Claflin University Postpones Inauguration Week Activities

Mar 12, 2020

Claflin University administrators and members of our Emergency Preparedness Team continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19. Reports that the virus is spreading rapidly both in the U.S. and abroad compels us to examine and make adjustments if necessary to the University's academic and events calendars. The safety and well-being of our students, employees and the campus community is our top priority. For this reason, we will extend the Spring Break (for students only) through March 22. During this period, all campus events will be postponed. 

Also, the Emergency Preparedness Team with the support of our Board of Trustees agreed to postpone Inauguration Week activities and events scheduled for March 15-20. These activities include

  • First Daughter’s Family and Community Day
  • Panther Pride/Service Day
  • First Lady’s Hats and Gloves Tea
  • Presidential Lecture Series featuring Susan Taylor
  • HBCU Presidents vs. Claflin Students Basketball Game
  • Inauguration Prayer Breakfast
  • Investiture Service
  • Inauguration Week Benefit Concert featuring 112 and Marcus Allen

While we were excited about this historic celebration which had been in planning for several months, we realize we cannot place the campus community and invited guests potentially at risk during this unprecedented global health crisis. Individuals and sponsors will have the option to have their ticket or sponsorship credited as a donation to the University; apply their tickets or sponsorships to the event when rescheduled; or receive a full refund.

This is a challenging situation that requires the administration to make difficult decisions on a daily basis, which are reviewed as we gather more information each hour from public health officials.

As information develops, Claflin University’s Emergency Preparedness Team will keep the University informed. Timely updates will be sent by email, posted on social media, and sent through the emergency text messaging service ( You may also visit the University’s COVID-19 Resource Page ( for up-to-date information.

Your patience, assistance and cooperation are greatly appreciated. 

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack

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