2019 Clemson Family Tailgate

Traveling with the Tigers to away football games has always been a fan tradition, but the Clemson Family Tailgate has been growing in popularity with our heightened post-season games over the last few years.

This year, the Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY are proud to announce our first-ever Clemson Family Tailgate Tour prior to the Clemson football away games at Syracuse (Sept. 14), UNC (Sept. 28), Louisville (Oct. 19) and NC State (Nov. 9). We hope you will make plans to join as you travel to one or more of these road games.

All tailgates will cost $75 and which includes brunch, lunch or dinner (depending on kickoff time), beer, wine and liquor. They will all start 3 hours prior to kickoff and last for 2 hours, and will be within less than one mile walking distance to the stadium. Everyone attending the Clemson Family Tailgate will be responsible for providing their own transportation.

Everyone must have a ticket to attend. All tailgates will use mobile ticketing for entry. Tickets will be on sale until we have exhausted our supply so we suggest purchasing them as soon as possible as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available at a later date. In the past tailgates have sold out very quickly. No refunds available.

Please email CUAlumni@clemson.edu if you have any questions.


Welcome to Chapel Hill Event

The Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY invite you to join your fellow Tigers for a Welcome to Chapel Hill event the night before the game!

Where: Might as Well Bar & Grill (206 West Franklin St Chapel Hill, NC 27516)
When: Friday, September 27 from 7-9 pm
Cost: FREE, no ticket needed

Clemson Family Tailgate @ Outside of Chapman Hall, UNC Chapel Hill Campus

Location: 205 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

  • The tailgate will be located outside of the front entrance to Chapman Hall (CHANL Building). This event will be tented with fans. *NOTE – due to space, there will be limited seating at this event.
  • Tickets are $75 per person
  • Ticket includes brunch or lunch option depending on time of the game to be announced at a later date. Brunch to include: fruit salad, biscuits, sausage patties, chicken tenders, home fries. Lunch to include: hush puppies, coleslaw, potato salad, hickory smoked BBQ w/ buns, macaroni & cheese, green beans and banana pudding.
  • An open bar with beer, wine and liquor is also included.


Clemson Family Tailgate @ Lynn Soccer Stadium, University of Louisville

Location: 339 Byrne Ave, Louisville, KY 40209

Time: 3 hours before kickoff. Kickoff time TBD. Event will last two hours, ending one hour before kickoff.

  • The tailgate will be located outside, within the Lynn Soccer Stadium on University of Louisville’s campus. This event will be tented with fans.
  • Tickets are $75 per person
  • Ticket includes brunch or lunch option depending on time of the game to be announced at a later date.
  • An open bar with beer, wine and liquor is also included.


Clemson Family Tailgate @ Backyard Bistro – across from Carter-Finley Stadium

Location: 1235 Hurricane Alley Way, Raleigh, NC 27607

Time: 3 hours before kickoff. Kickoff time TBD. Event will last two hours, ending one hour before kickoff.

  • The tailgate will be located inside & outside of the restaurant.
  • Tickets are $75 per person
  • Ticket includes garden salad, BBQ Pork, 9-cut Italian dressing/lemon-pepper grilled chicken, veggie burgers, salt potatoes, green beans, banana pudding.
  • An open bar with beer, wine and liquor is also included.
  • Parking is sold separately at this venue. Details to follow.

Scroll of Honor – Gus Groce

Written by Kelly Durham

By the beginning of his senior year, Gus Groce must have known that his choices about how he would spend his immediate future were limited.  If he was lucky, he might get to pick the color he would wear, but he would almost certainly be wearing a uniform of the United States military.

Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr. of Lyman was a member of Clemson College’s Class of 1941.  Gus was an architecture major, an honor student and a member of Minaret, the architecture honor fraternity on campus.  Although serving his senior year as a cadet private, Gus had demonstrated military aptitude, having been selected as the best drilled sergeant in his battalion during his junior year and having marched with the Pershing Rifles drill team and the Sophomore, Junior and Senior Platoons.  In addition, like so many of his classmates, Gus had completed ROTC summer training at Fort McClellan, Alabama where he had qualified as a marksman on the rifle range.  He was a young man of varied talents, displaying interests in music and art as well.  Following his graduation, Gus was commissioned and then transferred from the infantry into the Army Air Forces.

Scrambling to prepare America to face the perils threatening from Europe and in the Pacific, Army chief of staff George Marshall and Army Air Forces chief Hap Arnold had embarked on an unprecedented peacetime expansion of the Army, to include its air arm.  When the war in Europe started in September 1939, the Army Air Corps consisted of only eight hundred first-line combat aircraft and less than 25,000 personnel.  By the time Gus Groce earned his pilot’s wings at Valdosta, Georgia, the Army Air Forces was in the midst of an expansion that would carry it to more than 2.4 million members and nearly 80,000 aircraft.

