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New Student Orientation Week 201​5



Welcome, Claflin University Class of 2019!
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! 
Cynthia Duncan-Joseph 
Director, The Freshman College

Required Reading for Class of 2019: Common Reader: Click Here

First-Year Student Common Read 2015 (3)


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(For a complete list of
New Student Orientation Week
events, click here)

Saturday, Aug. 8
Student Arrival/ Check-In
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, Aug. 9
Family Worship Service 
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
Family Information Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
W.V.M. Fine Arts Center
Ministers’ Hall
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

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

Monday-Sunday, Aug. 11-16
New Student
Orientation Continues

Wednesday, August 12
Last Day to Complete Registration

Thursday-Friday, Aug. 13-14

Freshman Retreat
Sunday, Aug. 16
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. 17
Classes Begin 


Claflin Connection Fall 2015 Cover

What to bring and other important information:

CLICK HERE to read 
Claflin Connection 2015


Parent/Family Orientation 
We are pleased to welcome not only the class of 2019, but parents and other family members as well. We hope that you will enjoy the activities planned for you on Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9. 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 8, 2015
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 9, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. This is a “must attend” activity for all! 
Confirmation Ceremony
Held on Sunday, August 16, 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 2019
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 2019 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. 
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.