of 2003 - a profile
The roughly 370 cadets and six active-duty military students who make up the Class of 2003 came from 37 states and eight other countries. South Carolina is the most heavily represented state in the class with 131 students followed by Florida (21), Georgia (20) and North Carolina (16).
Candidates for graduation reflect The Citadel's strength in business as the top choice of majors. The top five majors in the Class of 2003 were 131 in business administration, 38 in criminal justice, 31 in political science, 27 in history, and 20 in engineering.
Demographically, the Corps of Cadets Class of 2003 includes about 11 women. Racially there are 30 African-Americans, 15 Hispanics, 11 international students and three Asians.
Roughly 114 members of the Class of 2003 -- about 40 percent -- received commission in the U.S. Armed Forces: Army – 41, Air Force – 42, Navy – 19 and Marines – 18.
The Citadel maintains a 60 percent graduation rate – a statistic that indicates what percentage of students earns their undergraduate degree four years after entering the institution. Despite the rigors of a military-style program, The Citadel’s four and five-year graduation rates have consistently been the highest among all state colleges and universities in South Carolina.
What will members of the Class of 2003 be doing after graduation? Here are a few responses to that question:
graduation I will marry my long time fiance...then I will go into the
Army as a second lieutenant field artillery officer...Upon completion
of my mandatory four years I will either stay in the Army becoming a career
officer or, if oppurtunity permits, look
into becoming some sort of federal agent working for either the CIA, FBI,
and Secret Service or some other type of federal law enforcement. I plan
on attending grad school in a couple years studying international relations
or further extending my Criminal Justice degree, Human Resources, or Management."
a Naval midshipmen and I am going into Naval aviation when I graduate.
I am working on a degree in history and I believe that what really defines
the Class of 2003 is the number of positive changes we've accomplished
and the many activities we have "re-instated." I think we have had the
strongest senior class since my knob year in 1999 here on campus -- instituting
junior blazers, paving the sophomore parking lot, and creating a much
nicer food quality in the mess hall."
"My after-graduation plans are to move to Dahlgren, Va., in June and begin
work as an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, a military research
lab under the Department of the Navy. I will also be commissioned into
the Army National Guard as a second lieutenant and will be a platoon leader
in the 229th Engineer Battalion based out of Fredericksburg, Va. I also
plan to work part-time on my master's in electrical engineering through
Virginia Tech's distance learning program."
"After graduation, I will be entering the Ph.D. program in political science
at the University of Missouri. After completion of the political science
degree I hope to commission as a very well educated Air Warning and Control(AWACs)
Officer in the United States Air Force. The most important thing I have
learned since coming to The Citadel is to work as hard as I can until
the job is finished. It doesn't necessarily, mean anything if you finish
first or last. When you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning
and you can tell yourself, "I gave everything I had, and stayed the course."
"After graduation I will be attending the University of Durham (Northern
England) to work on a law degree emphasizing international trade laws
and policies of the European Union. Upon completion of that degree I plan
to begin practicing law in England while working on a master's degree
specializing in iternational finance."
"After graduation I am planning on teaching history and coaching on the
high school level. I plan to coach wrestling and possibly assistant coach
football. During this time I am going to pursue my masters degree and
work to obtain national board teacher certification. I think The Citadel
is one of the most unique institutions in the world. The bond and friendship
you make, and take with you in life, is steadfast and unshakeable. I have
learned more in my four years here about life's lessons, sacrifice, and
perseverance than most people learn in a lifetime. I leave here taking
all of this I have learned with me and leave a little bit of myself behind
as well. Lastly, I leave here with my classmates whom I will cherish and
the memories of what we all went through together to get that one thing
that sets us apart from all others of society…The Ring!"
"I am going to work as an engineer in Marietta, Ga. I will eventually
pursue a master's degree in engineering, but after a couple of years experience
in the field."
"I will be attending MUSC next year to join the Masters in Healthcare
Administration program. This program is 18 months; and so, I will be graduating
two years from May."
"After graduation I am going to do some Army reserve training during the
summer. In August I will be moving to New Orleans to be a nanny, writer,
and graduate student at the University of New Orleans. My experience at
The Citadel has gotten better every year. I've learned many lessons in
and outside of the classroom. I plan on using my people, leadership and
time manangement skills for the rest of my life. I will always hold The
Citadel in the highest regard. God bless the Class of 2003."
am going to be leading backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing trips
at McCall RA Camp this summer. In the fall, I plan on working somewhere
in Columbia and then in the spring I'm going to be attending Southwestern
Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where I'll get my Masters of
Divinity. I am not positive right now what part of the ministry I am going
to go into but I am probably going to go in the mission field somewhere."
will be commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. I will attend
the Basic School in Quantico, Va., and hope to become an infantry officer.
