More than 700 freshmen begin the Citadel leadership experience



The journey toward principled leadership begins Saturday for the more than 700 freshmen expected to report to The Citadel for military training and academic orientation.

The Class of 2016 is poised to be one of the largest with an expected 730 to 775 matriculating knobs, capping of a record-breaking admissions season.

During the first year, students learn the best qualities of character, physical fitness, ethics, honor, integrity and duty through a military and disciplined environment. The first step - learn how to be followers so in succeeding years additional duties and responsibilities in leadership roles can be achieved.

"Matriculation Day is an exciting day for us. We look forward to meeting the incoming class and their families and sharing in this exciting time as these students start a new and challenging chapter in their lives, said Admissions Director Lt. Col. John Powell, 77, USMCR."

News media interested in stories about the incoming class have three opportunities:

- Saturday, Aug. 11 - 7-10 a.m.


Students and their families will check into the barracks and begin campus orientation. After 10 a.m. Saturday incoming students are not available for interviews.

- Monday, Aug. 13 - 9-11 a.m.


The Class of 2016 begins training in a variety of locations on campus. Call for more information.

- Monday, Aug. 13 - 7-7:15 p.m.


The Class of 2016 will be sworn in as cadet recruits on Summerall Field.

Swearing In Ceremony

Training Begins

Reporting Day