Clemson, SC – The City of Clemson and Clemson University announced Sunday increased detection of COVID-19 throughout the Clemson community. In the last week alone,the State of South Carolina has seen more than 6,000 new infections of COVID-19 – more than 26 percent of the total cases since the beginning of the pandemic. City and […]
The Clemson University Board of Trustees today approved changing the name of the University’s Honors College to the Clemson University Honors College, effective immediately. The college has been named the Calhoun Honors College since 1982. The trustees also approved a resolution respectfully requesting authority from the South Carolina General Assembly to restore Tillman Hall to its original name of the Main Building, commonly called “Old Main”.
The accounts on Twitter and Instagram claim to belong to a “Conor Blackmon.” There is no one of that name registered at Clemson, either as a current student or incoming student. Clemson deeply regrets any pain and concern these posts have caused, especially to our students and alumni of color. The University will continue to closely monitor social media for this type of activity and respond accordingly.
I especially want to congratulate our 2020 graduates who have reached a significant personal milestone. Your resolve in completing your degrees under these circumstances is a testament to your determination and commitment. I would encourage you to remember and be appreciative of the people who have helped you along the way, your parents, extended family, friends and well-wishers, all of whom have had a role in shaping the person you’ve become.
Your ability to adapt to the extraordinary events of the past several months has been a test of your resiliency, and is something you will draw upon again and again professionally and personally. Learn from it, knowing you can overcome adversity and achieve your goals.
Your achievement is in no way diminished by our current circumstances. If anything, it is amplified. You are part of a historic graduating class here – one that is facing uncertainty, economic turmoil, threats to health and well-being, and challenges to previous patterns of living.
As you look back over your time as a student at Clemson, I hope there are many great moments engraved in your memories. I encourage each of you to stay connected and engaged with each other, your department, your friends, your faculty, our college and our university.
I hope you will not forget the Libraries as you begin your journeys. We’ll miss seeing you at Starbucks getting coffee, cramming for exams in the learning commons, or chatting as you stroll across the Library Bridge. Take these amazing memories with you and stop by again when we reopen. We’ll save a chair and table for you.
During your time in CAFLS, you proved your excellence and showed your mettle by winning regional agribusiness competitions, national leadership awards, national research poster and presentation awards, national packaging science awards, and soil judging competitions. You spent your summers on amazing internships. You took cross-country bicycle trips to raise money for affordable housing, started a foundation to match shelter dogs with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and cultivated and harvested deer corn that you sold to raise money for wounded soldiers.
While we can’t celebrate together at a spring commencement, this is still a moment to be proud of, and the deans of Clemson University want to congratulate you, the Class of 2020.
While I wish we could celebrate with you in person, I hope this note will convey how happy and excited we are for you. Please know that we will be thinking of you and your families and wishing you all the best as you mark this special time.
As graduating “Best in Class” students and Clemson Tigers, we are excited to welcome you as Clemson alumni, and we hope you will stay connected with the University as you embark on the next steps of your lives and careers. We are excited about your future and confident that you will make a huge difference in the lives of others.
Here are some of the stories of Clemson’s people. We share them as a simple record of deeds great and small that kept us safe, brought us comfort and cared for our community. These acts of service and sacrifice largely went unnoticed while they were happening.