The story of The Citadel, founded in 1842, is one of leadership, service, patriotism, tradition and growth. The Citadel seeks to prepare its graduates intellectually, physically and morally to be productive citizens in all walks of life through the core values of honor, duty and respect.
On Sept. 2, at the Bulldogs’ first football game of the 2017-18 academic year, The Citadel will kick off a year-long commemoration of the military college’s 175 anniversary.The Citadel 175 anniversary
“The Citadel proudly celebrates its 175th anniversary, remaining relevant for eight generations. Our mission to educate and develop principled leaders is resonating with record numbers of young people today who want to put service above self and make a difference in the world,” said The Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
During the 6 p.m. game, which will be broadcast on ESPN3, a dramatic and sweeping video exploring the college’s history will debut on video screens around the stadium. The Citadel’s 175 anniversary video can be pre-viewed here and below.
Additionally, the official anniversary art that was selected through a contest held during the 2016-17 academic year will be unveiled at the game. The Citadel regimental commander will lead cadets in shedding their jackets to reveal t-shirts with the winning artwork. The artist, whose work was selected from more than two dozen submissions, will be also present at the game for the announcement. The t-shirts will be sold at football games and in the campus bookstore for $18.42 while supplies last.
“Those of us leading the South Carolina Corps of Cadets learn many positive lessons from the men and women who have gone before us here. It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of so many generations of Citadel alumni who have served or are serving our nation, state, and our communities as principled leaders,” said South Carolina Corps of Cadets Regimental Commander Cadet George “Dillon” Graham, Class of 2018. Graham is a biology major and is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Citadel graduates have participated in many of the pivotal events in the history of the United States and have fought in every American war since the Mexican War of 1846. Alumni have achieved prominence in such diverse fields as military and government service, science and engineering, education, literature, business, the medical and legal professions and theology.