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Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Speaker

The commencement speaker for the Graduate School’s Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony is Dr. James P. Clements. Dr. Clements is receiving an Honorary Doctor of Public Education Degree.jim-clements-photo

James P. Clements is Clemson University’s 15th president. Under his leadership, Clemson has reached several milestones — the largest campus development initiative in university history, a record number of student applications, and a record-breaking year in private fundraising.

Clements is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and on the executive committee of the APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. He is also Chair of the ACE Commission on Leadership; co-chairs the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship; serves on the executive committee of the Business Higher Education Forum and on the Council on Competitiveness.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Before he came to Clemson, Clements served as the president of West Virginia University for nearly five years.

Clements and his wife Beth have four children — Ty, Hannah, Maggie and Grace — and a son-in-law, Tanner Coombs.