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New Student Orientation Week 2014

 

Claflin Welcome


Welcome, Claflin University Class of 2018!
You have selected an institution that will offer endless possibilities and exciting opportunities. The Freshman College and the entire University family will assist in your development through leadership, engagement, academic endeavors and transition into the University. 

We are committed to your success as a first-year college student and to all students in transition. The Freshman College places special emphasis on your goals and your ability to achieve them. We know that the foundation you build during your first year is vital to your success and, ultimately, graduation. 
 
Our goal is to: 
• provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere 
• connect you to the University’s resources and people
• acquaint you with the institution's expectations and values
• promote learning and discovery both in and out of the classroom 
• enable you to exhibit the Claflin Confidence and to become visionary leaders
 
Using the roadmap designed for you will assist as you navigate through college, connecting with faculty, meeting new people, starting your academic and career journey, and getting comfortable in your new home, Claflin University. I look forward to meeting you soon! 
 
Sincerely, 
Cynthia Duncan-Joseph 
Director, The Freshman College



DATES TO REMEMBER
(For more 
New Student Orientation Week
events, click here)

 
Saturday, Aug. 9 
Students Arrive 
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

President's Old-Fashioned 
Family Picnic
5:00 p.m.
Panther Plaza

 
Sunday, Aug. 10
Family Worship Service 
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
 
Family Information Sessions
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
W.V.M. Fine Arts Center
Ministers’ Hall
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel


Parting Ceremony
3:30 p.m.
W.V.M. Fine Arts Center

 
Monday-Sunday, Aug. 11-17
New Student
Orientation Continues

 
Thursday-Friday, Aug. 14-15
Freshman Retreat
 
Sunday, Aug. 17
Worship Service 
10:00 a.m.
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
 
Confirmation Ceremony 
4:00 p.m.
W.V. M. Fine Arts Center
*Special Attire Required

 
Monday, Aug. 18
Classes Begin 

ABOUT FRESHMAN WEEK EVENTS

Parent/Family Orientation 
We are pleased to welcome not only the class of 2018, but parents and other family members as well. We hope that you will enjoy the activities planned for you on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10. We have planned several seminars designed to provide information, materials and contacts to ease your transition as well as that of our new students. You will have an opportunity to get a feel for the Claflin Experience as you dine in the Claflin University Dining Center, help your student move into a residence hall, visit our bookstore, tour the campus, and shop or dine in Orangeburg. We look forward to meeting you on August 9, 2014! 
 
Parting Ceremony
The traditional Parting Ceremony is an event in which parents leave their cherished ones in the capable and caring hands of the Claflin family. At this ceremony, first-year students say goodbye to family and walk through the Arch of Confidence, cementing their commitment to college excellence. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. This is a “must attend” activity for all! 
 
Confirmation Ceremony
Held on Sunday, August 17, this occasion is the first time that entering students must wear The Freshman College special dress attire. During this ceremony, students are formally inducted into The Freshman College of Claflin University. Parents, family members, friends and other supporters are encouraged to return to the University to share this special occasion with the newly inducted Class of 2018. 
 
Convocation and Award Dinner
As a culmination of the first-year experience, the Freshman Convocation and Recognition Dinner, which takes place toward the end of your first year at Claflin, serves to bring the Class of 2018 together for the final time as part of the Freshman College. This is a celebration of the accomplishments of the members of the freshman class and their transition into the realms of the wider University. 
 
Assembly 
Regularly scheduled assemblies are designed to foster a sense of community that is open, just, caring, celebrative, and supportive. Please see The Freshman College required attire for more details. 
 
Community Service/Service Learning 
All Claflin University freshmen are required to complete 20 hours of community.