Tens of thousands of young men had to be taught to pilot the most complex aircraft of the day and they had to be taught quickly.  Young men, many of them on their own for the first time, combined with the pressures of war, rigid military organizations, complicated equipment and accelerated training regimens, invariably led to accidents.

Gus Groce had been assigned to the 16th Bomb Squadron at Hattiesburg Air Base in Mississippi.  The 16th was training on the A-20 Havoc, a twin-engine light bomber.  Part of the training called for formation flying.

On Saturday, September 5, 1942, Gus was dispatched as the copilot in an A-20 piloted by Second Lieutenant George Pritchard.  Sergeants George Kaiser and Floyd Lones rounded out the crew.  Their aircraft would be flying in a two-ship formation with another A-20 piloted by Lieutenant Lawrence Bever.  About 1400 hours, approximately seven miles north of New Augusta, Mississippi, the left wing of Bever’s aircraft struck Gus’s airplane, tearing away the right elevator and the horizontal stabilizer and rendering the aircraft uncontrollable.  Gus’s airplane went into a spin and crashed killing all aboard.  Bever’s aircraft was able to return to base, but was significantly damaged.

The accident that claimed the lives of Groce, Pritchard, Kaiser and Lones was one of thirty-nine involving stateside Army Air Forces’ aircraft that day.  Five of these including fatalities.  For that first week of September 1942, the Army Air Forces averaged more than thirty-six accidents per day, most of them relatively minor—but not all. On average, nearly five accidents per day resulted in fatalities.

Such was the cruel arithmetic of America’s rapid military build-up, an expansion that would, along with American industrial production, sound the death knell for the Axis dictators and result in an Allied victory three years later.

Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr. is buried at the Wellford Baptist Church Cemetery.

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2020 Tigers on Tour!

The Clemson Alumni Association, IPTAY and the Clemson Forever Fund are hitting the road for the ‘Tigers on Tour’ in California, August 9 – 12. We invite you to come out and see us at on

e of our stops along the way from 6-8pm each evening:

Friday, August 9: San Francisco | @ The Boardroom

Sunday, August 11: Los Angeles | @ The Parlor

Monday, August 12: San Diego | @ Union Kitchen & Tap – Gaslamp

Join your Clemson Family for appetizers (on us!!), drinks, and to enjoy Clemson fellowship while hearing updates and learning how you can stay engaged with the University, Clemson athletics and your local Clemson Club. Come on out and hear how alumni and Clemson friends like you can make a difference. Click the locations above to register for each event. 


From New York City to California and places in-between, we are taking the #TigersOnTour this year to tell you about what is going on at Clemson and how YOU can make an impact. Supporting Clemson is important and your participation matters!

We’re excited to CU soon! Go Tigers!


Senior Week 2019

Senior Week April 22-27, 2019

The Clemson Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association are excited to host Senior Week 2019 Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th 2019.

All students graduating in May, August and December of 2019 are invited to join us for this week-long celebration. Considered a “bucket list” of Clemson traditions, the Student Alumni Association has a week full of events, activities and gifts for the class of 2019 to enjoy.

The week of events includes:

Date Time Event Location
Monday (4/22) 3:00 – 5:00 pm Tillman Bell Tower tours Tillman Hall
Monday (4/22) 5:00 – 9:00 pm Senior Gift Proceeds Night Your Pie
Tuesday (4/23) 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Class of 2019 Koozie giveaway Library Bridge
Wednesday (4/24) 4:00 – 6:00 pm Class of 2019 Baseball Tailgate West End Zone Parking Lot
Thursday (4/25) 3:00 – 5:00 pm Rub the Rock and Free Senior Prints Death Valley
Saturday (4/27) 7:00 – 10:00 pm Senior Ball – Ticketed event West End Zone



Ty Williams Student Alumni Council Member

Ty Williams

Name: Ty Williams 
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Major: Biosystems Engineering 
Favorite SAC event: Welcome Back Festival  

Why this is your favorite event: Welcome back festival is the perfect way to excite students to be back at school for the fall semester and to welcome the new incoming students with a fun, school-wide event. I love the environment of the festival and as a freshman I learned so much about the City of Clemson.  

Ashlea Willis Student Alumni Council Member

Ashlea Willis

Name: Ashlea Willis
Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Major: Microbiology 
Favorite SAC event: Ring Ceremony  

Why this is your favorite event: I love the meaning behind the Clemson ring! I cry at every ceremony because it is an honor for every student to receive their ring and be able to say “I went to Clemson!”  

