Emeritus College

Thinking About Retirement?

For Clemson faculty who qualify for emeritus/a status, initiating retirement is a two-step procedure.

If you are electing to retire by August 31, 2024, and you qualify for the official title of Emeritus/Emerita as described by the Faculty Manual (below), please note that there are two independent steps to start your retirement process.

  • Step One: make an appointment with a Human Resources Benefits Counselor.
  • Step two: contact the Emeritus College, independently from your human resources benefit appointment, to initiate your membership in the Emeritus College.
  • See the 
  • 2023-2024 Retirement Guidebook for more information about these steps.

The Emeritus College will host a Hybrid Lunch Q & A for active faculty on February 22, 2024, beginning at 12:00 pm

  • This informal program will consist of a panel of emeritus faculty, HR benefits coordinators, and a PEBA representative to answer questions about what to expect when retiring, how to prepare for retirement, and to learn about opportunities post-retirement. The Emeritus College will provide a light lunch for those who attend in person.
  • If you plan to attend the Hybrid Lunch – in person – you must RSVP by February 15, 2024, at our EventBrite link.


Chapter IV.THE FACULTY, Section B, 4. EMERITUS FACULTY, page 35 of the 2023-2024 (Web Edition of Faculty Manual) Clemson University Faculty Manual states the following:


The University will honor its 2023-2024 emeritus faculty with a ceremony and luncheon on April 17, 2024, at the Madren Center. This event will coincide with the Emeritus College’s annual Emeritus Day. President Clements and Provost Jones are honored to recognize the 2023-2024 emeriti for their years of service to the University.

While Special Rank faculty do not receive the emeritus title, those who have served at least five years at Clemson University and 15 years in the academic profession are eligible for membership in the Emeritus College. Research faculty, extension faculty, clinical faculty, lecturers, senior and principal lecturers, and professors of practice are considered for regular member b in the Emeritus College by-laws. Other retired faculty may request membership as an Affiliate member in the college, and their application is reviewed by the Advisory Board for approval. Membership details may be found at https://www.clemson.edu/emerituscollege/membership.html.

Regular member b and affiliate members are invited to participate in the Emeritus Day celebration.

Apart from our Clemson hybrid retirement lunch session, you might be interested in AROHE’s free 3-Part Virtual Series titled, Reimagining Retirement. Learn More.

If you have questions, please contact Victoria Musheff, Program Coordinator II/Emeritus College at vmushef@clemson.edu (864-656-3990) or contact a HR Benefits Counselor.