The Citadel Parents' Weekend 2011


The Citadel welcomes you to Parents' Weekend, one of four big weekends held annually to recognize our cadets, parents, alumni, family and friends.

Parents' Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus, meet faculty, staff, and administrators, and become more familiar with The Citadel, its history and traditions. And, of course, we want you to spend time with your cadets whether they are seniors about to receive their class rings or freshmen ready to mark a milestone in their leadership development journey through our promotion ceremony.

There is a lot to see and do, from performances by the Summerall Guards and the world-renowned Regimental Band and Pipes to barracks visitation, drill competitions and football. The links below will take you to more information. So browse, learn and we look forward to having you on campus in October.

Parents' Weekend 2011 Schedule

Parents' Weekend 2011 Ring Ceremony Photo Instructions and Ring Hop Information

General Information

INFORMATION CENTER: Mark Clark Hall will be your Parents' Weekend Information Center. Please come by the Buyer Auditorium, located on the second floor between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday. You will be able to purchase luncheon tickets, company pictures and Citadel mementos during this time.

On Friday, football game tickets will be on sale at the McAlister Field House ticket office. On Saturday, football tickets will be available at the Johnson Hagood Stadium ticket office. Please call the Department of Cadet Activities 843 - 953-5111 or the Athletic Ticket Office 843-953-7181 if you have any questions.

PARKING: Please obey all campus parking and speed limit regulations. CAUTION: In Hampton Park the speed limit is 20 mph and parking is not allowed. Parking on campus is very limited; however, off campus parking areas within walking distance will be available. Please do not park in the numbered/named spaces around the stadium, the Holliday Alumni Center, reserved campus lots, or in numbered cadet spaces. Vehicles in spaces reserved for the disabled are required to prominently display a disability access parking placard.

For specific information about parking, call the Public Safety Office at 843-953-5114.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ansonborough Inn 843-723-1655 or 1-800-522-2073

Hilton Garden Inn 843-308-9330

Holiday Inn – International Blvd. 843-576-0300

Comfort Inn Riverview 843-577-2224

Hawthorn Suites 800-527-1133 or 843-225-4411

Holiday Inn – Charleston Riverview 1- 800-766-4451

Charleston Marriott 843-723-3000

Homewood Suites by Hilton 1-800-225-5466 or 843-881-6950

Homewood Suites North Charleston 843-735-5000

Best Western Charleston 1-888-377-2121 or 843-722-4000;

For additional listings contact the Department of Cadet Activities at 843-953-5111.



WEEKEND ATTIRE: Casual dress is in order for all events except the Friday evening Ring Ceremony and Hop, which are formal for participants. Ladies usually wear long or tea length dresses. Dark business suits or tuxedos are appropriate for gentlemen for the ceremony and hop. Although the weather is usually warm during the day, please include a sweater, wrap or jacket for evening activities.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled. However, scheduled ceremonies or presentations may be moved to another location. Current schedule and event information will be available on our web site at .

FRIDAY SENIOR LUNCH: At noon Friday seniors will have the opportunity to have lunch with their parents and their mentee knob in Coward Hall.

PRESENTATION OF RINGS: At 1 p.m. Friday, members of the First Class will receive their class rings in a ceremony in McAlister Field House. For additional information, contact The Citadel Alumni Association ring office at 843-953-7694. Live webcast beginning at 1 p.m. at

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTAL OPEN HOUSES: Faculty representatives will be available to meet with the parents in their respective departments from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday. Locations:

PARENTS' INFORMATION RECEPTION: The information center will be open beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday in the first floor Reception Room in Mark Clark Hall. A photographer will be there with company pictures. Cadet clubs and other vendors will have items for sale. Football tickets will be available at McAlister Field House on Friday and at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday.

LUNCH: A one-time sitting, family style lunch will be served at noon Saturday in Coward Hall. A box lunch will be served in Deas Hall immediately following parade. Entrance to both will be by ticket only.

Tickets $10 each and may be purchase from 1-3:30 p.m. on 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.

Tickets can be ordered in advance using this form.
For additional information; contact Aramark at 843-953-5055.

A BBQ tailgate lunch will also be served at the Holliday Alumni Center across from the football stadium. For further information, contact The Citadel Alumni Association at 843-953-7696. Advance tickets are not required for this lunch option.

REPORT TO PARENTS BY THE PRESIDENT: The president will address parents at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

RING CEREMONY: At 6 p.m. Friday members of the First Class, their dates and families will participate in the traditional Ring Ceremony held in McAlister Field House. Parents of seniors participating in the ceremony should check with their cadet for the exact time that their company will be walking through the ring. All cadets, their families and guests are invited to attend. This is a formal evening for cadets and a wonderful opportunity for treasured family photos. A professional photographer will take a picture of every cadet as they come through the ring. Ring ceremony photos will be mailed to parents and should be available after November 25. Carriage rides around campus will also be offered at no charge. Further information/instructions can be found at the Ring Ceremony and Ring Hop Information page.

RING/PARENTS' WEEKEND HOP: The Department of Cadet Activities will host a hop (dance) from 8 to 11 p.m. in Deas Hall, which is located across the street from McAlister Field House..

COMPANY PHOTOS: Photos will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Mark Clark Hall Reception Room. On Saturday morning the photographer will be in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall.

MORNING COFFEE: We invite you on Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. to stop in for coffee and juice in Buyer Auditorium. Vendors will have mementos for sale including Citadel related art, scrapbooking materials, cadet company photos, and other gift items. Football game tickets will be available at the box offices of McAlister Field House and Johnson Hagood Stadium.

OPEN BARRACKS: One of our most popular Parents' Weekend events is the opportunity to visit the five barracks on Saturday. Barracks are open from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Cadets' rooms will open for your “inspection” and The Citadel Pipe Band will perform at all of the barracks. Other buildings and facilities will also be open to you.

CADET EVENTS: On Saturday morning, The Citadel Regimental Band will present a concert on Summerall Field and the Kelly Cup Competition will be held in Padgett-Thomas Barracks (Second Battalion). At 10 a.m. the Class of 2015 will take part in the Fourth Class Promotion Ceremony in all barracks. Cadet recruits will be promoted to cadet privates and will receive their company letters.

DRESS PARADE: The military dress parade honoring parents and grandparents begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on Summerall Field.

ATHLETIC EVENTS: The Bulldog football team goes up against Appalachian State at 2 p.m. Saturday. Halftime activities will feature a performance by the Summerall Guards. This game traditionally draws a large crowd and we suggest that you order your tickets (either reserved or general admission) early from The Citadel Athletic Ticket Office at 843-953-7181.

Contact Information
Cadet Activities Office……………………843-953-5111
Lunch Ticket Information………………….843-953-5055
External Affairs Office…………………….843-953-6779
Athletic Ticket Office……………………..843-953-7181
Alumni Affairs Office...……………….…...843-953-7696

Parents' Weekend 2011 Schedule

Parents' Weekend 2011 Ring Ceremony Photo Instructions and Ring Hop Information

Order Football Tickets Online

Order lunch tickets in advance