Claflin University Celebrates HBCU Week, Panther Fest with Weeklong Schedule of Events

Sep 24, 2014
Historically black colleges and universities offer culture, a rich history and rigorous academic programs. Most importantly, they prepare students for leadership and life after graduation.

Claflin University is celebrating the contributions of HBCUs and their impact on our communities during HBCU Week, September 21-26, 2014. The community is also invited to show its Panther Pride during Panther Fest, which will run concurrently.

The theme for this year’s HBCU Week is “HBCUs: Innovators for Future Success.”

Claflin’s HBCU Week/Panther Fest Kick-Off was held at noon Monday, September 22, on Panther Plaza. Student leaders briefly shared their HBCU experience, and Mr. Drexel Ball, vice president for administration at the University, read President Barack Obama’s HBCU Week Proclamation.

Five lucky students in attendance received one of two iPad Minis and three $100 book store vouchers.

On Tuesday, Claflin kicked off its Sustainability Initiative during the Freshmen Assembly, and an underage drinking prevention town hall was held that evening.

The purpose of HBCU Week is to strengthen the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide excellence in education. Events planned for the rest of the week include:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 – International Student Association Power Hour – 6:00 p.m. – James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Different Faces, Different Cultures – 7:30 p.m. – Ministers’ Hall
  • Thursday, Sept. 25 – Pep Rally – 7:00 p.m. – Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
  • Thursday, Sept. 25 – Late Night Breakfast – 10:00 p.m.-midnight – Claflin University Dining Hall
  • Friday, Sept. 26 – Unity Greek Stroll Off – 7:00-11:00 p.m. – Panther Plaza

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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