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Famous Clemson University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Clemson University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Clemson University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Clemson University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Clemson University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Clemson University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Clemson University.

This list includes John Edwards, Dolph Lundgren and more famous Clemson Alumni. Let's go Clemson Tigers!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Clemson University?” and “Which celebrities are Clemson University alumni?”
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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Seneca, South Carolina, USA

Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American lawyer and former politician who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice ...more

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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 61

Birthplace: Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden

Hans Lundgren (; Swedish: [ˈdɔlːf ˈlɵnːdgreːn] (listen); born 3 November 1957), better known as Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. Lundgren's breakthrough came in ...more

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Nancy O'Dell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Presenter

Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Sumter

Nancy O'Dell (born Nancy Evelyn Humphries; February 25, 1966) is an American television host and entertainment journalist. She served as co-anchor of the syndicated entertainment news show ...more
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Gaines Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 27 (1983-2010)

Birthplace: Greenwood, South Carolina

Gaines Adams (June 8, 1983 – January 17, 2010) was an American professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college ...more
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James Dickey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Lecturer

Age: Dec. at 74 (1923-1997)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

James Lafayette Dickey (February 2, 1923 – January 19, 1997) was an American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth United States Poet Laureate in 1966. He also received the Order of ...more
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Mark Tremonti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 44

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Mark Thomas Tremonti (born April 18, 1974) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a ...more

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Rob Huebel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 49

Birthplace: USA, Virginia

Robert Anderson Huebel (born June 4, 1969) is an American actor, comedian and writer best known for his sketch comedy work on the MTV series Human Giant and for his role of Dr. Owen Maestro on ...more
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Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 53

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia

Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965) is an American retired basketball player. He attended and played college basketball at Clemson University before playing professionally in the National ...more

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Shawn Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Shawn Weatherly Model, Actor

Age: 59

Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina, United States of America

Shawn Nichols Weatherly (born July 24, 1959) is an American actress and beauty queen who won the titles of Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1980. She went on to star as Cadet Karen Adams in the ...more
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William Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
American football player

Age: 56

Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina, United States of America

William Anthony Perry (born December 16, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons during the ...more

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Chester McGlockton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Chester McGlockton American football player

Age: Died at 42 (1969-2011)

Birthplace: Whiteville, North Carolina

Chester McGlockton (September 16, 1969 – November 30, 2011) was an American football defensive tackle who played for four teams in his twelve-season National Football League career from 1992 to
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Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
American football player

Age: 45

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Brian Patrick Dawkins Sr. (born October 13, 1973) is a former American football safety who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. He ...more

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David Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

David Horton Wilkins (born October 12, 1946) is an American attorney and a former U.S. Ambassador to Canada during the administration of President George W. Bush. Prior to the appointment, he ...more
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Chris Eatough is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Age: 44

Chris Eatough (born 30 October 1974, England) is a retired mountain bike racer who was part of the Trek Racing Cooperative team. He is a six-time 24-hour solo World Cup champion and five-time ...more
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Jim DeMint is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Politician

Age: 67

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, USA

James Warren DeMint (born September 2, 1951) is an American political advocate, businessman, author, and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from South Carolina and as ...more

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Charlie Whitehurst is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Charles David Whitehurst, Jr., (born August 6, 1982) known by his frequent nickname “Clipboard Jesus,” is a former American football quarterback who played college football at Clemson, and was ...more

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Tye Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: St. George, South Carolina

John Tye Hill (born June 3, 1982) is an American former college and professional football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons. He played college football ...more
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Chris Gardocki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
American football player

Age: 49

Birthplace: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Christopher Allen Gardocki (born February 7, 1970) is an American former professional football player who was a punter in the National Football League (NFL). Gardocki played for the Chicago ...more
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Aaron Buerge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Banker

Age: 44

Birthplace: Butler, Missouri, USA

Aaron Grant Buerge is an American businessman and television personality, best known for the role in The Bachelor.

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Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 63

Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida

Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Atlanta ...more

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Nikki Haley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Accountant, Politician

Age: 47

Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina, United States of America

Nimrata Haley (née Randhawa, January 20, 1972), known as Nikki Haley, is an American diplomat and politician who served as United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to ...more

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Jerry Oberholtzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Civil engineer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Gerald "Jerry" Francis Oberholtzer is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. Oberholtzer was the mayor of Snellville, Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Originally from ...more
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Arvin Babu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Venture capitalist
Arvin Babu joined Greylock in 2007. He is focused on early stage company investments in India. Prior to joining Greylock, Arvin co-founded two Greylock backed companies: Perfigo and Brience. ...more
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Jane Robelot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Newsreader, TV Journalist

Age: 59

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Jane Robelot (born October 9, 1960) was a co-anchor of CBS television's This Morning from 1996 to 1999. In the 1980s, she worked at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, South Carolina, then at then-CBS-owned ...more
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Jeff Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Clemson University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Bad Kissingen, Germany

Jeffrey Glen Baker (born June 21, 1981) is a German-born American former professional baseball player. He bats and throws right-handed. He played in Major League Baseball for the Colorado ...more