A new chapel on Clemson University’s campus will be named in honor of student Samuel J. Cadden, who died in a car crash last July.
Cadden, a 21-year old finance student, said his goal was to have a building on campus named after him, according to his parents Ken and Marry Cadden. The Caddens hope to achieve that goal for him and have donated $1.5 million towards the chapel’s construction.
Chairman of the student chapel committee Meredith Wingate is working with 35 other students to assist in the development, fundraising and marketing of the chapel. She said many students are looking forward to its construction.
“Last year, we actually did an awareness month about the chapel and held a vigil on campus because unfortunately so many students passed away last year,” Wingate said. “It was overwhelming the amount of support we received for the chapel. We had students coming up to us, wanting to know more information, you know, so excited to see this thing be built.”
The total estimated cost of the chapel is $6 million, meaning $4.5 million still needs to be raised before construction can begin.
“It is private dollars that are going to this, so we have to have 100 percent pledging to start the construction process,” Wingate said. “I really can’t give you a timeline on that. I guess it’s just whenever we meet that goal of $6 million.”
Based on proposed drawings, the chapel is expected to seat 125-250 people and will be located at the heart of campus.