On Wednesday, September 11, the Corps of Cadets will perform its very first event of the year: the Commissioning Exercise.
Commissioning will be held on the school’s River Road Campus. Ideally, it will take place on the field at Bobby Ross Stadium, but the parade deck and the auditorium are also under consideration. This will be the first time the event has been held here since the introduction of the function.
Starting at 6 p.m., the Corps will march in a Pass and Review, a marching pattern in which each company marches past the staff, while keeping in cadence with the beat of the band's drums. The Corps will have practiced this activity during morning formation, and dedicated an entire event period to practicing the occasion the day before the event. "They're doing [well], but not that [well]," said senior captain Ty Owens. "There's plenty of room for improvement."
The entire ceremony is based around the initiation of the new senior officers. All Cadets of the class of 2020 with a rank of lieutenant or higher will receive their sabers and be commissioned into their positions. "I'm excited," said Owens.
Normally, Commissioning is held in the Sheppard Street gym, but due to its renovation under Cristo Rey, it is unavailable for use by Benedictine. Cristo Rey is the new school that took over the building that BCP used to occupy. The school is devoted to giving young adults the opportunity for a good, Catholic education, if they could not find one before.
Most Cadets, however, are not very happy about the change. "I watched many other classes do [Commissioning] there," said Owens. "It almost feels like we're breaking tradition."