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Countdown to the 2018 Commencement Convocation

According to the calendar, there are three days remaining until the 2018 Commencement Convocation at Claflin University on Saturday, May 12. Please visit the University's website for an outline of all activities including a schedule of events, speakers, Golden Anniversary Class, hotels, directions, and more. The baccalaureate speaker is Rev. Otis Scott Jr., '69, and the commencement speaker is White House correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan. Click here to view the Commencement Convocation live on Saturday.
Claflin University Commissions Four ROTC Cadets
Four Claflin University graduating seniors will be commissioned with the rank of second lieutenant (O-1) on Thursday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m., at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on the campus of South Carolina State University. They will also be recognized at Claflin's 148th Commencement on Saturday, May 12, at 11:00 a.m., at the Seventh-day Adventist Worship and Convention Center on Neeses Highway in Orangeburg.
The students have completed South Carolina State University's Bulldog Battalion Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program and earned active duty commission in the United States Army.
Since 1967, Claflin University has offered Air Force and Army ROTC programs through a cross enrollment agreement with South Carolina State University. The pilot program began with 13 students. Officially signed in 1972, the program was coordinated by the late Charles H. Johnson, dean of student affairs (1967-1986). By 1977, there were 107 students enrolled in the program, both males and females. To date, a total of 128 cadets (including this year's candidates) have been commissioned with the rank of second lieutenant through the program.
Meet Claflin's 2018 ROTC graduates:
Deandre Jordan Jennings, a criminal justice major from Columbia, S.C., will be commissioned in Army Reserve duty and serve in the Military Police Corps. Upon graduation, he will report to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC-B) and upon completion will be stationed in Decatur, Georgia.
Like most young adults, Jennings is eager about this next stage in life. "I decided to go into the service because I wanted to do something different with my life," he said. He is also excited about the opportunity to travel which will allow him to see other places in the world.
While at Claflin, Jennings served as a peer mentor which allowed him to serve as a mentor to freshman students. "Being a peer mentor is probably one of the programs that help me most to develop my leadership skills for the future. Having that experience really helped me develop for the future I have ahead of me," he said. Jennings is also a member of Lambda Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Latasha Camray Deasia Jones, an early childhood education major from Charleston, S.C., is currently serving in the Army National Guard. She will be commissioned in active duty and serve in the Signal Corps. After graduation, Jones will report to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC-B) and upon completion will be stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Jones comes from a family that has served in the military. "My interest seemed natural," she said. A few of her cousins have served in the Army, Navy, and Marines. Jones's sister served in the Army as well as both of her grandfathers, uncle, and great uncle.
After completing four years of JROTC at Burke High School, she joined the Army National Guard on August 6, 2013. She has chosen Signal Corps to serve because of her love of technology.
Graduating magna cum laude, Jones believes Claflin helped to prepare her for this new duty by exposing her to different cultures. She also appreciated the support she received from her professors. "My advisors and other staff in the School of Education supported and encouraged me when I was taking my teaching certification exams. The encouragement helped me and I was successful in the end," she said. 
Jessica Brielle Mozie, a business administration major with a concentration in accounting from Winnsboro, S.C., will be commissioned in active duty and serve in the Adjutants General Corps. After graduation, she was selected to go to Fort Knox, Kentucky as a cadre member for CST Advance Camp 2018. Afterwards, she will report to Fort Jackson located in Columbia, S.C. for Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC-B). Upon completion of training, she will be stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Graduating cum laude, Mozie chose to serve with the Adjutants General Corps because "it gives me the opportunity to take care of the Army's most important resources - people."

While a student at Claflin, Mozie was a member of National Associations of Black Accountants (NABA), Financial Management Association (FMA), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and SCSU Bulldog Battalion Army ROTC. "Claflin has helped prepare me for this service by increasing my leadership capabilities, surrounding me around a diverse group, and providing me the opportunity to network," said Mozie.

