175 Years at The Citadel

The story of The Citadel is one of compelling vision and rich tradition. Since its founding in 1842, The Citadel has sought to prepare its graduates intellectually, physically and morally to be productive citizens in all walks of life. Remaining true to this vision, The Citadel strives to instill in students the core values of Honor, Duty and Respect in a disciplined academic environment and to prepare its graduates to understand their obligations as citizens and to become principled leaders in their chosen field of endeavor. ;xNLx;Spanning three centuries, The Citadel's enduring legacy of service to the state of South Carolina and the nation is a tradition of which its founding fathers would be justly proud. 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. For 175 years, Citadel graduates have answered the call to serve.;xNLx;As an institution that builds character, educates the mind and develops principled leaders, The Citadel embraces the timeless values that have always served this country well. Drawing from a foundation of character, academics, military and fitness, The Citadel’s strong sense of purpose and community will remain relevant for generations to come.

Alumnus Drowns Saving Others

Arland D. Williams, Class of 1957, sacrifices his own life by repeatedly passing a lifeline to fellow passengers on the Air Florida Flight 90 in January 1982 after it crashes into the Fourteenth Street Bridge in Washington, D.C., and lands in the icy waters of the Potomac River. A society, which is named in his honor in 2000, recognizes the selfless actions of members of The Citadel family.

Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley Returns to The Citadel

In January of 2016, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., Class of 1964, returns to teach at his alma mater as the first occupant of the Joseph P. Riley Jr., Endowed Chair of American Government and Public Policy. Mayor Riley is one of the country’s longest-serving mayors.

Johnson Hagood Stadium Renovated

On August 30, 2008, the newly renovated west side of Johnson Hagood Stadium is officially opened.

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, Class of 1973, Becomes the 19th President of The Citadel

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa graduates from The Citadel in 1973. He becomes the college’s 19th president on January 3, 2006. In his inaugural address, Rosa speaks about the importance of principled leadership as a quality of every graduating cadet.

Padgett-Thomas Barracks Demolished

In August 2001, the demolition of the original Padgett-Thomas Barracks, built in 1922, is completed when the tower of the barracks is toppled on August 8th. Before the demolition, it is the oldest building on campus.

The First Football Team

Football begins at The Citadel.

The Citadel Remembers Emanuel AME Victims

On June 17, 2015, nine members of Emanuel AME Church, including Myra Thompson, CGC Class of 1994 and 1999, are killed during a bible study class. Citadel cadets, local school children, and neighbors paint a mural of doves as a memorial to the victims.

Ring Statue Brought to Campus

On October 14, 2011, The Citadel ring statue is unveiled. The statue is a gift to The Citadel Alumni Association from Palmetto Balfour, the South Carolina division of the national class ring manufacturer.

President Bush Presents a Speech on National Security at The Citadel

On December 11, 2001, President George W. Bush delivers a post-9/11 speech on national security at The Citadel.

The Thomas Dry Howie Memorial Carillon and Tower are Erected

The Thomas Dry Howie Memorial Carillon and Tower, featuring one of the largest Dutch bell installations in the Western Hemisphere, are installed at The Citadel in 1954. The carillon and tower are donated to The Citadel by Charles E. Daniel, Class of 1918, and R. Hugh Daniel, Class of 1929, in tribute to their friend, Maj. Thomas Dry Howie, Class of 1929, who was killed on July 17, 1944, while commanding the unit that captured St. Lo, France. The troops Howie commanded placed his body, covered by an American flag, on the hood of the lead jeep so he could be the first American to enter a liberated St. Lo. Howie is buried at Normandy American Memorial Cemetery.

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