Caroline Cavendish Student Alumni Council Member

Caroline Cavendish

Name: Caroline Cavendish
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Major: English
Favorite SAC event: Senior Week

Why this is your favorite event: I love this event because I love a good celebration and it’s a celebration that lasts a whole week!!! Senior Week celebrates the accomplishments of talented, intelligent, driven seniors who have given their all to Clemson for four years. I love being able to watch them have a good time before they walk across the stage in May.

Stewart Buxton

Name: Stewart Buxton 
Hometown: Columbia, SC 
Major: Communications
Favorite SAC event: Master Teacher  

Why this is your favorite event: This event celebrates what I believe a Clemson education should always represent. A teacher who makes a monumental impact on countless students gets the chance to see that they are deeply appreciated. I love the way this event shines a spotlight on those who often do not get enough thanks!  

Scroll of Honor – John Duncan McArthur, Jr.

“An All-Round-Fellow”

At least three Clemson men were on board the ship when it set sail from Southampton, England on the morning of Christmas Eve 1944.  The ship was the Léopoldville, a Belgian transport that had made twenty-four Channel crossings and had already carried 120,000 Allied soldiers to France.  On this particular voyage, Léopoldville was transporting two regiments of the American 66th Infantry Division plus a number of British soldiers.  None of them  would forget this Christmas Eve.

One of those on board Léopoldville as the last light faded from the winter sky was Second Lieutenant John Duncan McArthur, Jr. of Anderson, Clemson Class of 1944.  McArthur and his division had arrived in England only a month earlier and were now being hurried to France to reinforce Allied lines in response to the Germans’ winter offensive that would come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.

McArthur, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. McArthur, Sr. of East River Street in Anderson, had graduated from Boys High School and enrolled in Clemson College in 1940.  He had participated in extracurricular activities in high school and continued those pursuits on campus.  A textile chemistry major, Johnny demonstrated leadership abilities early on.  He was a member of Tiger Brotherhood, the Anderson County Club, the Pershing Rifles, the YMCA Cabinet and Phi Si, the textile honorary fraternity.  He was also a member of the swimming team.

McArthur was assigned to Company D-2 in what was at the time the largest infantry ROTC cadet corps in the nation.  By the time he began his junior year, Johnny was the cadet first sergeant of D-2.  He would have expected to attend ROTC summer training at the end of the school year and then serve as a cadet officer as a senior, but the War Department had other plans.  By this time of course, the war was raging around the globe and Clemson men were serving in every theater.  The demand for manpower—and especially for young leaders—was increasing rapidly as America continued the mobilization of manpower and industry.  During the spring semester of 1943, the War Department announced that seniors would go directly into service following their graduations.  McArthur and his classmates would forego their senior years on campus and go directly into basic training following the end of spring classes.  Those showing aptitude would have the opportunity to advance to Officer Candidate School.

McArthur was, not surprisingly given his record as a cadet, one of those selected for officer training.  He was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for OCS and, following its successful completion, was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the 66th Infantry Division, the Black Panthers, then training at Camp Rucker, Alabama.   On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26, 1944, McArthur’s regiment landed in Dorchester, England.  Their pre-combat training was cut short by the Battle of the Bulge and the division was rushed to Southampton for its Christmas Eve crossing of the English Channel.

Léopoldville was just five miles from its destination, the French port of Cherbourg, when at 1754 hours, despite an escort composed of one French and three British warships, it was struck by a torpedo fired from a German U-boat.  In the December darkness, Léopoldville began to sink.  Neither the captain, who spoke Flemish, or his crew, most of whom came from the Belgian Congo, spoke English.  Radio communications between ship and shore were also hampered by different frequencies.  As a result, most of the men on board ended up in the frigid waters, struggling to survive until they could be rescued.

One of those in the water as the evening turned to night was Second Lieutenant McArthur.  According to a newspaper report, McArthur, the Clemson swimming letterman, paddled among the survivors of the sinking ship helping those who were wounded or who could not swim.  Seven hundred sixty-two men were killed, including Clemson alumni William Ingram Lawrence and James Lee Loftis both of the Class of 1946, in the sinking of Léopoldville making it the second deadliest troop ship disaster in the European war.

Once they finally reached French shores and, on December 29 relieved the 94th Infantry Division, McArthur and the 66th were assigned to destroy by-passed pockets of German troops still remaining in northern France.  Over the next two months, the 66th conducted limited attacks to gather intelligence and reduce the pockets of German resisters.  On February 20, 1945, just eleven weeks before V-E Day, McArthur was killed in Germany.

McArthur was survived by his parents and two sisters. He is interred at Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France.   In reporting the death of one of the city’s sons, the Anderson Independent  wrote “He was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  Johnny was known as an all-round fellow and he will be missed by all who were fortunate in claiming him as a friend.”

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