CLEMSON — Clemson University will hold its commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7, in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, honoring thousands of graduates and GE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey R. Immelt.

Approximately 2,625 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 550 master’s degrees and 85 Ph.D. degrees will be presented during three ceremonies:

  • 9:30 a.m.: College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; College of Engineering and Science
  • 2:30 p.m.: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Eugene T. Moore School of Education; College of Health, Education and Human Development
  • 6:30 p.m.: College of Business and Behavioral Science

A separate doctoral hooding ceremony for 85 Ph.D. candidates will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

Jeffrey R. Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt

University officials will bestow an honorary Doctorate of Humanities on GE Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey R. Immelt during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for his continued partnership with Clemson University as well as his devotion to excellence in business and to improving the lives of citizens around the globe.

Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he’s held since Sept. 7, 2001. He became an officer of GE in 1989 and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. He was the chair of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Under Immelt’s leadership, GE has been named by Fortune magazine as “America’s Most Admired Company,” and Immelt has been repeatedly named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” by American financial magazine Barron’s.

Immelt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1982.

The ceremonies will be streamed live online at