CADET SENDOFF EVENTS:
parents are now commonly hosting Cadet Sendoff events that provide useful information
and support to both incoming Knob parents as well as the parents themselves.
page is dedicated to providing a framework that will be helpful in organizing
these types of events. Below is a list of recommendations for organizing such
1. Contact Shamus
Gillen , CFA Liaison Officer, to request a list of incoming
freshmen and upperclass Cadets (or call 843.953.4830).
We highly encourage hosting parents to engage the local alumni, whether they be
organized (Citadel Clubs) or not. Alumni provide a different perspective than
parents. To see if there is a Citadel Club in your area, please Citadel
3. Athletic freshmen report early,
so hosting your Cadet Sendoff before the end of July is highly encouraged. All
list requests should be made roughly 1 month prior to events to ensure ample time.
Parents are experts in answering Parent questions. When freshmen parents ask policy
or administrative questions, it is always best to refer them to the proper official
sources on campus. (Policies and doctrines change, often year to year!)
Inexpensive casual events are always best! Backyard BBQ's are the most common
format for these events.
SENDOFF - SUGGESTED AGENDA:
events typically follow similar formats. Below, you will find the most common
event format to model yours after:
In - Welcome
2. BBQ food
Separate the Parents and Cadets: This allows upperclass parents to answer freshmen
parent questions. Also, the upperclass Cadets have the opportunity to give guidance/tips
to the incoming Knobs.
4. Encourage incoming Knobs
to talk with each other
5. Regroup everyone
Reiterate the importance of grades and "education first". Knobs can
get overly concerned with the military side of Cadet life - it is vital that academics
always come first.
7. Emphasize coming in shape.
Knobs should be running several miles, doing pushups and situps at least 3 times
8. Upperclass cadets can emphasize Honor.
Cadets do not lie, cheat or steal. This lesson is one to adhere to before coming
to The Citadel
9. Lastly, emphasize the support
network available to each incoming Freshman. There will be terrible days that
make Cadets question their decision to attend The Citadel. THIS IS NORMAL. Parents
should provide firm support and encouragement.