Chief Diversity Office

50th Anniversary Celebration

Integration at Clmerson A Legacy of Inclusion

On Jan. 28, 1963, Harvey Gantt, an aspiring architect from Charleston, walked up the steps into Tillman Hall to matriculate into Clemson University, making him the first African-American student to do so. Gantt graduated with honors in 1965 with a degree in architecture, but his impact on Clemson is still felt today, as students of all races, religions and 96 different countries are represented in Clemson’s student body.

Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, Clemson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its integration with a series of events designed to educate and inspire students, faculty, staff and alumni. Integration is one of the most important milestones in the University’s history; it allowed a quality college education to be accessible to more people, and in doing so, made the “Clemson experience” richer for everyone.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the event that made Clemson the inclusive campus that it is today.

Leon Wiles, Chief Diversity Officer

Keynote Speakers/Presenters

Harvey Gantt

Keynote Speaker
“Reflections on 50 Years: I Walked Through These Doors”
Victor Hurst Academic Convocation
Harvey B. Gantt ’65, FAIA, partner

Gantt Huberman Architects


Dr. Michael Blakey

Keynote Speaker
The Idea of Race”
50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Michael Blakey, Ph.D.
College of William and Mary
Watch the video presentation of "The Idea of Race."




Charles Ogletree

Keynote Speaker
50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Charles Ogletree
Harvard University

Cecil Williams

Keynote Speaker

An Eyewitness Account of Harvey Gantt’s Enrollment at Clemson”
50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Cecil Williams

Civil rights movement photojournalist and author/publisher
Watch the video presentation of “An Eyewitness Account of Harvey Gantt’s Enrollment at Clemson."

Jonathon Romain

Featured Artist
Jonathon Romain

Jeremiah Drew

“One Voice”
A journey through the African-American experience
Jeremiah Dew

Gamemaster Entertainment


Clemson Alumni Association, IPTAY, Clemson University Foundation and Clemson Black Alumni Council.

50th Year Anniversary