Office of the President

A Message from the President: Eclipse Viewing Party, Campus Updates and More


Dear Clemson Family,

As we head into the final weeks of the Spring semester, I want to take a few moments to share some of the exciting things happening across the University. Last week, we held our Board of Trustees spring quarterly meeting, where we focused on pillar one of our strategic plan, Clemson Elevate, delivering the No.1 student experience in the country. During the meeting, approvals were given to expand and create new degree programs, including a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine within the new College of Veterinary Medicine. Our Board also heard from several of our students about their incredible work as researchers, scholars and leaders at Clemson.

This weekend, we held our annual Spring Game, where approximately 47,000 fans filled Death Valley to watch our Tigers take the field. And I know the entire Clemson Family is looking forward to our first game of the season on August 31st against Georgia and our first home game on September 7th, where we will take on Appalachian State. Team One of our Gymnastics program concluded their incredible inaugural season with an appearance at the NCAA Championships. Our Tigers captured our hearts from the moment they first took the floor this season, selling out Littlejohn Coliseum, shattering records and setting the bar for gymnastics even higher. Our Men’s Basketball team had an incredible run in the NCAA tournament, taking down the University of New Mexico, Baylor University and the University of Arizona as the Tigers made their way to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1980. We are so proud of our Tigers and all they continue to accomplish in athletics and academics. 

Today, there will be a solar eclipse that crosses the United States, and while on the main campus, we are not in the path of totality, there will still be the chance to see a partial eclipse (at 81% totality). The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting a viewing party from 12-4 pm at the Kinard Planetarium and Courtyard, so if you are on or near the main campus, we encourage you to come out for some fun and to learn more about the science behind an eclipse. Please ensure you have the proper protective eyewear to use if you plan to view the eclipse. And for those of you who have traveled to or are at a place within the path of totality, I hope you enjoy this incredible experience.

This week also marks our 9th Annual Give Day and I can’t wait to see the Clemson Family come together and show the world what it means to be a Tiger. Your support will continue to elevate the Clemson Experience and will significantly impact the lives of current and future Tigers for many years to come. Let’s make this Give Day the biggest and best yet.

These are just some of the exciting things that are happening as we wind down the academic year. Thank you for all you do for Clemson University.

Go Tigers!