CLEMSON — Families and guests planning to come to Clemson University’s commencement ceremonies Thursday and Friday should plan extra time for travel. Highway 93 has been narrowed to two lanes from Cherry Road to Calhoun Drive due to utility construction.

Drivers coming from Greenville, Central or Pendleton and other points east should use Perimeter Road from U.S. 76 (Clemson Boulevard) and follow that around the south side of campus to get to Littlejohn Coliseum. More information about lane closures is posted online at

Police officers will be directing traffic to help visitors get to the coliseum for the ceremonies. Parking is available in lots near the coliseum. The parking lot to the north of Littlejohn is reserved for vehicles with handicap placards.

Around 3,800 graduates are to receive degrees at four commencement ceremonies, two each on Thursday and Friday. All will be streamed live online at

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, graduates of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences will receive their degrees. At 2:30 p.m., the colleges of Business and Education will award degrees and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will address the graduates.

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will address graduates at two commencement ceremonies. He will speak at 9:30 a.m. to graduates of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; and at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Architecture Arts and Humanities and College of Science.

Security teams will search bags at Littlejohn entrances, so allow extra time to enter the building. Large bags and backpacks may be turned away.

Clemson University also will honor Ph.D. graduates at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony will be streamed live online at

More information about graduation is posted online.