Recognition Day at The Citadel


Copeland, Petty, among cadets honored

Special to The Times



CHARLESTON — Men and women who entered The Citadel as freshmen last fall have officially been sworn in as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets as of Saturday, April 9, 2016. Recognition Day 2016 marks the end of what many consider the toughest first year college military-training in the country.

Each year, hundreds of people line the streets to cheer for the freshmen as they march, dressed in their brilliant, white uniforms, to attend “The Oath Renewal on The Citadel Green.” The oath marks their transition to officially becoming members of the Corps. The green at Marion Square was the original parade ground for the college, when it was founded in 1842 in the structure that is now the Embassy Suites.

The march follows three weeks of Transition to Recognition Training during which the knobs take classes examining student ethics and leadership skills and the honor code. They also undergo inspections and drills training.

Brandon Copeland of Enoree, South Carolina, was among 588 other freshman cadets that have been officially sworn into the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Christian Petty of Union, South Carolina, was among 588 other freshman cadets that have been officially sworn into the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

About The Citadel

Charleston, South Carolina. The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 30 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their state and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel ranks as the No. 1 Public College in the South for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 50 master’s degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus six undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule. Some graduate courses are available online. To learn more about The Citadel go to www.citadel.edu.

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Copeland, Petty, among cadets honored

Special to The Times

This story was submitted by The Citadel.

This story was submitted by The Citadel.

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