The first woman to graduate from The Citadel said the school provided what she needed to succeed in college: structure, discipline and a challenge.

Nancy Mace, who graduated in 1999, spoke today about her experience at The Citadel to the Palmetto Chapter of the group Women in Defense in North Charleston.

Mace and her family recently have moved back to the Lowcountry after being away for more than a decade.

She told the audience that her father, Brig. Gen. Emory Mace, initially had warned her against enrolling at the school. He was worried about possible hazing and sexual harassment as part of the first group of four women to enroll officially the year after Shannon Faulkner left after attending the military college less than a week.

Only Mace and one other woman finished that year and went on to graduate. The other two left in their first year amid allegations of harassment and hazing.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.