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This page links to some of the more notable speeches delivered to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Addresses to the Corps

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Posted: Saturday, May 5, 2012 03:25 pm EDT
The South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ Class of 2012 graduated today and leaves The Citadel confident and prepared to be leaders in the state, nation and abroad.

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 06:03 pm EST
The Citadel will celebrate Black History Month with several events highlighting the importance of public service as well as maintaining communities.

Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 09:56 am EST
Conservative Intellectual Tradition features prominent leaders, scholars and activists The Citadel will offer an unprecedented course entitled “Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America” led by the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government Mallory Factor.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 04:55 pm EST

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:07 am EST

Greater Issues brings back '81 grad


Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:03 am EDT

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:36 am EDT

CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer delivered the Corps of Cadets Commencement Exercises on May 8, 2010, in McAlister Field House.   


Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 03:51 pm EDT

Charleston RiverDogs Co-Owner Mike Veeck gave The Citadel Graduate College commencement speech on May 9, 2010, in McAlister Field House.


Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 09:13 am EDT
NASA Astronaut Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik, who made his inaugural space flight aboard the space shuttle Atlantis on November 16, 2009, was a guest speaker Friday at The Citadel’s Principled Leadership Symposium.

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 04:02 pm EST

The Citadel's Third Annual Principled Leadership Symposium, hosted on the military college’s 167th anniversary, is scheduled to begin March 18. The two-day conference on leadership and ethics will attract 100 delegates from local colleges, senior military colleges and the federal service academies and will feature nationally renowned leaders, including Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.


Posted: Monday, February 1, 2010 01:54 pm EST
Graduate College May 9 Commencement speaker  More information about Commencement 2010 at The Citadel CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer will be the featured speaker at the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement, which begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8, 2010, in McAlister Field House.

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 03:42 pm EST
The Citadel will celebrate Black History Month with two events, the annual Black History Month Bazaar and a Greater Issues address by Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.).

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008 03:01 pm EDT
Retired U.S. Army Col. David M. Glantz, a distinguished military historian of the Soviet Union and the modern Slavic world, will give a Greater Issues address at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 02:15 pm EDT
The Lowcountry’s Opportunities and Challenges as a Gateway for the Southern CrossThe Citadel Graduate College Commencement Sunday, May 4, 2008 P. George Benson President College of Charleston Thank you, General Rosa.

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 10:52 am EDT
May 3, 2008 McAlister Field House S.C. Corps of Cadets Commencement Address Senator Lindsey Graham Commencement webcast As far as I can tell, I am the only thing between you and your degree… In 1492, Columbus…  No, we’ll keep it short.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2007 03:00 pm EST
Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator turned presidential candidate, will visit The Citadel on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2007 11:20 am EDT
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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 04:36 pm EDT
March 8, 2007McAlister Field House It is kind of you to welcome me, and let me first of all—before I begin my remarks in a formal sense—thank you for being here and express my appreciation and thanks to the great heritage that this institution offers both to you and to the people of the United States of America.

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2007 10:15 pm EST
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft told the Corps of Cadets that the post 9-11 world has dramatically changed how we view conflicts and national security. To listen to an audio clip, click on the Ashcroft headline.

Posted: Saturday, May 6, 2006 12:31 pm EDT

The commencement address that General Pace delivered at graduation has been rebroadcast on C-SPAN and highlighted by Laura Ingram's national radio talk show as the best graduation speech ever. The attention has created a buzz from those wanting to hear it again.


Posted: Friday, April 21, 2006 03:29 pm EDT
Change has made The Citadel a stronger institution today than any day in its 164-year history. And it is change that will propel the Military College of South Carolina into its future, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said today. Standing before a crowd of more than 1,000 people, including the entire South Carolina Corps of Cadets, in McAlister Field House, Rosa was inaugurated this morning as the 19th president of The Citadel. He is the 10th Citadel graduate to return to lead his alma matter.

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006 02:43 pm EST
Romney outlined four major challenges the country faces today for which heroes are needed.

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2006 09:06 pm EST
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will give a Greater Issues address at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus. The speech is free and open to the public.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 07:53 pm EST
Lt. Gen. John Rosa gave his first official address as president Tuesday. Appropriately, his audience was the Corps of Cadets. The new president used the occasion to tell the Corps about himself and set forth three expectations.

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 09:44 am EST
Arthur M. Blank, owner and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of Home Depot, spoke at The Citadel Tuesday, Nov. 29, as part of the Greater Issue series.

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 04:23 pm EDT
Arthur M. Blank, owner and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of Home Depot, will speak at The Citadel Tuesday, Nov. 29, as part of the Greater Issue series.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 03:51 pm EDT
Dr. Ferguson spoke today as part of The Citadel’s Greater Issues Series about one of the forces likely to shape developments in the U.S. economy: business capital investment.

Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2003 07:22 pm EDT
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley delivered the commencement address to the graduating members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 in McAlister Field House. Riley, who graduated from The Citadel in 1964, is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in the United States. He was first elected mayor in 1975 and is currently in his seventh term in office.

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 06:54 pm EST
Citadel President Maj. Gen. John Grinalds gave a speech discussing a variety of topics relating to the war in Iraq. His speech concluded with a moment of silence for Second Lt. Therrel Childers, Class of 2001, who was killed in combat in Iraq, and Kristopher Johnson, Class of 2004, who died of natural causes at his home during spring break.

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002 07:08 pm EST
Navy Admiral Frank Lee "Skip" Bowman, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, gave a speech as part of the Greater Issues Lecture Series.

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2002 08:19 pm EDT
U.S. Sen. John McCain addressed the South Carolina Corps of Cadets during commencement on May 11, 2002. Because of his military background, McCain was a top choice of the senior class, which each year votes on who it wants to speak at graduation.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002 08:28 pm EDT
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii visited The Citadel to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for replacement of Padgett-Thomas Barracks, which were demolished last year for safety reasons.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 07:48 pm EST
Exactly three months after 9-11, President George W. Bush addresses the Corps of Cadets about the war on terror.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2001 08:03 pm EST
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs spoke to the Corps of Cadets about military actions in Afghanistan and about making America’s future more secure.

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2001 09:24 pm EDT
To date Pat Conroy has written six books and is working on his seventh, all set in South Carolina. He gave the commencement address to the 2001 graduating class of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and expressed some surprise about being the speaker: "There were many years when I thought that Saddam Hussein or Jane Fonda had a better chance of addressing this class than I did."

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 1999 03:32 pm EDT
Presidential candidate George W. Bush speaks to the Corps of Cadets about the challenges facing our armed forces.

Posted: Saturday, May 8, 1999 10:52 am EDT
Journalist, author, and politician Patrick J. Buchanan delivered the commencement address to the graduating members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets class of 1999.

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 1999 11:01 am EDT
Cadet Colonel Reed Wilson, Regimental Commander of the Class of 1999, delivers the farewell speech to the graduating class at Commencement.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 1999 11:07 am EDT
Governor Jim Hodges addressed the Corps of Cadets about a number of topics including: the need to be flexible to change, the need for community involvement, the need for liberal arts education, and the need to provide excellent college education at a competitive price.

Posted: Saturday, May 9, 1998 11:17 am EDT
Admiral Crowe delivered the commencement address to the graduating members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets class of 1998.

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 1997 11:30 am EDT
Major General John S. Grinalds delivered his inaugural address on October 16, 1997. General Grinalds is the eighteenth president of The Citadel.

Posted: Saturday, May 15, 1993 11:37 am EDT
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States, delivered the commencement address to the graduating members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets class of 1993.

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