Claflin to hold inauguration activities

Mar 02, 2020

President Dwaun J. Warmack meets with Panther reporters.


The inauguration of Claflin University President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack on March 15-20 will begin a new chapter in the institution's history spanning more than 150 years. The investiture ceremony will be held on Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m. in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex when Warmack will be formally installed as Claflin's ninth president.

It has been more than a quarter century since Claflin last hosted a presidential inauguration. The theme for Warmack's inauguration is “Building on the Past, While Transcending Into the Future.”

The Claflin University Board of Trustees and the University's administration invites supporters from throughout the campus community and beyond to attend the inauguration week activities and events.

Sunday, March 15, 2-6 p.m.

First Daughter's Community & Family Day

Goff Avenue

Join the first daughter, Morgan Warmack, as we celebrate the vibrant mix of cultures on the Claflin campus and officially kickoff a week of celebrating the inauguration of her dad, Claflin's ninth president, Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack.

Free and open to the community.


Monday, March 16, All Day

Panther Pride/Service Day


 Join us as we preserve and maintain the beauty of our historic campus. Claflin University was listed among the most heavenly HBCU campuses by Black Southern Belle Magazine. The campus is defined by its historic district, buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places that include Lee Library, Tingley Memorial Hall and Ministers' Hall. These buildings received the time-honored Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Free and open to the community.


Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m.

First Lady's Hats and Gloves Tea

Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex

 The First Lady's Hats and Gloves Tea is a fundraiser that supports the university's mission of providing scholarships to help students graduate with a Claflin degree. This will be the first scholarship tea for First Lady LaKisha Warmack. The First Lady's Hats and Gloves Scholarship Tea is held in conjunction with Women's History Month, which is observed nationally in March. This year's theme,"Valiant Women of the Vote," salutes the women who have been at the forefront in the struggle for women's right to vote in the United States.

 Cost: $75/person; $700/table of 10

Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m.

Presidential Lecture Series

Speaker: Susan Taylor

Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine

W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

Susan L. Taylor is the founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement. After 27 years at the helm of Essence Magazine, Taylor left publishing to devote her life to building the National CARES Mentoring, founded as Essence CARES. The National CARES mission is to help end inter-generational poverty by securing and transforming the lives of under-resourced Black children. National CARES affiliates recruit caring adults to serve as mentors and role models at local youth-serving organization. The national group-mentoring programs focus on the emotional, social and academic development of children and the wellness of the adults who parent and mentor them.

Free and open to the community.


Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.

HBCU Presidents vs. Claflin Students Basketball Game - Who Got Game?

Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex

 Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack has formed a team of presidential colleagues to play against Claflin University students. Who will have "bragging rights" of winning the Inauguration Basketball Game?

 Free and open to the community.


Friday, March 20, 7:30 a.m.

Prayer Breakfast

Ministers' Hall

Various leaders of faith-based communities will come together to pray for the leadership of Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack as he continues to serve as the ninth president of Claflin University.

By invitation only.


Friday, March 20, 10 a.m.

Presidential Investiture Ceremony for Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack

Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex

The investiture is the "formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office."

Free and open to the community.


Friday, March 20, 7 p.m.

Inaugural Benefit Concert



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