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Samuel J. Cadden Chapel


Located near the heart of campus, the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel will be a quiet place for introspection and reflection for the Clemson University community. The Cadden Chapel and surrounding gardens will create a warm, inviting space for all people of any belief, or of no belief, to feel welcome and accepted. For guests, visitors and members of the Clemson Family, the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel will be a place to celebrate, meditate, worship and remember.

The warm and inviting character of the chapel will be realized through strong vertical lines with majestic windows, allowing for transparency and light. Using elegantly detailed, high-quality materials, the Cadden Chapel will add a radiant presence to our beautiful campus. The chapel will be a special place for our students to express their beliefs, to search within themselves or to have a safe place to go when they need to reflect. The surrounding gardens will provide a serene natural area for anyone who prefers to reflect outdoors in the midst of nature.

Ken and Mary Cadden made an initial $1.5 million pledge to build this beautiful chapel as a tribute to their beloved son and as a gift to the people of Clemson University. Their generous donation provided forward motion to the chapel, and in 2017 two pillar donors — Charlie Barker and Ashley Johnson — contributed another $1 million to boost its momentum. The Clemson University Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the chapel's initial design at its February 2018 meeting. Click here to read more and for giving opportunities to the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel.

The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center


The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing a top-tier student experience and the development of a unique location on campus is a critical step in reaching that goal. The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center allows students to take advantage of a rare resource not often found on other college campuses, a beautiful lake. Not just a place to relax and socialize, the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center provides students with opportunities to take part in experiential learning, competitive sports and play, student employment, lake activities such as kayaking and swimming, internships and leadership.


The Club Sports and Intramural Sports programs will no longer have a sunset curfew and can play later into the evening, providing students with more free time during the day for study, work or attending class. The Campus Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) program will be able to offer additional services and provide modern facilities to host their skills training, rental facilities and pre-trip meetings. With lights and up-to-date restroom accommodations at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center, student organizations can host bonfires and other late-night, alcohol-free programming centered around student engagement and socialization. The LoConte Family Field opened as the first phase of the project in 2016. In December 2017, Student Affairs received phase two approval from the state of South Carolina to construct a new square foot turf field and CORE facility. Work on both projects is expected to begin in 2018.


The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center will be a new and vibrant alternative for students to connect to campus and enrich their Clemson Experience. Click here for giving opportunities to the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.