With a giant pair of golden scissors, retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Glenn M. Walters, president of the college, and Provost and Dean Sally Selden, Ph.D., cut the ceremonial dark blue ribbon in front of the newly rebuilt Capers Hall on September 9, accompanied by other college dignitaries. The crowd applauds, and The Citadel’s new 97,500-square-foot humanities building quickly begins to fill with guests.
For nearly 70 years, countless cadets and students passed through the hallways of the original Capers. When the building was constructed in the early 1950s, there were nearly 1,500 cadets enrolled, a majority of whom had classes in the building. During Capers Hall’s original construction, the building was part of a $700,000 college-wide expansion. Now, as the campus is in another era of revitalization, The Citadel has more than 2,100 cadets enrolled and more than 1,000 graduate, evening undergraduate and day students, almost all of whom will attend at least one class in Capers Hall.
At a cost of $67 million, the new Capers Hall now boasts many educational and technological improvements, such as a 250-seat auditorium, art gallery, digital media classroom, legal studies classroom, psychology interview rooms and more. In addition to these learning spaces, there are new offices, conference rooms, collaboration spaces and lounge areas for cadets, students, faculty and staff to use.
Capers Hall, as it has for the last several decades, will continue to serve countless Citadel cadets and students as they make their way through each hallway and classroom. But now, the building has spaces that are better suited to fit the advanced learning and teaching needs of the 21st century. The Citadel is committed to creating and maintaining safe and secure campus facilities to advance student learning, innovation and campus operations, an achievement that is shown clearly through its newest academic building.
To learn more about Capers Hall, visit citadel.edu/capers.