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Citadel News Service
11 Sep 2013

The Citadel welcomes parents

Parents' weekend 2013, a weekend of celebration

parentsweekend_citadel_01764810The Citadel will welcome parents to campus in October for the annual Parents' Weekend celebration October 4-6, 2013. Families, friends and alumni from across the country and around the globe are expected on campus for a weekend filled with pomp and circumstance and milestones worth celebrating—from the promotion of the freshmen to cadet privates and their induction to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets to the presentation of class rings to the seniors. And, of course, it's all about parents getting a chance to spend time with their cadets, visit the campus and learn more about how the college develops principled leaders.

In addition to the Saturday morning military dress parade in honor of all parents, all academic departments will host open houses on Friday and on Saturday parents and families will be able to go inside the barracks to visit cadet rooms, watch the Kelly Cup competition, hear the Regimental Band and Pipes perform and take part in many other activities, including that afternoon's football game.

Here is a list of Parents' Weekend activities. Schedule is subject to change. Changes due to weather will be announced on this page and on

Friday, October 4

1st Class procession piped to McAlister Field House by The Citadel Pipe Band

1 p.m.

Presentation of class rings to the Class of 2014
McAlister Field House

1-2:30 p.m.

Academic Department Open Houses
Locations click here

1-3:30 p.m.

Parents’ Information Reception Mark Clark Hall Reception Room

3:30 p.m.

Report to parents by the President
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

4 p.m.

Soccer vs. Elon, WLI Field

6-9 p.m.

Ring Ceremony
McAlister Field House

Saturday, Oct. 5

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Information Center: Coffee and juice for parents and guests, sale of mementos and company pictures Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

8:30-10:15 a.m.

Barracks open to parents. The Citadel Pipe Band performs at all barracks.

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Kelly Cup Competition
Padgett-Thomas Barracks
Inclement weather: McAlister Field House

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Rifle Legion Performance
Padgett-Thomas Barracks

9:30 - 10 a.m.

Regimental Band Concert
Summerall Field

10:10 a.m.

4th Class Promotion
All barracks

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Carillon Concert

11-11:45 a.m.

Military Dress Parade in honor of parents Summerall Field Includes 4th Class Acceptance, awards presentations (Kelly Cup, Cadre Leadership Award, and Regimental Commander’s Bowl)
Inclement weather: Parade cancelled and awards presented at next parade

11:30 a.m.

Pre and post-game festivities Holliday Alumni Center Sponsored by The Citadel Alumni Association, food will be available for purchase. Open to parents as well as alumni.

Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Family style lunch, Coward Mess Hall

Box Lunch, Deas Hall

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from 1-3:30 p.m., Friday in Mark Clark Hall, and from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday in the Coward Hall Main Dining Room, or until tickets are sold out. Cadets are free but need a ticket to redeem.

1:30 p.m.

The Corps of Cadets marches to Johnson Hagood Stadium

2 p.m.

The Citadel vs. Appalachian State football game
The 2014 Summerall Guards perform at halftime
Football tickets available at McAlister Field House on Friday and at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday
Ticket information

6 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Wofford, McAlister Field House

Sunday, Oct. 6

9 a.m.

Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel Episcopal Service (Blessing of the Rings), Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall. Reception to follow in Mark Clark Hall.

10:45 a.m.

Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel. Reception to follow in Mark Clark Hall

2 p.m.

Soccer vs. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, WLI Field

Contact information

Cadet Activities


Lunch Ticket information


External Affairs Office


Athletic Ticket Office


Class Rings/Alumni Association



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