Honors Residential College (HRC)

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Welcome to the HRC

“The HRC is at the heart of the Honors College as it fosters growth via community, access to experiences and connections beyond the classroom that have a meaningful impact and prepares students for the personal and professional challenges that they will encounter in their lives.”

Our Why:

The HRC is at the heart of the Honors College. Our mission is to foster the fluid and interconnected nature of holistic learning in community.

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Our How:

HRC H.E.A.R.T. provides a guide for how we seek to engage students around our communities mission. Each letter in H.E.A.R.T. represents something we strive to do or be for the residents who live with us in Cribb and DesChamps.

Home away from home

  • Being a home away from home. The HRC is the place where Honors students can de-stress, relax, and be themselves: smart, quirky, enthusiastic and fun-loving.

Engagement beyond the classroom

  • Providing opportunities for self-expression. HRC events allow residents to express their creativity and share their passions outside the classroom.
  • Promoting interaction with professors outside the classroom. In addition to regular interactions with the faculty-in-residence, students have many opportunities to meet and get to know Clemson faculty members.


  • Engaging the greater Honors College community. Some HRC events are held in the Great Hall and the Honors Center to foster a sense of belonging and inclusion in the Honors community as a whole.
  • Prepare students for the personal and professional challenges that they will encounter in their lives.


  • Creating rich community. The strong connections among HRC students and staff make the stresses of college life easier and the joys and successes sweeter. Diversity is recognized and appreciated. Friendships made in the HRC can last a lifetime.

Thinking as global citizens and about current events

  • Providing opportunities for intellectual, global and cultural engagement. We offer large and small events designed to expand our students’ world—often in cooperation with the greater Honors College.
  • Meet the Team

    Community Leadership Team

    Josh Catalano and Briana Pocratsky

    Professors Joshua Catalano (he/him) & Brianna Pocratsky (she/her)
    Faculty in Residence

    Josh is the coordinator of the Public History program at Clemson, and Bri is a sociologist who focuses on popular culture and everyday life. As FIRs, they host various events throughout the year. Some of their favorite activities include fishing, watching movies, and visiting local coffee shops.


    Yolande Graham (she/her)
    Assistant Director for Residential Living

    Yolande Graham has worked within residential college settings and with honors college communities for more than 4 years. Yolande is originally from Jamaica but came to Clemson by way of the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she served as a residential college director. Prior to her time at OU, Yolande completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Baylor University. Yolande loves to sing and is often humming a tune as she does most things. 


    Marck Molina (he/him)
    Graduate Community Director

    Marck Molina is a second-year student in the Master of Education in Counselor Education (Student Affairs) program at Clemson University, and is the Graduate Community Director of the Honors Residential College. Marck also serves as the Advisor for the HRC Community Council. Marck was involved with several organizations during his time as an undergraduate student at Florida Gulf Coast University, with the honors college being one his favorite communities to be a part of! During his spare time, Marck loves listening to music, meeting new people, and trying new foods from different restaurants and cultures.

    Meet the Resident Assistants

    HRC Assistants

    FRONT ROW (left to right)

    Marena Fleming, Animal & Veterinary Science
    Lauren Rowe, History
    Jerry Enverso, Microbiology
    Kristin Stephens, Psychology
    Imani Hunt, Health Science
    Karen De Guzman, Bioengineering

    BACK ROW (left to right)

    Marck Molina, Graduate Community Director
    Drew Scharfenburg , Management
    Alyssa Ciccone, Microbiology
    Catherine Pitts, Bioengineering-Biomaterials Concentration
    Yolande Graham, Assistant Director for Residential Living

    Nayha Hussain, Bioengineering (not present)
    Krishna Patel, Biochemistry (not present)

  • Our Traditions

    HRC Crest

    Honors Residential College Crest

    Developed and designed in 2020 by students in the Honors College and residents of the HRC, the crest represents the culture that exists within the community and among its residents.

    Each element was carefully selected and designed to communicate what the HRC experience is to current and prospective students and the broader campus community.

    *Please do not use or reproduce the HRC Crest without express permission from the Community Leadership Team.

    The 3 Elements of the HRC Crest

    • At the top of the crest, "the architecture of the Great Hall represents the main space that most students recognize as “The Honors College” [...]and the area where students could study, relax, or go to honors events, all which helped form a strong bond with the space."
    • The Mountains "pay tribute to the fact that Clemson began as a land grant university, and its identity remains firm in the location. In fact, it is even acknowledged in our alma mater – “Where the mountains smile in grandeur O’er the hill and dale.” The addition of nature also recognizes the firm environmental role that Clemson University advocates, which is spearheaded by many students, with many initiatives started by honors students."
    • The Tiger Paw "shows that while the HRC is its own unique experience, it still falls under the Clemson umbrella where students can be proud to be part of both, and not feel like there is a choice between being part of Clemson or being part of the HRC."


    Community Events

    Halloween Area 51

    Halloween Party

    We get creative with our Halloween celebrations. A few years ago, we turned the Honors Center into a giant CLUE game, complete with a ballroom (The Great Hall), a conservatory (one of the classrooms), and a Library (the . . . Library). Two years ago, we held a monster's ball that included escape rooms, a haunted cemetery, and much more. Last year we turned the Honors Center into Area 51, including Martian invaders.

    Want to know what we have in store for the future? Stay tuned!

    Valentine's Day Lecture and Dinner Party

    A lecture on Valentine's Day? Why not, if it's all about love! Enjoy some of our most talented and popular Clemson professors as they show you that Cupid has an academic side. The lecture is always accompanied by a sit-down dinner and a live jazz band!

    What do our Valentine's Day lectures look like?

    • 2017 - "The (Algo)Rhythms of Love: Why Nerds Make the Best Romantics" (Dr. Brian Dean, School of Computing)
    • 2018 - "Gut Feelings: Bacteria Cause Infection – and Infatuation??" (Dr. Kristi Whitehead, Department of Biological Sciences)
    • 2019 - "Sex Ed: Don't I know This Stuff Already?" (Dr. Bruce King, Department of Psychology)
    • 2020 - "Hey Baby: A Valentine's Day Lecture on Love and Communication (Dr. Andrew Pyle, Department of Communication)
    • 2021 - Hiatus

    Piano Jam, Jazz Jam, Speakeasy

    Piano Jam 2019

    Our students love to share their artistic talents! In the fall, come make music with us at the annual Piano Jam. Classical, country, rock, whatever you enjoy, come perform for us! Piano not required – any instrument (including voice) welcome!

    In the spring, everyone who plays jazz is invited to perform a night of improv. Piano, sax, guitar, brass – they all come out to make the Great Hall ring with fabulous sound.

    Last year we added a "Speakeasy" night to the lineup. Honors students read their own creative works, or something by their favorite author. Poetry, comedy, drama – you name it. One student even read an email (don't ask!).

    Historical Eats

    Once per semester, the FIRs recreate a recipe from the past. Students have the opportunity to learn about the history of the recipe and then sample them. In 2020, we enjoyed pound cake from the 1800s and switchel (a historical energy drink). Look out for more Historical Eats to come this year.

    The Great Honors Bake Off

    During the Spring 2021 semester, our FIRs hosted the inaugural Great Honors Bake Off in honor of Pound Cake Day (March 4th). Honors Faculty baked their own versions of pound cake and students sampled each and voted on the winner. The Great Honors Bake Off is hosted once per semester.

Learn More

To learn more about Cribb and DesChamps Hall, the home of the Honors Residential College, visit the Clemson Home Website. You can also find us on Instagram