DSA_039CLEMSON — Dr. James P. Clements will be installed as the 15th president of Clemson University Friday, May 9, giving a unique twist to the school’s spring commencement ceremonies.

University presidential inaugurations typically are standalone events.  However, Clements’ installation will be different. The new president will deliver his inaugural address in three short segments at each of the graduation ceremonies that day.

“I want the focus to remain on our graduates. They have worked hard to achieve this very important milestone,” Clements said. “We decided this would be a nice way to involve students, parents and faculty without incurring the cost or using the resources to plan a separate event.”

The uniqueness of Clemson’s commencement ceremony this year will be equal to the uniqueness of the investiture elements of the presidential ceremony:

  • During the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, featuring graduates of the colleges of Engineering and Science and Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Clements will receive the Clemson University presidential chain, seal and robe.
  • At 2:30 p.m., with graduates of the colleges of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and Health, Education and Human Development, Clements will receive a framed copy of the will of university founder Thomas Green Clemson.
  • In the 6:30 p.m. Ceremony, with graduates of the College of Business and Behavioral Science, he will be given the state’s Act of Acceptance.

Clements was named president of Clemson University this past November and took office December 31. He joined the Clemson family following four and a half years as president of West Virginia University. Previously, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Maryland’s Towson University, as well as Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor and vice president for economic and community outreach.

Clements is a nationally recognized voice in higher education who currently serves as chair-elect of the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).  He co-chairs APLU’s Energy Forum; chairs the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership and is a member of the Business Higher Education Forum that includes Fortune 500 CEOs and higher education executives. He previously served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Innovation Advisory Board.

He holds a B.S. in computer science and M.S. and Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. He has published or presented more than 75 papers on computer science, higher education, information technology, project management or strategic planning. He has been the principal investigator or co-PI on more than $15 million in grant funding.

The inauguration of President Clements, as well as each of Clemson University’s commencement ceremonies, will be streamed live online. To view, visit www.clemson.edu.

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