Frank Inabnit receives an honorary alumnus plaque from Clemson President James P. Clements

Orangeburg native Frank Inabnit named honorary alumnus of Clemson University

Frank Inabnit III of Jacksonville, Florida, has been named an honorary alumnus of Clemson University. Inabnit is a native of Orangeburg and son of the late Frank and Mary Stewart Inabnit.

Inabnit has been a loyal IPTAY member for 45 years. He has served as an IPTAY representative and has contributed to the Clemson Alumni Association for more than 25 years.

His father was an alumnus and grandmother lived in Central, which provided Inabnit the opportunity to visit Clemson often as a child.

He attended Florida Junior College and the Rochester Institute of Technology and he worked for most of his career in electrical drafting and programming. Inabnit retired in 2008 and enjoys spending time with family and visiting Clemson as often as possible.

His sister, Catherine Inabnit, was inspired to nominate him, writing, “Frank was born deaf. He has never heard the word Clemson. He’s never heard ‘Tiger Rag’ or the alma mater, but Clemson has been a very important part of his life and occupies a large and very special place in his heart.”

The Clemson Alumni Association president, Col. Sandy Edge, along with university President James P. Clements, presented Inabnit with the honor in the presence of his friends and family.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.


The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 1896, the program has connected members of the Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships.