Upcoming news from The Citadel – September 2022

First parade of the year

Friday, Sept. 2
3:45 p.m.
Summerall Field
Free, open to the public

The Citadel will hold its first military dress parade of the year on Friday, Sept. 2, at 3:45 p.m.

During the parade, the winners of the President’s and Summerall Cup will be announced.

  • The President’s Cup is awarded annually to the cadet company earning the highest overall score in the areas of academics, military bearing, physical effectiveness, freshman retention, Regimental Commander’s Bowl and service learning. It is the highest honor that can be won by a cadet company.
  • The Charles P. Summerall Cup is presented annually by the Provost of the College to the cadet company with the highest grade point average as calculated from all classes of cadets assigned for the fall and spring semesters of the previous school year. This is the top unit academic award and is one of the criteria for the President’s Cup.

The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great, and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ Friday afternoon dress parades reflect those drill procedures and movements of the past.

Modern day dress parades are conducted to inspect troops, render honors, preserve tradition and foster espirit de corps. At various times throughout the year, parades are also used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable figures.

For more information, or to view the fall 2022 parade schedule, please visit the Parade Schedule webpage.

Posthumous degree presentation

Friday, Sept. 9
2:45 p.m.
Daniel Library, first floor
Free, open to media

For the first time in its history, The Citadel will present a posthumous degree to a former cadet.

The degree will be conferred to Lt. Col. George McMillan, a member of The Citadel Class of 1938, who was killed in action on Feb. 22, 1944.

McMillan attended The Citadel, but was six credits short of a degree when he accepted a slot in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program, fulfilling his lifelong dream of being a military pilot.

Already recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of The Citadel, McMillan will be posthumously awarded his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 in the Daniel Library.

In January 2022, The Citadel Board of Visitors voted to award McMillan the degree.

President’s List and gold star parade

Friday, Sept. 9
3:45 p.m.
Summerall Field
Free, open to the public

The second military dress parade of the year will honor those cadets and students who were named to the President’s List or who earned gold stars for superior academic performance.

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties.

Gold stars are awarded to cadets and students who have earned a grade point ratio of 3.7 or higher.

The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great, and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ Friday afternoon dress parades reflect those drill procedures and movements of the past.

Modern day dress parades are conducted to inspect troops, render honors, preserve tradition and foster espirit de corps. At various times throughout the year, parades are also used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable figures.

For more information, or to view the fall 2022 parade schedule, please visit the Parade Schedule webpage.

Overnight campus visit for prospective cadets

Thursday, Sept. 15 – Friday, Sept. 16
Various times
The Citadel campus
Free, open to high school seniors interested in joining the Corps of Cadets

Spots are now open for high school seniors interested in joining the South Carolina Corps of Cadets to attend the year’s first overnight, in-person visit.

Beginning with registration at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, students will get to spend a night in the barracks and eat in the mess hall. On Friday, Sept. 16, parents and students will have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • The Citadel’s academic programs
  • ROTC opportunities
  • Cadet life
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Support Services

These visits are designed to offer a comprehensive overview of life at The Citadel.

To register for the Sept. 15-16 visit, click here.

Click here for other ways prospective cadets can visit The Citadel throughout the year.

Constitution Day events

Friday, Sept. 16 and Tuesday, Sept. 20
7 p.m.
Various locations on The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

With national Constitution Day approaching on Sept. 17, the college continues to reinforce the importance of constitutional learning. The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences is sponsoring two events. Both are free and open to the public.

The first is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Swain Boating Center. There is free parking on campus. A virtual campus map is here.

Charles R. Kesler, Ph.D. — an expert in constitution law and the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College — will give a lecture titled “The Constitution and the Current Political Crisis.”

Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and the editor of the Claremont Review of Books. In 2018 he won the Bradley Prize, and in 2017 was named one of POLITICO’s fifty “key thinkers, doers and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy.” His most recent book is “Crisis of the Two Constitutions: The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of American Greatness.”

The second event will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Duckett Auditorium. It will be a public reading of the Constitution involving volunteers from across campus and the community; those wishing to volunteer should contact Professor Scott Segrest at ssegrest@citadel.edu. It will be followed by a discussion.

