The Citadel honors some of its best and brightest with more than 50 awards, celebrating achievements in academics, leadership and service
One of the first major events during the commencement season at The Citadel is the annual awards convocation for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
On Thursday, May 5, the annual awards were presented to cadets and active duty students in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments.
The 2022 award recipients include:
Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence
Presented to the commissioning senior who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in all his or her academic coursework at The Citadel.
Lt Gen John W. Rosa Award
Presented to a senior cadet who best exemplifies the Air Force core values of integrity, service and, excellence and who embodies the fighting spirit of the indomitable warrior-airman.
American Legion College Award
Presented to a senior cadet who has demonstrated the qualities of military leadership, discipline and citizenship. Key attributes of those chosen are service to others, dedication to values and honor to self and the country.
Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Award
Presented to a senior cadet who best exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the college’s mission.
Athletic Officer of the Year Award
Presented to the athletic officer who, in the opinion of fellow athletic officers, demonstrates outstanding leadership in the administration of unit athletics.
Intramural Athlete of the Year Award
Presented to cadets who have shown outstanding performance in intramural competition demonstrating athleticism, sportsmanship and competitive spirit. Battalion and company athletic officers nominate the recipients each year.
Male: Luke Meetze
Female: Merritt Reeves
Board of Visitors Trophy
Awarded annually to the cadet company that excels in physical effectiveness, one of the four pillars of the college.
Club Sport Captain of the Year
Presented to the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership both on and off the playing field. Club sports captains, along with battalion and company athletic officers, nominate the recipient each year.
The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award
Presented to a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel’s athletic program and the Corps of Cadets. Members of the graduating class vote for the award recipient each year.
Col. Floyd W. Brown Jr. Memorial Award
Presented annually to a senior cadet who has contributed to the success of cadet life and best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and soldier.
Society of the Cincinnati Award
Presented annually to the cadet officer of the graduating class who has exemplified, to the highest degree, the best qualities of soldier and citizen which are characteristic of the patriots who fought to obtain American’s freedom and which the society is pledged to perpetuate.
Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service
Presented to a member of The Honor Committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.
Walter B. Clark Award
Presented to the cadet who achieves the highest overall standing at the Army ROTC advanced camp. Members of The Citadel’s Army ROTC instructor group established the award in 1977 to honor Col. Walter Ballard Clark’s service in the military and at The Citadel. Clark, Citadel Class of 1951, was a professor of military science and commandant of cadets from 1974 to 1977.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award
Presented annually to the graduating senior cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of cadet and military activities who will be commissioned into the armed forces.
Lt. Col. Harvey M. Dick Official United States Army Sword
Presented annually by the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and leadership skills that the recipient has demonstrated during four years as a cadet.
Todd L. Dorney Award
Presented annually in memory of Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The sword goes to a senior under Army ROTC contract who ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class.
Maj. Gen. James Grimsley Leadership Sword
Presented to the top junior ROTC cadet who performed the highest among their peers in academics while demonstrating superb physical fitness and outstanding training proficiency within the Palmetto Battalion.
William Porcher Dubose Award
Presented annually by the General Organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the first-honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose, a citizen soldier, first-honor graduate and ranking cadet in the Class of 1855.
Ashley Ruiz and Steven Jones
Capt. Ryan Hall Leadership Sword
Presented annually to the rising senior Air Force contract cadet who has excelled in academics and leadership. The recipient exemplifies the values and attributes of Hall, which include integrity, loyalty, strength of character, honor, dedication, leadership and service before self. Hall, Citadel Class of 2004, was killed Feb. 18, 2012 while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The sword will be carried throughout the cadet’s senior year, until it is again passed on to another deserving Air Force cadet.
Wade Hampton Saber
Presented annually by the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to a senior cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership and made the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.
Commandant’s Leadership Excellence Award
Presented to a senior cadet for exceptional leadership with the largest impact on the Corps of Cadets. The recipient of this award embodies leadership by example in the barracks, across campus and in the classroom.
Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award
Presented annually to the graduating senior cadet who was selected by classmates as showing the most tact, consideration and courtesy to fellow cadets.
Presented to the senior who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas E. Hemingway, Citadel Class of 1960.
Lt. Col. Leigh Hochreich Memorial Fund Award
Presented annually to a senior who best displays strong character, patriotism, love of fellow man, loyalty and devotion to The Citadel.
Maj. William Marks Hutson Award
Presented annually at The Citadel to a junior cadet selected for outstanding leadership ability, academic standing and devotion to duty. The award is presented in memory of Maj. William M. Hutson, U.S. Air Force and Citadel Class of 1939, who was killed in service in World War II.
Thomas Blake Giles
Brig. Gen. James E. Mace Leadership Award
Presented annually to a senior cadet who will commission in the military and demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day-to-day running of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The cadet must exhibit unwavering love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self-discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards and service to fellow cadets. The award is named after a former commandant of cadets and 1963 Citadel graduate.
Lt. Dan Malcom Jr. Memorial Sword
Recognizes a cadet for leadership and dedication while a member of The Citadel Naval ROTC. The sword is presented in memory of 1st Lt. Dan Malcom Jr., Class of 2001, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq.
