Skip to main content

You can make a powerful difference in our University’s future by including Clemson in your estate plans.

Your Legacy is our Future

Establishing a legacy by including Clemson as a beneficiary of your estate plans will impact generations of Clemson students, faculty, and staff by enhancing learning perpetuity. Generally, assets are used to establish endowed funds that can be dedicated to support Clemson in the way that follows your estate plan instructions. Our Planned Giving team will quickly and confidentially provide gift illustrations and the language needed to ensure your wishes are realized. We are here to serve you with expertise and partnerships as you explore the impact you can make at Clemson — today, tomorrow and forever.

Clemson Legacy Societies

Clemson University Legacy Society Students

In honor of Clemson's will and in appreciation of alumni and friends who make provisions in their own estate plans to support the University, the University has formed the Clemson Legacy Society.

The Clemson Legacy Society is an honor society created especially to recognize individuals who have included Clemson University in their last will and testaments or as a beneficiary of a revocable trust, retirement account, brokerage account or life insurance policy.

In appreciation of their commitment, members of the Clemson Legacy Society receive a beautiful print of excerpts from Mr. Clemson's will, done in calligraphy and sealed with the intaglio from his signet ring.


Because Clemson Legacy Society members have followed so closely in the footsteps of Thomas Green Clemson, the University initiated a new tradition to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the signing of his will on November 6, 1886. The Clemson Legacy Society Registry, unveiled on November 10, 2006, is a handsome, archival, leather-bound ledger that serves as a record to be treasured and celebrated for all time. Only members of the Clemson Legacy Society are invited to add their signatures in the Clemson Legacy Society Registry, symbolizing the power of personal philanthropy and the perpetuation of Thomas Green Clemson's legacy.

Members are invited to sign the Clemson Legacy Society Registry in the parlor of Fort Hill, by personal appointment, in the very room where Thomas Clemson and Anna Calhoun were married on November 13, 1838. In addition, throughout the year we offer specific dates and times for members to sign their names in this remarkable keepsake. The Clemson Legacy Society Registry is permanently housed at Fort Hill for display and for future members to add their signatures.


The Fort Hill Legacy Society honors bequests or testamentary trusts of $1 million or more when the University receives them. Fort Hill, the beloved home of John C. Calhoun, became a visionary gift from Thomas Green Clemson to the people of South Carolina. Today, Fort Hill is at the heart of the Clemson campus. The names and personal signatures of the Fort Hill Legacy Society members, along with information about them and their gifts, are displayed on bronze oak leaves affxed to the grounds of the estate where trustees first signed Clemson Agricultural College into existence.

Fort Hill Society Members