Both events are sponsored by the School of Humanities with generous support from the Henry and Jenny Johnson Endowment for Historical Studies.

Bulldogs on the Block

Saturday, Sept. 17
4 p.m.
Johnson Hagood Stadium
$5 tickets, open to the public (free for anyone with a Citadel ID)

On Saturday, Sept. 17, The Citadel Athletics will host “Bulldogs on the Block,” a one-day block party where members of the campus and Charleston community can gather to watch the Bulldogs’ away game.

The first event of its kind at The Citadel will feature the local cover band, Flash Mob, who will play starting at 4 p.m., local food trucks, beverages and a watch party of the Bulldogs Football against Mercer — streaming on the Class of 1973 Videoboard — starting at 6 p.m.

Gates at Johnson Hagood Stadium will open at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for the public. Anyone with a Citadel ID can get in for free, but those tickets must be claimed in advance at the ticket office in McAlister Field House.

Click here to purchase tickets.

100 Years on the Ashley celebrations

Friday, Sept. 23
Various times
Various locations
Free, open to the public

After moving from its initial location at Marion Square, The Citadel’s new campus officially opened on Sept. 20, 1922.

This year, on Friday, Sept. 23 at 3:45 p.m., The Citadel will mark its campus centennial during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets military dress parade.

The Citadel is a proud neighbor of the Citadel of Charleston, and all Charleston residents are invited to attend parade.

The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great, and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ Friday afternoon dress parades reflect those drill procedures and movements of the past.

Modern day dress parades are conducted to inspect troops, render honors, preserve tradition and foster espirit de corps. At various times throughout the year, parades are also used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable figures.

For more information, or to view the fall 2022 parade schedule, please visit the Parade Schedule webpage.

The Citadel Athletics and sports

To purchase tickets, please call 843-953-3647 or visit citadelsports.com/tickets. Media should contact John Brush, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

The Brent Thompson Coach’s Show Presented by Cutwater 

Every Wednesday, starting Sept. 7
7 p.m.
Sportsbook of Charleston, Tanger Outlets
Free admission

This event will feature the radio show of The Citadel’s Head Football Coach, Brent Thompson. A $10 burger special and giveaways will also be at each event. 

The Citadel Soccer vs. USC-Upstate 

Friday, Sept. 2
2 p.m.
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Free admission

The Citadel Football vs. ETSU – Military and First Responder Appreciation / Track and Field, Cross Country and Rifle Legacy Day 

Saturday, Sept. 10
4 p.m.
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Tickets starting at $17

The Citadel Athletics is celebrating our US Military Members and First Responders. The home opener for The Citadel Bulldogs will include gate displays, pre-game and in-game recognitions. Athletics will be collecting images of US Military Members and First Responders to show on the videoboard at the game. Send pictures of you, your friends or family serving our country & community to sportmarketing@citadel.edu to be shown on the videoboard during pregame. All pictures must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. 

The first of two Legacy Days will be celebrated as the Bulldogs take on the Buccaneers. Track and Field, Cross Country and Rifle alumni will be welcomed back to The Citadel and celebrated throughout the game. Alumni of theses respective sports are asked to click here to RSVP and purchase tickets for the event.

The Citadel Soccer vs. Charleston Southern 

Tuesday, Sept. 13
4 p.m.
Washington Light Infantry Field
Free admission

Citadel women’s rugby home match

Saturday, Sept. 17
10:30 a.m.
Summerall Field
Free admission

Citadel Women’s ruby will have a round robin match with both College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina University. These will be shortened games aimed at giving all teams a chance to play before conference matches begin.

The Citadel Soccer vs. South Carolina State 

Tuesday, Sept. 20
4 p.m.
Washington Light Infantry Field
Free admission

The Citadel Soccer vs. Western Carolina 

Friday, Sept. 30
4 p.m.
Washington Light Infantry Field
Free admission

The Citadel Volleyball vs. Western Carolina 

Friday, Sept. 30
6 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free admission