D.S. McAlister Cadet Activities Award
Presented annually to the senior cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the Department of Cadet Activities.
General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award
Presented annually to the most outstanding cadets from the 12 colleges and universities comprising the Association of Military Colleges and Schools by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation.
Cadet Medal of Merit Award
Presented by the adjutant general of South Carolina to an outstanding senior cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Gen. Charles P. Summerall Award
Presented to a senior cadet scheduled for commissioning in the military who has excelled in the ROTC program, leadership and the study of military history.
Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword
Presented to a graduating Navy midshipman or officer candidate who has excelled in a Navy Battalion leadership position, devoted his or her life to public service and is in the top 25 percent of his or her graduating class.
Capt. H. Carl Josephson Sword
Presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Navy. The sword is awarded in recognition of superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years as a Citadel cadet.
OC Kyle Smith
Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Sword
Presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. The sword recognizes superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years at The Citadel.
Naval Submarine League Award
Presented to the Navy ROTC cadet who excelled in academics and military performance and who is also the number one student who was selected to serve in the submarine community as a Naval officer.
OC Sarah Ervin
South Carolina Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots Award
Presented to the cadet who has best shown, through his or her superior historical scholarship, an exceptional understanding of and respect for the sacrifices of our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots.
Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award
Presented annually to a member of the Honor Committee in recognition of invaluable service to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of The Citadel honor system.
Ruben B. Pitts III Memorial Award
Given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts III, Class of 1963, to the junior cadet selected by his or her classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others.
Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award
Presented to the graduating cadet who has contributed to the idea of teamwork, morale, and service to others at The Citadel and in the community.
Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award
Presented to the winner of the annual cadet public speaking competition sponsored by The Citadel Oral Communications Lab. The award is named in honor of Smith, a 1947 graduate of The Citadel and chairperson emeritus of H.D. Smith & Co., one of the largest drug wholesale companies in the country.
Special Forces Association Award of Excellence
Presented to a contracted freshman or sophomore cadet in one of the ROTC departments who displays scholastic excellence, military proficiency, leadership qualities and dedication to mission.
Star of the West Medal
Presented to the best drilled cadet in the Corps of Cadets. The award has been presented since 1886.
Recognizes the distinguished military student in the Army ROTC who has best exhibited the qualities of devotion to duty, exemplary conduct, military and academic excellence and unquestionable character. The award is presented annually in memory of Capt. David Widder, a 1959 Citadel graduate who was killed in Vietnam while serving in the Army.
William G. Willard Jr. Award
Presented to a junior cadet selected by the senior cadet leadership for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty and service to The Citadel.
Thomas Blake Giles
Lila K. Whetstone Women in Leadership Excellence Award
Recognizes a young junior woman in the Corps of Cadets who excels in academics in fitness, serves the Corps of Cadets with courage and humility, is dedicated to helping others through community involvement and is actively engaged in the training and development of her fellow cadets.
Undergraduate of the Year Award
Presented to graduating seniors selected by the business administration faculty as the most outstanding majors in the school.
Col Charles E. Hirshey Award
Recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education. The award is named for Col. Charles Hirshey, Ph.D., who served as head of The Citadel’s Department of Education from 1969 to 1979. He was a pioneer in education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of the current Citadel Graduate College.
Col. Louis Shephard LeTellier Award
Presented to the member of the graduating class attaining the highest academic grade point ratio in civil engineering. This year there are three recipients.
William Metts, Pei Hsuan Lu and James Gillam
Peter Gaillard Memorial Award
Recognizes an exceptional electrical and computer engineering senior cadet based on scholastic attainment, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities. The award is presented in memory of an outstanding 1948 graduate of The Citadel’s electrical engineering department.
Leidos Courage Award
Presented to an upperclassman in the college’s National Security and Intelligence Program who demonstrates an act of courage, exhibits The Citadel’s core values, embodies the values and ethical character of a principled leader, exemplifies service before self in actions and deeds and serves as a role model in his or her academic and personal endeavors.
Francis Marion Cup
Presented to a graduating senior cadet who has done exemplary academic work in American history courses. The Rebecca Matte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors the award.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award
Presented to the graduating senior in the school of humanities and social sciences who best represents the commitment to academic excellence, the breadth of intellectual interests and the dedication to public service exemplified by the life and career of Joseph P. Riley Jr. Riley is a Citadel Class of 1964 graduate, 1968-1974 state legislator, 1975-2016 mayor of Charleston and current endowed chair of American government and public policy professor at The Citadel.
Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award
Recognizes the superior academic achievement by an undergraduate student majoring in one of the disciplines housed in Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics.
Dr. Francis Eugene Zemp Award
Presented to the senior cadet in the field of pre-med with the highest academic average.
Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins Jr. Award
Recognizes the veteran student at The Citadel who, like Falcon Black Hawkins Jr., demonstrated patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, servant leadership and sound judgment while always setting an example as a person of integrity. Hawkins, Citadel Class of 1958, was a dedicated U.S. district court judge for South Carolina and served as chief judge from 1990 to 1993.
Golden Microphone Award
A special award presented to a cadet who worked as a narrator for dozens of parades and events throughout their time as a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.