September 16, 2022
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In Case You Missed It - 2022 Matriculation Day Convocation
Claflin University held its 154th Matriculation Day Convocation on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 11 a.m. in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex. Matriculation Day Convocation symbolizes the official opening of the new school year. President Dwaun J. Warmack served as this year's keynote speaker. Also, the executive officers of the Student Government Association were officially inducted for the 2022-2023 academic school year.

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Statistics of the Class of 2026
Celebrating Claflin's National Rankings and Accolades
Claflin University has been ranked No. 9 among the 2022-2023 Best Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) by U.S. News & World Report. Claflin has earned a spot in the U.S. News Top 10 Best HBCUs for 12 consecutive years. The University is ranked No. 1 in Annual Alumni Giving Percentage among HBCUs and No. 20 in the Top Performers on Social Mobility category among national liberal arts colleges/universities. Click here to read the full story. You can also share the above video.
PantherCam - Racial Equity Community Impact Fund Convening
President Warmack participated in a panel discussion titled “Improving Health Outcomes: Addressing Social Determinants of Health as a Social Justice Strategy” at the Racial Equity Community Impact Fund Convening in San Francisco, Calif., sponsored by Gilead Sciences, Inc.. Claflin University was awarded $525,000 from Gilead Sciences, Inc. to support initiatives and programs conducted by the University’s Center for Social Justice.
HBCU Day of Prayer
Rdevia announces the inaugural HBCU Day of Prayer on Sunday, September 18 at 8:45 a.m., presented in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

HBCUs have a longstanding foundation of faith, in fact, a substantial amount of HBCUs were
established by religious groups and continue those relationships today. Without a doubt, the faith of the religious leaders who established these schools have played significant roles in providing access to education to African-Americans for nearly 200 years. Through HBCU Day of Prayer, these relationships will be highlighted in ways they have not been before and refreshed as colleges and universities continue to plan and pivot their future.

HBCU Day of Prayer will feature words from Claflin University President Dr. Dwaun Warmack and Dr. Raphael X. Moffett, senior trustee of Rdevia. Prayers will be given by Rev. Maxine S. Bolden (Tougaloo College), Rev. Debra Haggins (Hampton University), Rev. Kevin Kosh Jr. (Jackson State University), Rev. Tonya Miles (Clark Atlanta University), Rev. C.J. Rhodes (Alcorn State University), and Rev. Joseph Scrivner (Stillman College).

HBCU Day of Prayer will be the first event of 2022 National HBCU Week. To view the HBCU Day of Prayer, you can visit

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Faculty News
Dr. Nicholas Hill, dean of the School of Business and professor of economics, was featured in a news story produced by WLTX Channel 19, a CBS affiliate, about the pandemic and how the supply chain has affected the furniture industry. Hill's interview was recorded in Claflin University's Mass Communications Department's studio. Click here to watch the story.
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