I plan on attending graduate school in civil engineering through the Marine
Corps. When I get out of the Marine Corps I plan on going into construction
"I will be working for Congressman James Clyburn and (Charleston) Mayor
Joe Riley's office and re-election campaign. I will be attending law school
next August and my long range goal is to be mayor of Charleston."
will be working in Charleston over the summer to save some cash before
I head to my Officers Basic Course (OBC) for the Army. I will be leaving
for OBC on November 18 and heading for Ft. Gordon in Augusta, Ga. After
completing OBC, I plan on returning to Charleston to apply for a job in
hospital administration. I plan on attending graduate school at MUSC or
The Citadel in the fall of 2004.
graduation, I plan on taking some time off and work and in January 2004
start grad school at N.C. State to study meteorology. After completion
from there, I'm going into the Air Force for four years. My initial plan
in the Air Force is to join the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron,
more commonly known as the Hurricane Hunters."
"I plan to attend a post-baccalaurreate program for Medicine in the D.C.
area, then apply to medical school in Bay Area, Calif."
am commissioning into the Air Force and will be a logistics officer. I
am assigned to McGuire AFB in Wrightstown, N.J. for at least the next
three years and plan to attend grad school within that time. I plan to
stay in the Air Force. I am getting married next July."
commisioned as US Navy Officer, selected Naval Aviator, going to NAS Pensacola
to begin Navy flight school in June, aiming for Strike Fighters(F/A-18
Hornets). The Citadel was the best decision of my life. The tough times
we have here will prepare us for the uncertain future. I am sure though
that after what myself and my classmates have been through these last
four years, the good and the bad, there is no challenge we can't beat
and excel through. The bond that develops between each other carries over
states, countries and oceans and is stronger than ever."
immediate plans are to attend law school this coming August at the University
of South Carolina. After graduating with the law school's class of 2006,
my plans are to enter the workforce and specialize in the areas of educational,
commercial, and/or corporate law."
will begining the final portion of my law enforcement training on May
31. The training lasts nine weeks. Upon graduation, I will be working
as a deputy with Charleston County Sheriff's Office."
plan to attend MUSC..I then plan to continue in a surgical residency for
the following six years and become a liscenced surgeon. I plan to practice
in the Charleston area and do several medical mission trips over seas."
will working with the Charleston Riverdogs in the marketing and sales
"After graduation, my orders start for the Air Force on May 13. I am scheduled
to start flight school on July 30, though I hope that date can get bumped
up some. I will begin flight school at Vance Air Force Base where I want
to get into the fighter pipeline, though in the end it is what the Air
Force wants, and hopefully they need my as a fighter pilot, though I will
be happy with whatever I get because it is my assigned duty."
"I'm being commissioned as a second lieutenant. in the Air Force and will
report to Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C., on the 8th of June as a services officer.
I am hoping to begin getting my masters after I've been in the Air Force
after a half a year or so."
"I plan on commissioning into the S.C. National Guard to fly Apache attack
helicopters, my flight physical is still pending. Hopefully it will work
out, as three other members from the Class of 03 will be flying for the
same unit. Upon completion of flight school I hope to gain acceptance
to law school at USC, Mercer, or Duke."
graduation, I will attend MUSC Dental School and hopefully become an oral
surgeon. The Citadel provides all the ingredients that enable a cadet
to learn and grow. However, I strongly believe that The Citadel experince
is only as good as each cadet chooses to make it. In other words, 'you
get out what you put in.' One of the greatest benefits I will take from
this school is the friendships I have made over my four years."
have accepted a job at Synnex Information Technologies, Inc. in Greenville,
S.C. Synnex is the third largest distribution company for computer components
and peripherals in the world. They have had 61 straight successful and
profitable quarters in a row. I will work in internal sales in the government
sector. (Basically I will sell to companies that sell to the government).
I will get married on June 6, 2003 to Carrie Summers Powell at Summeral
Chapel. I will move to Greer, S.C., and start work on May 12th."
"I will be commissioning into the Army...June 9 through July 19 I'll be
stationed at Ft. Knox working at the Leadership Training Course and then
will go to Ft. Eustis for the Officer Basic Course. After that I will
be sent to my first unit in Germany for about two to three years."
"I will be attending law school at Ohio Northern University this fall."
"I was awarded a Via Fellowship to Virginia Tech for the study of structural
engineering from May 2003 to December 2004."