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A Message from the President: Spring 2023 Wrap-Up


Dear Clemson Family, 

The Spring semester is coming to a close as our students finished their final exams last week and our graduation ceremonies begin this evening. As I reflect on another incredible semester, I am grateful for the continued commitment and dedication of our Clemson community.  

In March, we had an incredible turnout for Clemson Day at the Statehouse. We celebrated Clemson’s 50th anniversary of being in Genoa, Italy at the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies. And we hosted Clemson’s  Sixth Annual Men of Color Summit — a sold-out event with 2,400 students and professionals representing 32 states across the country.  

An Italian villa, the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research, overlooks a hill. The villa has ornate fascia board with ribbon detailing along the roofline. The flat clay tiled roof features a wrought iron gate detail around the top of the roof.  Window moulding tops push-out shutters and decorative wrought iron window covers. The villa is viewed from a stone balcony of another building, with Spring vines, flowering and green, on the right and underbrush below.
The Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy.

We kicked off April with our Ring Ceremonies, where I had the honor of handing out 1,562 rings to our Tigers. And our Clemson community showed up in a big way for Give Day, with more than 4,000 donors — from our faculty, staff and students on our campuses to our alumni and community across the globe — giving nearly $1.9 Million to support our students, faculty and critical programs and initiatives. 

Our Board of Trustees held their spring quarterly meeting during which approvals were granted for several program modifications and multiple facilities projects. Highlights include the reorganization of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities into two new colleges, and the proposal for a new College of Veterinary Medicine which has begun its search for a founding dean.   

Just a few weeks ago we launched Clemson Elevate, our bold new strategic plan, which focuses on delivering the number one student experience, doubling research by 2035, and transforming lives statewide and beyond.  

An outdoor Spring semester class with a diverse group of students sitting on amphitheater style seating of brick and concrete bleachers and grass layers, and the professor standing at the bottom of the hill. The sun is shining, however a thick grouping of trees and shrubs provide some shade for students near the top of the hill.
Students enjoy an outside class together during the Spring semester.

And we announced a new Cornerstone Gift from the Barker Family which will support many of our future Tigers through the creation of the Charlie, Suzie and Lexie Barker ’20 Presidential Scholarship Endowment. The Barker’s gift will also support our Clemson LIFE students and the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel.  

Our women’s golf team also swung their way to the program’s first ever ACC Championship. And track athlete Giano Roberts became the first male Tiger to ever win a National Championship in the 60-meter hurdles.  

These are just a few of the amazing things happening at Clemson. We are continuing to break records and reach new heights in academics, athletics, research, fundraising and so much more, because of the continued commitment each of you has to our great university.  

Whether you are graduating this week, working on one of our beautiful campuses or in the community, I hope you enjoy the summer season and are able to take some time to spend with your family and friends.  

Go Tigers!  

Jim Clements


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