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“Claflin University is the Perfect Place for Me”

Aug 29, 2012

Class of 2016 Filled with High Expectations for Learning and Success

I actually really love it here.  Claflin is exceeding my expectations,” said incoming freshman Juleanna Thorpe from Woodbridge, Va.

Thorpe was one of more than 430 freshmen from all across the country and the world that started their transition into higher education at Claflin University last week. The new students partake in a week-long orientation program designed to take the stress from the transition to college life and replaced it with the prospect for success.

The Class of 2016 features the largest contingent of international students with 22 from seven nations, 20 of whom are new members of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College.  This will also be the first class to go through Panther STEPS, a five-year plan to heighten freshmen grades and retention rates by enhancing entry level courses, creating more orientation classes, engaging students in community service and better preparing them for academic success.

“The fact that the Class of 2016 is one of the largest and most diverse internationally of any in University history demonstrates that Claflin is having a global impact,” remarked President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale.  “The dedicated faculty and staff – as we always have done – will work tirelessly to ensure each member of the Class of 2016 becomes a visionary leader who possesses a global perspective.”

Clayton Cooper from Philadelphia was already at Claflin this summer participating in the Panther Academy, a summer enrichment program for incoming freshmen.  He said the summer session was very fun and interesting but noted the orientation activities were most helpful.  “I really got to know the campus and meet faculty and staff,” he said.

Cooper is enrolled in the dual degree program for engineering that the University has with Clemson University.  He is aiming to perform well academically while making as many networking connections possible.  His dream is to design engines for a top NASCAR team.

“Claflin seems like the perfect place for me,” said Cooper.

The Class of 2016 was initiated into the Claflin family with a host of activities, including the Freshmen Retreat held at White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro. The annual Retreat serves to teach incoming freshmen leadership skills and prepare them for the transformational challenges they will face as a Claflin student.

Orangeburg’s Destiny Antley enjoyed meeting new friends at White Oak.  However, she also spoke highly of the speakers’ motivational messages at the Freshman Retreat.  The aspiring computer programmer for Apple is majoring in computer science.

During her first week at Claflin, Antley said she really felt welcome.

“The professors really care if you come to class or not.  I know it’s not like that at other schools,” she said.  “I really do think the overwhelming sense of support present at Claflin makes a tremendous difference.”

The Class of 2016 was initiated into the Claflin family with a host of activities, including the Freshmen Retreat held at White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro. The annual Retreat serves to teach incoming freshmen leadership skills and prepare them for the transformational challenges they will face as a Claflin student.

 Freshman Orientation Week began with the freshmen arriving to residence halls with anxious parents by their side. During the Parting Ceremony on Sunday, August 12, President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale assured the parents that their children would soon grow into confident young men and women of vision.

“I want you to meet and applaud the next generation of visionary leaders – the Class of 2016,” Dr. Tisdale said to a clapping audience.

Claflin's eighth president encouraged members of the class to be conscientious of their social and moral responsibilities. President Tisdale also encouraged the class to develop a global outlook, leadership qualities and a spiritual life.

“We want you to have big dreams,” Dr. Tisdale said.

The path to achieving those dreams began that Sunday by walking through the Arch of Confidence, a Claflin tradition to welcome students to the institution. 

Thomas said she was sad to her parents leave but excited to start the academic year.  “That was my favorite memory this past week seeing all the professors and staff after walking under the Arch of Confidence,” said Thomas, a biochemistry major.

The Freshman Confirmation Ceremony on August 19 concluded the first week of activities for the Class of 2015. At the ceremony, each member of the class pledged to uphold the hallmarks of the Freshman College, which are building character, confidence, pride, memories and pathways to success.

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