CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (September 18, 2023) — Thomas Fitzpatrick of Davenport, Iowa, is one of the more than 450 cadets and students recognized for their academic achievements during the spring 2023 semester.

Gold stars are awarded to cadets and students at The Citadel who achieved a 3.7 grade-point average or higher. Cadets and students who achieve gold-star recognition are also placed on The Citadel's Dean's List.

Those cadets may wear gold stars on their uniforms throughout the semester following their academic achievement. A gold-star recognition certificate is awarded to non-cadet students who meet the requirements; veteran, and active-duty students are also awarded challenge coins.

About The Citadel

The Citadel, with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education for young men and women focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. The approximately 2,300 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets are not required to serve in the military, but about one-third of each class earn commissions to become officers in every branch of US military service. Citadel alumni have served the nation, their states, and their communities as principled leaders since 1842. The Citadel Graduate College, founded more than fifty years ago, offers dozens of graduate-degree, graduate-certificate, and evening-undergraduate programs in the evening or online. Consecutively named Best Public College in the South by US News and World Report for twelve years and N° 1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South for five years. Learn more about The Citadel here.

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