NOVEMBER IS legacy month

Clemson University began because of one couple’s gift, and during the month of November, we take the time to celebrate Clemson’s legacy of philanthropy. Sadly, due to the current COVID-19 crisis and necessary restrictions on social gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Legacy Day activities this year. Legacy Day is a beloved tradition that allows the Clemson Family to honor our University’s history together, and while we are not able to join together in person, we can take this opportunity to reflect on our history and the importance of giving back.

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Celebrate With Us

We look forward to the day when we can again gather on the Clemson campus to celebrate our University’s many traditions. We are using this time to reflect on our University’s history and how we can recognize and honor our legacy while also building upon Clemson’s commitment to inclusion, equity and full transparency. Clemson University strives to be a welcoming place for all, and we join our Clemson Family in its promise to do the work necessary to build on our progress as an inclusive university.

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Why November

November is an exciting "Month of Milestones" for Clemson University. We are indebted to the generosity and enthusiasm of those who have come before us, beginning with Thomas Green Clemson. Read and reflect on our November landmarks — each made possible by someone who cared enough to give back to Clemson.

  • November 13, 1838

    Anna Maria Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson are married in the parlor of Fort Hill.

  • November 6, 1886

    Thomas Green Clemson signed the final portion of his will, ensuring that Fort Hill and the surrounding property would be given to the state of South Carolina for the establishment of an agricultural college.

  • November 27, 1889

    By signature of Governor John P. Richardson, the State of South Carolina accepts the terms and conditions of Thomas Green Clemson's will, which provided 814 acres of land and $80,000 in other assets for the establishment of an agricultural and mechanical college.

  • November 10, 1897

    At the call of President T.H. Tuten, 26 of Clemson's first graduates meet in Columbia to organize an alumni association.

  • November 29, 1900

    With John Heisman in his initial year as the Tigers' head coach, a 35-0 win over Alabama caps the Clemson football team's first undefeated season, a feat not to be repeated until Frank Howard's 1948 squad goes 11-0.

  • November 11, 1918

    Armistice Day brings the end of World War I; shortly thereafter, Clemson President Walter M. Riggs goes to France for six months of postwar service, during which engineering department head Samuel B. Earle serves as acting president.

  • November 8, 1957

    The first Tigerama is held; during the same semester, the student radio station, WSBF, goes on the air.

  • November 6, 1959

    A new chemical engineering building, named for Samuel Broadus Earle, is dedicated; the $800,000 provided for the building by the Olin Foundation represents the largest grant yet to the Clemson Agricultural College.

  • November 8, 1985

    Vice President of the United States George Bush helps break ground for the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University.

  • November 2, 1987

    Scientists at Clemson's Edisto Research and Education Center begin a landmark field test of a genetically engineering microbial tracking system, focusing national attention on the University's work in biotechnology.

  • November 13, 1987

    1952 Clemson alumnus George J. Bishop III of Myrtle Beach and a group of his friends and business associates announce a $650,000 gift to endow a Distinguished Professorship in ceramic engineering.

  • November 10, 1989

    Clemson announces its largest, most diverse and most ambitious fundraising project ever: "The Campaign for Clemson: A Partnership for Academic Excellence."

  • November 15, 1991

    Fluor Daniel employees and the Fluor Foundation pledge more than $2.75 million for the Fluor Daniel Engineering Innovation Building, moving The Campaign for Clemson to $76.4 million.

  • November 11, 1994

    Clemson announces that alumnus Robert Brooks has committed $2.5 million for an interdisciplinary academic institute to study sports-related topics in engineering, management, marketing and communication.

  • November 1, 1996

    The Board of Trustees establishes the Commission on the Future of Clemson University.

  • November 2, 1998

    The nation's only National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center dedicated to materials research, and the first national engineering research center in South Carolina, is established at Clemson.

  • November 12, 2003

    Officials break ground on a 400-acre site off I-85 in Greenville for development of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, to be anchored by a graduate engineering center that subsequently will be named for the late South Carolina Governor Carroll A. Campbell Jr.

  • November 20, 2004

    Before kickoff of the Clemson vs. University of South Carolina football game, the "world's largest groundbreaking ceremony" is held in Clemson Memorial Stadium to launch construction of the stadium's WestZone complex to house the football program and provide approximately 1,000 club seats and various amenities.

  • November 6, 2009

    On the 123rd anniversary of the day Thomas Green Clemson signed the final draft of his will, the first Legacy Day celebration is held at Fort Hill, including the dedication of the first seven Fort Hill Legacy Society leaves.

  • November 23, 2009

    The Clemson University Restoration Institute and its partners are granted $45 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to combine with a $53 million match to build and operate a large-scale wind turbine drive train testing facility at the institute's research campus on the former Navy base in North Charleston. The total $98 million package is the largest single grant ever received by the University.