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Community Achievement and Student Empowerment offers several signature events in addition to programming and workshops provided throughout the year. These signature events provide opportunity for celebration, recognition, support and reflection. Details and how to register for each event will be provided below.

Our First-Generation Days of Celebration will celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty and staff in our Clemson community. The celebration will include various in-persona and virtual activities. TheannualNational First-Generation College Celebration is Nov 8, which was selected to commemorate the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965,which focused on access to higher education for underserved and underrepresented students. The Higher Education Act provided a significant investment in Federal TRIO Programs,which focused on post secondary access, retention and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates.

Each May and December, the Veteran Hail and Farewell Graduation Dinner celebrates veterans, active duty, National Guard or reservists who are graduating in that term. Each of these graduates will receive a cord to wear at graduation, a Clemson University Challenge Coin and a letter from the university president.

The MLK Celebration WeekReflectionLuncheon provides an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to come together at a community meal to discussClemson in relation to theselectedMLKWeek theme. Luncheon attendees will share their experiences at Clemson University and how they hope we can find common ground to move Clemson forward. The Luncheon will also feature a student speaker.

Military Appreciation Week exists to recognize the service and contributions of our military service members and veterans, increase our advocacy and awareness in supporting them, and celebrate them through programming and events. The week will feature events coordinated by CASE and other campus partners. The week culminates with the Military Appreciation Football game in Death Valley.

Each semester, at the beginning of a term, a special Orientation is held for student veterans. Information relevant to their military experience and support on campus will be presented. This is a great opportunity to learn about various on-and off-campus resources for veterans.

This multi-part series will aim to explore systemic oppression and subsequent inequities in our nation’s history. These sessions will tap into the knowledge and expertise of Clemson faculty members, exploring topics like education, policy, history, and law. Come to learn from the panelists' insights, ask questions, and glean lessons for action in addressing structural oppression. This series is coordinated in partnership with the Gantt Multicultural Center.