35th Reunion

November 3 - 5, 2016

(Last Update: 9 September 2016) The information on this website is from the reunion letter. It has been formatted to fit the website.


Registration Information

BREAKING NEWS: The registration deadline is extended to 20 September!

We have some new and exciting events this year. Our 35th Reunion Registration Form with specific costs for each class event is in the above download section. You must be pre-registered to participate in any class event. Once registered, your package will include an array of memorable El Cid customised '81 really really cool stuff, jamboree tickets (if purchased) and wrist bands to attend our specific Class of '81 events. In order to complete our planning, YOUR COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 20, 2016. Please mail the completed registration form with payment to the following address:
The Citadel Class of 1981 Reunion
PO Box 1503
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

On an administrative note, The Citadel is now requiring everyone attending a reunion tailgate to have a ticket to the Football Game. This includes wives, guests and children. This is The Citadel's rule not ours but The Citadel plans to enforce it.

Class Hotel

Many of our classmates have already booked rooms at the Charleston Marriott and The Courtyard Marriott. There are a limited number of rooms still available at the Hilton Garden Inn. You are encouraged to book your room today if you have not already done so, (843) 637-4074. Transportation to each class event will be available from all three contract hotels.

Registration Package Pick-up

There will be three separate opportunities to pick up your registration package:
  1. Thursday, November 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Lobby of the Holiday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
  2. Friday, November 4th 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    Parking Lot @ Patriots Point Golf Links, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
  3. Friday, November 4th 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Lobby of the Marriott Charleston, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403

Thursday Night Drop-In

Thanks to the generosity of Johnny & Martha Barnes, there will be a Class Social on Thursday, November 3rd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at 312 and 314 Congress Street (Corners of Congress St. and Hagood Ave) across from the Alumni House. There will be a full bar and Hors d'Oeuvres. Stop by for a drink or two and a bite to eat before heading out to enjoy one of Charleston's many fine restaurants.

Golf Tournament

The Class of '81 Golf Tournament will be part of the Brigadier Foundation sponsored 26th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament at Patriots Point Golf Links in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, November 4th 7:30 AM. This Captain's Choice tournament will include separate prises for our class participants. Sign up online through the Brigadier Foundation at: http://brigadierfoundation.com/event/26th-annual-homecoming-golf-tournament . Contact Allison Lockwood directly for questions. lockwooda1@citadel.edu or 843-953-5277. The Class of '81 Golf Tournament contacts are Tom Read and Bill Moore.

Memorial Service

The Class of '81 Memorial Service to honor and recognize our desceased classmates will be Friday, November 4th, 1600 at the Charles J. Schnorf Obstacle Course located behind the Physical Plant/Warehouse Buildings. This event will preceed the Twilight Parade at 1715.

Friday Night Jamboree

The Class of 1981, along with several other reunion classes, will once again participate in the Stray Dog Society Homecoming Jamboree at the Charleston Reception and Transportation Center on Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston. Tickets for this event can only be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. This event will begin at 7 PM (NO EARLIER). There will be lots of great food, an open bar and a tremendous party band: "Party on the Moon". Think of this event as an upscale senior party. For a small fee, transportation will be provided to and from the hotel. This party is a BIG TIME Y'ALL!!

Tailgate Party

Our Tailgate Party will begin Saturday afternoon under the Class Tent behind the visitor's stands at Johnson Hagood Stadium. To attend you must have pre-registered and you must wear the designated wristband included in your registration package. A barbecue/chicken buffet with a whole hog and all the fixings along with a full bar with liquor, beer, wine, mixers and water will be provided. You must be wearing a wristband to be served at the bar. The bar will close briefly so that we can form up to March On and will close for good at the end of the 3rd quarter. As previously indicated, beginning this year, The Citadel is now requiring everyone attending a reunion tailgate to have a ticket to the Football Game. This includes wives, guests and children. This is The Citadel's rule not ours, but The Citadel plans to enforce it.

March On/Football Game

As is tradition, before our Citadel Bulldogs take on Samford, Saturday afternoon at 2 PM, all Reunion Classes will march onto the field. No cups or beer cans are to be brought into the stadium. You will once again purchase your football tickets directly through the Citadel Ticket office by calling (843) 953-DOGS. Please ask to be seated in the Class of 1981 section, Section J. Once again, new this year, The Citadel is requiring all individuals attending the tailgate, and all alumnus participating in the March On to have a ticket to the Football Game.

Saturday Night Party

Chris and Debbie Swain have graciously agreed to host the Class of 1981 at their 4th Annual Citadel 81' Oyster Roast on the Wando River. The address is 4404 Wando Farms Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC. Music will be provided by the world famous Embers. YES THE EMBERS! This is not a reunion event, and only made possible by the generosity and hospitality of Chris and Debbie. Parking will be limited, so carpooling is recommended. Additionally, the Class will provide, at no cost, a continuous shuttle from downtown to the Swains and back. If you have not been able to attend any of the previous parties put on by the Swains, rest assured it is not to be missed.

Final Thoughts

It is our desire for everyone to have a fun, memorable and safe weekend. The Reunion Committee has tried to put together events that all of our classmates can enjoy. Please return your registration forms and payment as soon as possible. If you are going to have a problem with the September 15th cutoff date, plase contact Joe Leary and we will try to find a solution.
Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Class of 1981 Reunion Committee listed below.

The Reunion Committee

Steve Berlin, Will Coleman, Robert Copelan, Jim Dunne, Walter Frick, Joe Leary, David LeBlanc, Bill Moore, Chris "Hawk" Moore, Tom Read, Lewis Smith and William Smoak

The Citadel will provide online at a later date, the complete Homecoming 2016 Schedule of Events which will include specific details regarding the Twilight Parade, Open Barracks, Summerall Guards Performance, Homesoming Review and various religious services and receiptions offered on Sunday, November 6th.


LTC. Harvey M. Dick Memorial

Past Reunions

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