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Diamond Y. Tyler

Nov 9, 2016, 08:08 AM
The people and opportunities that I have encountered at Claflin University have changed my life in a positive way that has ultimately helped to mold me into a driven, focused, intelligent, and poised young woman. I am thankful that I chose Claflin University.
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Diamond was recently named Miss Orangeburg County 2017. Diamond has a passion for community development and hopes to leave a legacy of love for the Orangeburg and the Claflin University communities.

Diamond is currently implementing what she learns in her music courses through her platform "Me and My Shadow", a platform supporting after school art programs. She advocates for area youth to invest in their creative talents and encourages youth to participate in courses such as painting, drama, chorus and dance.

"Having after school programs is priceless and truly pivotal. I believe in supporting children and investing in their futures," stated Diamond.


Orangeburg, South Carolina

Area of Study

Music Performance, concentration Voice

Extracurricular Activities

  • Claflin University Concert Choir
  • Alpha Kappa Mu
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • Various Community Service Projects
  • Professional Musician
  • Miss Orangeburg County 2017

Future Career Plans

To become an International Opera Singer for the Metropolitan Opera Company and a Licensed Mortician.

Claflin Student Diamond Y. Tyler


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