Nicholas Dashawn Williams, a computer science major from Hampton, S.C., is currently serving in the Army National Guard. He will be commissioned in active duty and serve in the Chemical Corps. After graduation, he will report to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC-B) and after completion will be stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. He will transfer into the Signal Corps upon completing his first tour of duty.
Williams chose this branch of service because he felt he needed discipline in his life. "The army fits my personality," said Williams. "The army humbles me and keeps me focused."
Williams is a member of the Gamma Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as well as a member of the Claflin University Men's Track and Field Team. Claflin University helped Williams for this new level of service to his country. "Claflin gave me opportunities to work with others. These experiences allowed me to grow and become prepared for this new journey," he said.
Claflin Hosts 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony
Thirty-one students were honored for earning masters degrees during the 2017-2018 semester at the 14th Claflin University Hooding Ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 in the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel. These students will receive their degree at the commencement exercises of Claflin University on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m., at the Seventh-day Adventist Worship and Convention Center on Neeses Highway in Orangeburg.

Claflin University offers masters degrees in business administration, education, and biotechnology. The University recently announced its newest masters degree in criminal justice. This year, the University will confer 16 masters degrees in business administration, 10 masters degrees in education and five masters degrees in biotechnology.

During the ceremony, representatives from each school gave a testimony about their experience at Claflin. Candidate for Master of Science Degree in Biotechnology, India Murph, who previously received a bachelors degree from Claflin, told the audience that her cohorts will become world-renowned physicians or Nobel Peace Prize recipients. "We will carry the Claflin confidence as we succeed as visionary leaders," she said. Murph plans on attending physician assistant school. 

After the conclusion of the hooding ceremony, President Henry N. Tisdale continued to challenge the students in their pursuit of excellence. "You must commit to excellence in all that you do. Let no one work harder , smarter, or more creatively than you. Your achievement  must be extraordinary," he said. " You must have a vision for your future. You must be able to see success even before it happens. Having a vision will help you wake up each day with a sense of purpose knowing  what must be done."

Student Spotlight - Mona Maharjan

Mona Maharjan, '18, (seated center front row) received best graduate poster presentation award in the field of bioinformatics and health sciences at SC Upstate Research symposium on April 13, 2018. She conducted her research under joint supervision of Dr. Mohammad Chowdhury, professor of biology, and Dr. Ananda Mondal, a ssistant professor of math and computer science. The title of her poster was " Determination of Biomarkers for Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Using Cytoscape-Based GO Analysis."
Congratulations to the 2018 CALA-bash Winners
Congratulations to the following winners during Claflin's CALA-bash celebration on April 1-8, 2018:

Poetry Slam:
1st Place - Krista Bradley
2nd Place - Briana Williams
3rd Place - Jasminn Dow

Film Festival:
1st Place Best Documentary and  2nd Place Short Film - Thalia Butts
Best Narrative Film - Aaron Nelson
Best Short Film - Jarrett Polite

Oratorical Contest:
1st Place - Tamara Gilliard
2nd Place - Christopher Etteh
3rd Place - Hillary Mokaya and Shantal Ewell
Alumni Notes
Ashley Flowers, '13 was the keynote speaker during Hemingway High School's 2018 College Signing Day on Tuesday, May 8, in Hemingway, S.C. Claflin was among other colleges and universities present to congratulate students on embarking on the next level of their education. During her speech, Flowers shared with students her Claflin experience, the benefits of being a member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College, the importance of accomplishing and setting goals, and rising above your circumstances. Flowers is pictured with Antonio McFarland, assistant director of admissions, who also attended the event.
Panther Pride
Kentucky State University Eliminates Claflin from 2018 SIAC Baseball Tournament

The Claflin University Panthers quest for the 2018 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) tournament title ended at the hands of the Kentucky State University (KSU) Thorobreds, 14-7, on Saturday, May 5. MORE

Claflin Falls to Kentucky State 2-0 to Finish Third at the 2018 SIAC Postseason Tournament

The Claflin University softball team had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning but left all three runners stranded as they fell to Kentucky State University, 2-0, in the third place game of the 2018 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) postseason at the Gordon Sports Complex in Albany, Ga.
The Lady Panthers finished the 2018 season with a 27-28 record.
Tiaria Norman and Kaela Robinson  earned All-Tournament Honors. MORE
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President: Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, '65
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