Freshman College Assembly

Assemble to Grow, Learn and Make a Difference!

Building community through engaged learning. Held each Tuesday throughout the semester, weekly assemblies are designed to engage students in conversations with key local, regional or national leaders to both foster a sense of community and promote deep thought and discussion on critical issues requiring your leadership.

Students enrolled in University 101/102 are required to attend Freshman Assembly. Business attire is required.

What is business attire?

Traditional workplace attire demonstrates a high level professional appearance and maturity. A professional appearance and attitude along with good manners and poise are an effective combination for success in college and the workplace. 

Why are students required to own business attire?

Consistent with Claflin University’s Guiding Principle to offer excellent customer service and demonstrate professional appearance at all times, we ask that you represent yourself in attitude and attire in those most respected and professional manner, when attending formal university functions such as assembly, lyceum events and convocations.

How does business attire differ among men and women?


  • Pant or dress suit (navy, black or dark gray)
  • Skirt length (no more than 2” above knee)
  • Coordinated blouse (conservative)
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Moderate shoes. No stilettos.


  • Suit (dark solid color)
  • Long-sleeve shirt (white or blue)
  • Tie (conservative)
  • Belt (should match your shoes)
  • Dark socks
  • Conservative leather shoes

Past Assembly Topics

  • Margarita Anderson, author of Our Black Year
  • Columbia Ballet
  • Pandora Thomas-Envisioning a Sustainable Future
  • Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, Why We Can't Wait: Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now
  • Mr. Marcus Creighton, Mind over Money: Financial Literacy
  • Dr. Arthur Thomas, Knowledge is Power
  • Avoiding Identity Theft


Spring 2020-2021 Freshman Assembly schedule

All Assembly Events will be held virtually.  

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12th      Vision Board activity     View Recording     Passcode: +xz3CFv.

19th      Writing for Academic Success     View Recording    Passcode: D@N@2+7M 

26th      Maintaining your health and safety at a member of the Claflin family.     View Recording

**28th  Viewing of Just Mercy as part of the Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity & Clergy.  3:30-6:15.   ** This event will have it’s own zoom information and will be shared to the campus community.  This event is HIGHLY Encouraged for all Freshman.  


2nd       Arts in Action          View Recording 

9th        Investing in your future series: Workshop #1

16th      Academic Advising

23rd       Various workshops (choose one of the sessions):

                     Love Yourself--Ways to Demonstrate Radical Self-care during Covid

                     Virtual exercise; meditation; meet with faculty; community service; virtual games; 


2nd       March into Success/ Investing in your future series: Workshop #2.     
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9th        Author of 'Cuz

              Cuz book cover  copy

16th      Wellness Day

23rd      TBD

30th      Honors & Awards Convocation 


6th        End of the year virtual celebration

13th      Investing in your future series: Workshop #3

Below the following Highly Recommended Co-Curricular Events will be shared throughout the semester.  


9th Annual Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy

January 28 – 29, 2021.    |    Theme:  “Just Mercy”

Virtual Schedule

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Movie Viewing:  “Just Mercy”            
3:30 p.m. - 

Student Panel Discussion                   
6:15 p.m. – 


    Facilitated by Claflin University Faculty

Friday, January 29, 2021

Opening Worship                      
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.       

Keynote Speaker:  Bishop L. Jonathan Holston,

United Methodist Church South Carolina Conference 

Teaching Moment                             
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Presenter:  Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon
Topic:  Food Justice

Teaching Moment                             
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Presenter:  Rev. Amiri Hooker
Topic:  The Church and Justice

Teaching Moment                             
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Presenter:  Atty. Bakari Sellers
Topic:  Lady Justice

Sending Forth                                  
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rev. Larry D. McCutcheon


Claflin University Division of Student Development and Services

Office of Career Development

2021 Spring Executive Leadership Series



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Assembly Archives

August 18, 2020

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August 25, 2020

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September 2, 2020

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September 15, 2020

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January 12, 2020

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