Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Freshman College Assembly

All Assemblies will be held in the virtual format via zoom.  In terms of participation, you are required to log into the zoom for each meeting.  

Assembly Expectations 

Assembly Attendance is part of your university 101/102 course requirements.    Excused absences must be cleared through completion of proper paperwork from Dr. Durant's office and shared with your UNIV 101/102 instructor.

The following etiquette is expected: 

  • Avoid distractions (i.e. looking at your phone or other devices)

  • Camera must be on unless instructor was informed prior to the start of assembly 

  • In accordance with the Student Handbook, students are expected to dress business casual for ALL Assemblies. 

  • Do not share the link with others.  Each participant is required to register and a zoom link will be sent. 

  • If needed, create a professional virtual background and be sure to use your legal name rather than nicknames


Assembly is NOT recorded.  In order to receive attendance credit, you will need to log on at the assigned time and submit the required assignment. 

We are in the process of setting up an Assembly Moodle page.  All Assembly assignments will be posted on the Assembly Moodle Page.  You are to upload your responses by the assigned due date.  

All instructors will have access to the page to review and grade your assignments in order to receive attendance credit.  Late assignments will not be accepted. 

Register in advance for each assembly using the following link: 

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
January 25th:  Music Department Recital, Dr. Eunjung Choi
February 1st:  "Can you help me? Yes, I Can: Reintroducing your University Resources" Roundtable w/ University Officials 
February 8th:  Vision Boarding. Facilitator: Chicquetta President
February 15th:  TBD (Hold for Career Pathways Presentation)
February 22nd:  Hold for Freshman Class Officers or Black History Month Event by University
March 1st:  Mindful Matters: Releasing the stress of daily life.
Facilitator: Samantha Paulin
March 8th:  Mid-term Exam Week, No Assembly
March 15th:  Spring Break Week, No Assembly
March 22nd: Experiential Learning 
March 29th:  Discussion of this year's common reader:  
'Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. 
Facilitated with Criminal Justice Professionals and Dr. J. Renee Trombley
April 5th:  Save Calabash Activities
April 12th/14th:  School Receptions/End of Year Transition
April 19th/21st:  School Receptions/End of Year Transition

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

Assembly Archives

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