessly transfer all credits to The Citadel.

Eligible students then complete their education and finish with a degree from The Citadel, which has one of the top-ranked, online and part-time business programs in the country. More than 100 transfer students are already studying in the BSB since the first round of agreements were finalized.

Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D., Jeremy Bennet, director of the business degree completion program at The Citadel
Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D.

“The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is excited to offer even more students, from even more parts of the country, the opportunity to seamlessly transfer their two-year degree into a four-year business degree from The Citadel,” said Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D., director of the college transfer program for the BSB. “It’s especially important to provide opportunities like this during the COVID-19 pandemic, since it offers students a chance to complete their degrees online, in their hometowns, without losing credit hours or money in through the normal transfer processes.”

This program is part of the College Transfer Program, which provides students with non-cadet, civilian classes. Students also have the option to choose between studying online, on campus, or both. Though the BSB has offered online education for years, the program — as well as those for the entire college — has been strengthened since the emergency transition to all remote learning in Spring 2020.

“At Tri-County, we create educational pathways that improve the economic mobility of the people living in our communities,” said Galen DeHay, Ph.D., president of Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina. “By partnering with The Citadel, we can help ensure our students have more opportunities to further their education, and earn a bachelor’s degree, which leads to a family-sustaining wage.”

The five new schools partnered with The Citadel are:

  • Piedmont Technical College – Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Pikes Peak Community College – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Spartanburg Community College – Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Tri-County Technical College – Pendleton, South Carolina
  • Virginia Western Community College – Roanoke, Virginia

“Most of these institutions reached out themselves to establish the partnerships, after learning about our initial agreements,” said Bennett. “The Citadel will also consider working with students from technical and community colleges in other areas across the nation for this educational opportunity.”

Baker School of Business partnerships

The full list of two-year colleges that have signed agreements with The Citadel includes:

South Carolina

Aiken Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Tri-County Technical College
Trident Technical College
Williamsburg Technical College

Georgia

Albany Technical College
Atlanta Technical College
Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Military College
Gwinnett Technical College
Lanier Technical College
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
South Georgia Technical College

North Carolina

Beaufort County Community College
Carteret Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Isothermal Community College
Richmond Community College
Sampson Community College

Virginia

Danville Community College
Germanna Community College
Virginia Western Community College

West Virginia

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
BridgeValley Community and Technical College

Alabama

Calhoun Community College

Colorado

Pikes Peak Community College

For more information, or to apply, please visit The Citadel’s BSBA degree completion website.

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Forbes recognizes Mount Pleasant’s Carolyn Hash, CGC alumna, as a top wealth advisor https://today.citadel.edu/forbes-recognizes-mount-pleasants-carolyn-hash-cgc-alumna-as-a-top-wealth-advisor/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:39:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16747 Carolyn Hash proudly holds a degree from the University of South Carolina and an Master of Business Administration from the Citadel.]]>

As seen in the Moultrie News

Mount Pleasant resident Carolyn Hash, senior vice president of Investments for Bridgeside Investment Group, was recently named one of the Top Women Wealth Advisors in the nation by Forbes. She joins a number of other Raymond James-affiliated advisors who also recently received this distinction.

The much anticipated 2020 Forbes/SHOOK Top Women Wealth Advisors list is comprised of the country’s premier performing women advisors. The list, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on both in-person and telephone due diligence meetings that measure critical factors including quality of practice, industry experience, compliance record, assets under management and revenue.

Hash is a long respected Certified Financial Planner (CFP) as well as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). She proudly holds a degree from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the Citadel. She has been committed to helping her clients make sound financial decisions for over three decades. In 2011 Hash, along with her now-retired partner Roy Seay, brought their practice to Raymond James. 

“Although I measure my success most through the satisfaction of the great women, men and families that I am privileged to serve, it is very gratifying to earn recognition on this respected list. I certainly never take for granted that I get to do what I love,” Hash explained. “It is even more satisfying now working, side by side, with my daughter, Lauren Liles, who joined our firm in 2018.”

“With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Carolyn is an experienced advisor who has continued to grow her business by truly putting her clients first,” said Tash Elwyn, president and CEO of Raymond James & Associates. “It is my distinct pleasure to congratulate her on this prestigious and well-deserved recognition. We’re very grateful to have her a part of the Raymond James family.”

