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

Mr. Matthew Coverson-Springs

Matthew Coverson-Springs
Admissions Counselor/Recruiter


Meet Matthew

Where are you from?

Aiken, South Carolina

What do you enjoy most about working in CU's Office of Admissions?

I enjoy the traveling, meeting new people, and assisting youth with making their greatest investment for themselves: their education. 

Do you have a favorite spot on campus?

The pavilions are the best spots. Cool shade and the outside air make it the perfect place to unwind.

What's the best tradition or campus event at Claflin University?

The best traditions at Claflin University are Homecoming and Calabash. Claflin's campus life and love for the Arts are unmatched.

Any favorite restaurants or hangouts in Orangeburg?

Tea Thyme.

Music I Love

Classic Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, all types. 

Books I Love

"Move Your Bus" - Ron Clark

"The Bluest Eye" - Toni Morisson 

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the illustrious Claflin University.

Favorite Quotes

"Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it." - James Baldwin

"Are you a different animal and the same beast?" - Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant

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