Recognition Day is a monumental event in the life of a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
Schedule highlights include:
9:30 a.m. Open barracks with pipe band performances
9:30 a.m. The Citadel Rifle Legion and Summerall Guards perform on Summerall Field
10 a.m. Corps Day Jeep Review Parade and Palmetto Medals presentation on Summerall Field
3 p.m. Freshmen depart for Marion Square from the campus gates
3:20 p.m. "The Citadel Story" performed at Marion Square
3:35 p.m. Marching cadets arrive for The Oath Renewal on The Citadel Green
First, cadets depart from campus greeted by hundreds of people lining the streets to cheer them on. While they are marching, The Citadel Regimental Band will perform "The Citadel Story" for the audience at Marion Square. The story includes music, a reading, and cadets wearing recently restored period uniforms from every war in which Citadel men and women have fought, beginning with the Mexican-American War.
When the freshmen arrive, they will 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, in 1842, next to the college's original structure that is now the Embassy Suites.
The march follows three weeks of transition to recognition training during which the freshmen take classes examining student ethics and leadership skills and the honor code. They also undergo inspections and drills training.