View the 2020 Forbes/SHOOK Top Women Wealth Advisors list at forbes.com/top-women-advisors. For more information about Bridgeside Investment Group of Raymond James and Associates, headquartered in Mount Pleasant visit bridgesideinvestmentgroup.com.

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Future teachers from the Zucker Family School of Education are good to go https://today.citadel.edu/future-teachers-from-the-zucker-family-school-of-education-are-good-to-go/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:24:18 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16674 Photo: Capers Hall, where the Zucker Family School of Education is housed Meet members of the Class of 2020 who will use their educations to teach others The Zucker Family School of]]>

Photo: Capers Hall, where the Zucker Family School of Education is housed

Meet members of the Class of 2020 who will use their educations to teach others

The Zucker Family School of Education cultivates undergraduate and graduate students into principled educational leaders capable of, and committed to, transforming schools into learning communities where all children and youth succeed. With a focus toward learner-centered education, graduates from The Citadel’s education programs are effective in educating a diverse learner population to high academic standards.

The Citadel’s Master of Education is one of the most popular graduate programs offered. In fact, the second most popular degree for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020 was a Master of Education.

Meet some of the new Zucker Family School of Education graduates who will contribute to the futures of students around the Lowcountry and beyond.

Nicole Bossak

Degree: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Hometown: Beaufort, South Carolina
Destination: Continue work as a school counselor for Beaufort County School District, and planning to seek a doctoral degree and further her career as a future administrator.

“The Beaufort Lead II Cohort was personalized and tailored to fit our needs as students. We had the best teachers guide ups to completion of our degrees!”

Maelda Chalk

Degree: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Destination: Continue work at Beaufort County School District, with the goal of becoming the district’s first female Hispanic principal.

“The best reason is the quality of education and the consistency of rigorous instruction and discipline. My Citadel professors were highly trained in their field of study and provided me the highest standards of instruction. They cared about me, and supported and challenged me so that I could tap into my strength and achieve academic success.”

Collin Martin

Degree: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University

“I’ll be conducting research on RNA/Protein Synthesis and drug therapies. The Citadel has trememdous professors in the Zucker School of Education (thank you Dr. Dague, Dr. Graham, and Mrs. Wiseman), and a unique campus experience.”

Mark Watson

Degree: Master of Education in Literacy Education
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Destination: Continue teaching at Berkeley Middle School while considering more postgraduate education

“I endeavor to help students intrinsically love reading and become critical thinkers. I will accomplish this goal by improving my teaching methods and collaborating in our professional learning communities as much as possible, continuing to try out best practices. I hope to continue in education, wherever my destiny has me go to support the upcoming generations.”

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Words of encouragement from Rev. Karen Lewis Crawford, a Citadel alumna minister https://today.citadel.edu/words-of-encouragement-from-rev-karen-lewis-crawford-a-citadel-alumna-minister/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:00:13 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16685 Rev. Karen Lewis Crawford, CGC Class of 2004, became the first African American woman ordained in the South Carolina Wesleyan Church last fall.]]>

Note: Rev. Karen Lewis Crawford, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2004, became the first African American woman ordained in the South Carolina Wesleyan Church last fall.


This past week has been unlike any I have ever witnessed in American history. 

I witnessed the death of an African American brother whose last words were “I can’t breathe.” 

Breathing is one of those abilities that God has given to us that we have taken for granted—at times. It is beautiful to breathe fresh air or the smell of a beautiful gardenia. If we think about it for a minute, breathing is a fundamental right. 

As I watched the evening news, I saw people respond through protest that a man lost his life because his right to breathe was taken from him. I also watched my husband be dismayed, hurt, and angered by the sight of George Floyd’s death.

My husband, who now feels that something so basic, God-given, could be taken away from him because he is black. I felt a spiritual heaviness in my heart as I watched my husband grieve for a man he didn’t know, and I, as a wife and pastor, grieved for both men—the one who is alive and the one who is dead.

I told a friend, if the heaviness that I felt this week is anything like how Jesus felt on the cross, then I understand the burden of sin that He carried as He was hung high. Just as Jesus had died, he also rose. The resurrection and ascension of Christ are our reminders that there is hope. 

We may not see hope in the burning rubble of a convenient store, but there is still hope. We may not see hope in angry protests, but there is hope. We may not see hope in death, but there is. In Acts 1:9-10, as Jesus ascended into heaven, this is what occurred: “They (apostles) were looking intently up into the sky as he was going.” We must continue to look up to Christ. He is our glorious example of hope, love, and peace in these troubling times.

