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Tickets are not required for the Graduate College commencement on Saturday afternoon.
Admission tickets are required for the Corps of Cadets commencement exercises Saturday morning.
NEW FOR 2013: There will not be reserved ticket seating for the Class of 2013 Corps of Cadets commencement. Each cadet will received eight (8) general admission tickets from Cadet Activities during the week of April 1-12.
Seating will be available in the bleacher area on a first come, first serve basis. Doors to McAlister will open at 7:30 a.m. Doors will close at 8:50 a.m. for the processional. Doors will not reopen until after the national anthem and invocation.
Graduation is a special occasion for everyone and we know that all guests are anxious to see their cadet take part in the ceremony. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.
Please ensure that your entire group arrives at the same time if you wish to sit together. Out of respect and fairness to all visitors, you will not be allowed to hold seats for those who do not enter the field house with your group.
The Baccalaureate Service does not require a ticket, however, seating is limited in the Summerall Chapel.
A sign language interpreter will be present on the platform for commencement ceremonies. Seating for guests using the interpreter can be arranged by contacting Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 843-953-6877 for the Corps of Cadets and 843-953-5089 for the Graduate College commencement.
Handicapped seating at commencement exercises will be in a special area on the main floor of the field house. For questions regarding handicapped seating at Corps of Cadets commencement, contact Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 843-953-6877. For handicapped seating during the Graduate College commencement, please contact CGC at 843-953-5089. On-campus handicapped parking will be available for all events.
The Citadel welcomes individuals with disabilities to events associated with Commencement Week. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or if you need additional information about the physical access provided at a given site, please contact The Citadel's Office of Access Services, Instruction and Support at 843-953-6877.
Make your plans early.
Spring is high tourist season in Charleston. In addition there are numerous other events and other graduation ceremonies that could affect your local travel plans. Among them: the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival at Brittlebank Park on Lockwood Boulevard and adjacent to campus. The event occurs at the same time as the Corps of Cadets commencement. Consider alternate routes when traveling from downtown to The Citadel campus.
Leave early to account for traffic and the time it will take to park at the events you plan to attend at The Citadel.
The importance of the week's ceremonies will dictate the dress for specific events. The weather should be considered when packing. Although not required, business attire would be appropriate for commencement exercises. Casual attire is appropriate for most other events.
The Citadel External Affairs Office has contracted with a professional photographer to take color pictures of each individual during Friday's military commissioning ceremonies and each individual receiving a diploma at both the Corps of Cadets and Citadel Graduate College commencement exercises. Families are asked not to come forward to take family snapshots or video during the commencement exercises.
Families can purchase photos from the military commissioning ceremonies at The Citadel Photo Store at http://photo.citadel.edu.
The Snack Bar, located to the left of Mark Clark Hall, offers a wide variety of quick foods, breakfast items and hot meals. The Citadel Bookstore, located at the front entrance of Mark Clark Hall, provides numerous shopping opportunities for Citadel families and friends. Extended hours of each facility for Commencement Week will be posted.
No food or beverages may be brought into McAlister Field House for the Corps of Cadets or Graduate College commencement exercises nor to the Baccalaureate Service or Commissioning ceremonies in Summerall Chapel.
The campus map shows the location of all buildings on The Citadel's campus.
The map below shows the location of restrooms and water availability.