“I was looking to go in quietly, do my thing,” said Mace, a former Atlanta resident now living with her husband and two children in the Charleston, S.C., area, where she is from.
High school had been a grind, and she ended up earning her diploma through a community college. The Citadel, her dad’s alma mater, seemed appealing but had not yet admitted women. Then Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet to enroll, in 1995. Faulkner soon left but had cracked the door open for the first woman to graduate from The Citadel. That woman was Mace, who graduated in 1999. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia.