CLEMSON — Clemson University’s first lady, Beth Clements, will help celebrate this year’s Founder’s Day ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pendleton, the burial site of university founder Thomas Green Clemson.

Thomas Green Clemson re-enactor Ron Grant - in front of Clemson University’s Trustee House Oct. 14, 2016. (Photo by Ken Scar)

Thomas Green Clemson re-enactor Ron Grant

Clemson celebrates Founder’s Day on, or close to, April 6 to honor the passing of Thomas Green Clemson in 1888. Through his will and gift of property to the state of South Carolian, Clemson University (then Clemson Agricultural College) later became a reality.

The ceremony is held every year to honor Clemson and his wife, Anna. Clements will give remarks about the significance of Founder’s Day and what it means to both the Clemson Family and the Clements family. Students will give remarks about the history of Thomas and Anna Calhoun Clemson, and a violinist will be present to play “Carolina Forever,” a song that Clemson himself wrote.

Once the ceremony in the church concludes, a bagpiper will lead the congregation to the grave site, where a wreath will be placed on Clemson’s grave and Col. Sandy Edge, president of Clemson’s Alumni Association, will say a few words while candles are being lit. At the conclusion of Edge’s remarks, the candles will be blown out and the Alma Mater sung.