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Clemson student carrying bags during move-in weekend on campus

B – ready to cheer!

September 17, 2020

Greetings, fellow Tigers!

Our students have officially moved back to campus and are prepared to begin in-person classes on Monday, Sept. 21. We have long-awaited the time when we could welcome our students back, and while it’s not what we consider normal, I know we all join our students in their excitement to return to campus. To ensure the semester goes smoothly, I still encourage everyone – our students, faculty and staff – to follow the policies and procedures our University has developed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Let’s all do our part by wearing our masks and practice social distancing!

Clemson students carrying furniture and boxes during move-in weekend

Top public university

Clemson University has again been recognized as one of the top public universities in the country in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Clemson is ranked No. 29 among national public universities owed in part to strong graduation and first-year student retention rates, which exceed national averages. The University continues to see strong applications from first year students and increases in first year enrollment year-over-year. U.S. News noted Clemson’s strong alumni engagement and financial support, ranking Clemson second among all public universities for alumni participation rate. Clemson’s support for students was recognized, including its internship and co-op programs, ranking 17th among all schools. Clemson is also recognized for its student-faculty ratio of 16:1.

Kicking off the season

Football season has officially kicked-off, and the Clemson Family was excited to cheer our Tigers to victory from afar on Saturday. The Tigers defeated Wake Forest 37-13, marking Clemson’s sixth consecutive 1-0 start to a season. A stellar outing by quarterback Trevor Lawrence and a Clemson-record 18th career 100-yard rushing performance by running back Travis Etienne led the No. 1 Clemson Tigers to the victory. Go Tigers!

Clemson football player on the field during the Wake Forest game

B – ready to cheer!

This week we welcome the Clemson Family back to campus for our home opener in Memorial Stadium. With fewer fans and new policies in place, this season is going to be vastly different than what the Clemson Family has ever experienced on gameday. But what makes gameday at Clemson special remains – the Clemson Family joining together to cheer for our team. Whether that is in the stadium or from the couch, our pride as Clemson Tigers remains strong.

To keep you connected to the longstanding tradition of one of the greatest tailgate parties in college football, the Clemson Alumni Association is inviting you to share your best Couch Season At-Home Tailgate! Each week during the Clemson Football season, you can submit photos of your home tailgate, your favorite recipes and your best Clemson gear. The Alumni Association will showcase select photos on their Facebook page where fans will be asked to vote for their favorite setup. Be sure to check the Alumni Association’s social media pages each Friday for the winner. I cannot wait to see how the Clemson Family celebrates our Tigers this season!

Go Tigers! Beat The Citadel!

Brian O’Rourke