After months of intense preparation, the time has arrived for Freshman Orientation at Claflin University. Dr. Mary M. Williams, chair of the Freshman Orientation Committee and Director of Panther STEPs, is eager to see the students who make up the Class of 2017. More than 400 freshman students are expected to report to campus on Saturday, August 10.
“We are extremely excited about this freshman class,” Dr. Williams said. “With each new class, you can see unlimited potential and the possibilities are endless. This class is a special collection of future visionary leaders and I believe their Claflin education will be important in a rapidly changing world.”
One of those incoming students is Amari Battiste of Kingstree Senior High School. Battise chose Claflin from among other colleges because of its nurturing environment, she said. “I will feel at home and will get a high quality education,” said Battiste, who plans to major in biology and ultimately become a pediatrician.
Freshman Orientation features a host of activities designed to facilitate an easy transition for the incoming students. One activity is the traditional Parting Ceremony that also involves parents or guardians on Sunday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Moss Auditorium in the W. V. Middleton Fine Arts Center. It will be followed by a retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday at White Oak Conference Center of Winnsboro, S. C. Freshman Orientation ends on Sunday, August 18 with another freshman tradition, the solemn Confirmation Ceremony at 4 p.m. in Moss Auditorium. Classes begin on Monday, August 19.
“I am confident this freshman class will assume its own identity among the future generations of visionary and ethical leaders with global perspectives,” Dr. Williams said.