The Citadel passes Corps of Cadets command to first woman

Published: May. 4, 2018 at 8:21 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2018 at 9:04 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Citadel made history during as part of its graduation ceremonies Friday.

For the first time in The Citadel's 175-year history, the military college passed the Corps of Cadets command to a woman.

Regimental Commander Dillon Graham passed the sword and control of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets of Class of 2019 to Regimental Commander Sarah Zorn.

It was all part of the Long Gray Line parade with nearly 500 cadets in participation to commemorate the connection between the graduating class and past graduates.

Zorn was chosen after a string of interviews by Citadel staff, and will now oversee 2400 cadets in the next academic year.

"I appreciate that I was chosen and it's very humbling," Zorn said."It's a lot of responsibility. When I get the sword, the weight of the sword is very heavy and it's not just weight. It's a lot of responsibility that comes with it. I'm honored and humbled."

"She's not about being the first at anything, she's about being the best regimental commander she can be," said Lt. Gen. John Rosa, president of The Citadel."For her to carry Col. Burrow's sword, regimental commander of 1940 and a great friend who passed, it's symbolic. She's going to do great. She's going to be a great regimental commander."

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