U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., will address the summer graduates of Clemson University at 11 a.m. Aug. 7, in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
Officials will award degrees to approximately 850 graduates at the school’s first graduation ceremony in Greenville, scheduled as a result of renovations under way at Littlejohn Coliseum on campus.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on the ClemsonTV website.
While the usual pomp and circumstance of every Clemson graduation will be in place, graduates and their family members also can take advantage of special accommodations and activities. For more information, go to http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/gradGreenville.htm.
There will be free off-site parking with a shuttle available throughout the afternoon, enabling families to walk downtown for lunch after the ceremony and go into Experience Clemson, the university’s new visitor center and interactive virtual museum in the ONE Building at the intersection of East Coffee and North Main streets.
On Aug. 6, the day before graduation, the Clemson Alumni Association will offer free photo sessions to graduates in their caps and gowns, between 3 and 5 p.m. on campus at Howard’s Rock, the university sign at the corner of Bowman Field and the tiger statue by Littlejohn Coliseum. The photos will be available for downloading online after graduation.
The Clemson Forever Fund representatives will be at each location to distribute tiger paw $2 bills to the graduates in honor of the occasion and their achievements. They will be at graduation Aug. 7 also.
Gowdy, representing South Carolina’s fourth district, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. He serves on the House committees on Ethics,; Oversight and Government Reform; and Judiciary. He also serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. In May 2014, he was named chairman of the House Select Committee on the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.
Before his election to Congress, Gowdy was a district attorney for the state’s Seventh Judicial Circuit and also spent six years as a federal prosecutor. He received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive for two consecutive years. He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and enforcement of drunk driving laws.
Gowdy graduated from Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in history. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1989.
His is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy and they have two children. His son is a 2015 graduate of Clemson University and his daughter will attend University of South Carolina this fall.