Emeritus College


Below is a partial list of activities and opportunities for members of the Emeritus College. If you have questions, please contact the Emeritus College office at 864-656-3990 or eclifto@clemson.edu.

Emeritus College Programs

Emeritus Day

Held in October, Emeritus Day is an opportunity for emeriti to return to campus to visit with colleagues, learn about new programs, and hear about new happenings at the University. The half-day program concludes with a luncheon and faculty meeting.

Emeritus Night at the Brooks Center

One of our most popular events, Emeritus Night provides an opportunity for emeriti and their guests to see a production at the renowned Brooks Center for the Performing Arts on the Clemson campus. A reception precedes the event, which is usually held in February.

Welcome Picnic

Held in May at the Owen Pavilion, the Welcome Picnic honors the newest class of emeriti as they are welcomed into the fold of retired faculty. Always a fun event with entertainment and lots of laughter.

No Power Point Seminar

This well attended "lunch 'n learn" type seminar takes place on the third Thursday in September, November, February and April at a local restaurant. After a Dutch lunch, participants are treated to an oral presentation on a hot topic by a member of the Clemson Family.

Holiday Reception

All emeriti are invited to a Holiday Reception in early December. The reception may be campus wide, and hosted by the President, or it may be an event sponsored by the Emeritus College. The venue changes but the mission is the same: celebrate the season in Tigertown!

Distinguished Emeriti Award

The Kenelly-Voss Distinguished Emeriti Award will recognize an outstanding emeritus whose contributions to academia, the University, the community and mankind have continued beyond retirement. The award will be presented annually at Emeritus Day in October. To nominate someone for this prestigious award, download the nomination form.

Friend of the Emeritus College Award

This award is presented to an individual, group or organization that has gone beyond the call of duty to help the Emeritus College attain its goals. The award is presented periodically.

Friends of the Emeritus College

Established in 2006, Friends is a designation given to those who support the Emeritus College through donations. All contributions are recognized by the Clemson University Foundation, and levels of recognition are consistent with foundation guidelines.

Emeritus College Newsletter

The primary means of communication to emeriti is the quarterly newsletter. The four-page publication is mailed in July, November, January and April. Copies are also available on this website.

Emeritus College Advisory Board

Composed of approximately 25 emeriti, the board advises the director on all matters of the college. Board members are appointed and represent the diverse backgrounds of the emeriti. The term of office is two years. The board elects a chair and vice chair annually. Members of the board chair the various committees through which the work of the college is undertaken.

FHC Society

Composed of emeritus faculty who have served Clemson for 40 years or more, this group meets periodically with the University archivist to identify faculty, staff and students in old photographs.

Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE)

The body includes American and Canadian university retirement organizations. Its purpose is to develop and enhance retirement organizations to serve their schools, individual retirees and the wider community. The Emeritus College has been of member of AROHE for four years and participated in the biennial meetings.

Volunteer Opportunities

United Way

The Emeritus College has an excellent relationship with the United Way of Pickens County. To volunteer at the United Way office, help in the annual campaign, answer the 211 telephone line or assist in any other capacity, visit their website at http://www.uw-pc.org/.

Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI)

The Clemson University Lifelong Learning Program is a membership organization that seeks to provide opportunities for continued learning and friendship through classes and activities enriching for adults. OLLI is continually looking for instructors to teach or assist with classes. More information may be obtained at www.clemson.edu/OLLI.

Working with Students

General Education Course

The Emeritus College sometimes teaches a section of STS Science and Technology in Society. This course satisfies part of the General Education requirement. Several emeriti participate in teaching the course as a contribution to the University.

CIS…Conversations with International Students

One of our most popular programs! Emeriti work one on one with international students to help improve their English speaking ability. This mentoring program tries to pair students with emeriti from their major field of study or emeriti who are familiar with their home country.


To assess the English proficiency of graduate teaching assistants, emeriti administer and grade the CESP (Clemson English Speaking Proficiency) test the first of each semester.

Freshman Orientation

There are several opportunities to assist with Freshman Orientation including the Summer Reading Program, One Clemson: Yours, Mine and Ours, and even "Move In" Day. For more information, contact the Emeritus College office.