Rion Holcombe, a 20 year old with Down syndrome, gets a special letter in the mail and his dream come true, the chance to become a college student! The program he was accepted to is called Clemson Life. As he receives the news, Rion smiles from ear to ear with his genuine gratitude shinning.
The program at Clemson, Clemson Life is geared and focused on providing all students with a chance to develop their higher education learning. Here is what they believe and say their mission actually is.
- That all young adults go through a similar development process that requires certain activities, experience and support.
- That all young adults must develop skills and an understanding about themselves and the world around them in order to fully participate in society and to become successful, contributing adults.
- That higher education is a vehicle for self-empowerment and access to social networks, employment, and independence.
- That group membership provides essential motivation and support for learning and participation in community life.
The mission of the ClemsonLIFE™ Program at Clemson University is to provide a coordinated course of study that includes career exploration and preparation along with self-awareness, discovery, and personal improvement through a framework of courses, job internships, and community participation.
Rion Holcombe, Student With Down Syndrome Getting Acceptance Letter