Rev. Karen Lewis Crawford, M.A.Ed., Citadel Graduate College Class of 2004

Karen Crawford at her ordination with Rev. Dr. Wayne Schmidt, General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church
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At 91, Citadel’s first woman graduate celebrates 50th commencement anniversary https://today.citadel.edu/at-91-citadels-first-woman-graduate-celebrates-50th-commencement-anniversary/ Fri, 29 May 2020 14:45:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16580 Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970The first woman to graduate from The Citadel walked the stage to accept her diploma for a master’s degree, 50 years ago, on May 29, 1970.]]> Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970

Maxine Hudson among the first nine to graduate from The Citadel Graduate College in 1970

The first woman to graduate from The Citadel walked the stage to accept her diploma for a master’s degree, 50 years ago, on May 30, 1970.

At commencement they didn’t know what to do with this bunch of women. We were sort of like aliens.

Maxine Hudson, Citadel Graduate College Class of 1970, first woman to graduate from The Citadel

Maxine Hudson was with eight others who earned Master of Art in Teaching degrees in the first graduating class of what is now The Citadel Graduate College. Hudson was the “first” because she completed her course work in December 1969, and then participated with the others in the May commencement ceremony that included them and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

During the week of her 50th commencement anniversary, Hudson, now 91 years old, shared memories of her time on campus. She spoke with Tessa Updike, the director of The Citadel Archives, via Zoom and a mobile phone.

“Our president, Gen. Harris, was very warm. He was approachable and friendly. He really supported us,” Hudson said.

The Citadel President at the time, Gen. Hugh P. Harris, addressed the master’s degree candidates during commencement, awarding their diplomas just prior to the cadets’. The archive’s original copy of his speech reads:

“In September 1968, The Citadel started an accredited Master of Arts in Teaching Program. The program has been most successful in that we have more than 300 proceeding toward this degree. At this time, we have the first nine graduates…which will be conferred diplomas at this time.” 

Hudson, who taught history for years at North Charleston High School, first started taking undergraduate courses on The Citadel campus in the summers of the 1950s when cadets were not present. She says the University of South Carolina had an extension program for teachers at The Citadel. 

She met the man she would marry then, Dr. Herschel Hudson, a former cadet who volunteered to serve during World War II in the Marine Corps. He eventually earned his Ph.D. and returned to The Citadel as a professor.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

When the first evening master’s degree program started, The Citadel was an all-male college. It was during an era when women from outside, co-ed colleges, competed to be Miss Citadel for the all-male military college, back when the cadets’ yearbook had “centerfolds.”

Miss Citadel fold out in The South Carolina Corps of Cadets 1970 yearbook, The Spinx

Hudson was recruited by the college to attend the evening master’s program and was happy for women to be seen as scholars by the cadets who were on campus 24/7.

Maxine Hudson, first woman graduate of the Citadel speaking to the college's archivist via telephone and Zoom at 91 years old

“Everyone handled it with grace and dignity and in a manner that was acceptable. The way they handled it was beautiful. They did not make me feel like I was intruding or if I was breaking their tradition. Rather than making me feel like I was tearing something down, they made me feel like I was building it up. That certainty took a lot of acceptance. It made me feel proud.”

It was not until the 1970 commencement that women studying on campus became “news” with a small article in The News and Courier about The Citadel “going co-ed,” naming Hudson’s classmate, Suzanne Cross Butler, as the first woman to physically accept a diploma from The Citadel. It would not be until the 1990s when women would be admitted as undergraduate members of the Corps of Cadets.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

The list of the first graduating class of The Citadel Graduate college is as follows:

  • Suzanne Cross Butler
  • Jonnie Garren Harvey
  • Elizabeth Shriver Hoffman
  • Maxine Taylor Hudson
  • James Bernard Machen
  • Mary Ann Parsons
  • John Carlisle Smiley, Jr.
  • Mary Edna Stocks
  • Sara Owens Vale

Click on the photo below to view the original 1970 commencement program.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

Hudson’s full interview will be available on The Citadel Archives website in the future.

The Citadel would like to thank Indigo Hall, an assisted living community in Charleston, South Carolina, and Kim Bonner, the director of nursing, for facilitating the Zoom interview and phone call with Maxine Hudson.

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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
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