CLEMSON — Clemson University began awarding degrees to spring semester graduates Thursday morning at the first of four commencement ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum.

“Graduation is one of the most special days in the life of a university,” President James P. Clements said. “This is a day when we celebrate your hard work and your achievements and imagine all of the possibilities that lie ahead for you.”

The first ceremony was for graduates in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Students in the College of Business and College of Education are graduating at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Fifth-generation Tigers: Graduate Hunter Rogers Lawton (center) celebrates with members of his family who also are Clemson alumni: Eddie Bingham (left, Class of ‘69), John Lawton III (’69), Karen Bingham (’90, ’92), Mary Dee Lawton (’69) and John Lawton IV (’93). His grandfather, John Garrett Lawton Jr. (’40) and great-grandfather, John Garrett Lawton (1912), also went to Clemson and a younger brother will be a freshman in the fall.

Fifth-generation Tigers: Graduate Hunter Rogers Lawton (center) celebrates with members of his family who also are Clemson alumni: Eddie Bingham (left, Class of ‘69), John Lawton III (’69), Karen Bingham (’90, ’92), Mary Dee Lawton (’69) and John Lawton IV (’93). His grandfather, John Garrett Lawton Jr. (’40) and great-grandfather, John Garrett Lawton (1912), also went to Clemson and a younger brother will be a freshman in the fall.
Image Credit: Mary Dee Lawton

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences will have a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Friday and students in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and College of Science will graduate at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

In all, 3,431 students are to graduate, including 2,749 with bachelor’s degrees, 596 with master’s degrees and 86 with doctorates.

“I hope that your Clemson experience has been everything that you hoped it would be and that we taught you more than academic subjects,” Clements said to the graduates. “I hope that we instilled in you the core values that we hold dear: honesty, integrity and respect.

“I hope that we challenged you and inspired you to think critically and be engaged with your community and the world and make a positive difference every day.”

The graduation ceremonies are being streamed online at http://tv.clemson.edu/spring-graduation-live-stream/.

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