The Citadel celebrated homecoming Nov. 5 with events that kicked off the coming months of commemorating the 50th anniversary of African American cadets and the 20th anniversary of females in South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
During the homecoming football game, The Citadel Black Alumni Association took the field along with Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, USAF (Ret.), president of The Citadel, to honor the late Charles D. Foster, the institution’s first black cadet, who began attending the school in 1966 and graduated in 1970. Foster’s brother William was part of the group that took part in the on-field ceremony.
“Charles Foster was a pioneer and should be honored, just as the first female cadet to graduate from the Corps, Nancy Mace, should be honored — what they did was not easy. Their courage and tenacity laid the foundation for The Citadel to become more diverse, and therefore stronger year after year,” Rosa said. “Because of them, and those who followed the path they paved, a culture supporting diversity at all levels evolved, enabling us to work together to develop principled leaders for our nation.”