Clemson awards degrees at spring commencement


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CLEMSON – Nearly 3,000 Clemson University students received degrees Friday in commencement ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum.

President James P. Clements voiced his hope that the graduates’ time at Clemson helped make them better all-around people.

“I hope that your Clemson experience has been everything that you hoped it would be and that we taught you more than your academic subjects,” he said. “I hope that we have 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 creatively, to be engaged with your community and your world, and to make a positive difference every day,” he said.

In addition to the 2,996 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees presented to students, university officials bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Humanities on 1976 alumnus Michael J. Biediger of Columbia in recognition of his dedication to enhancing the quality of health care in the state and his community while improving the delivery of care to its citizens. Beidiger, who graduated from Clemson in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in business, is president and chief executive officer of Lexington Medical Center.

In keeping with tradition, Clements shook the hand of every graduate as they crossed the stage.

“Today you join a family with more than 137,000 members,” he said. “Today your life as a Clemson graduate commences. Make your life matter, make us proud, make a difference, and go Tigers!”

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