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Claflin University

Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

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Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership. In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research and oral and written communication skills, the university invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.

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For second year, leaders of HBCUs gather to discuss LGBT inclusion (Washington Post—7/12/18)
Jodie Patterson is a graduate of a historically black college. She is also the mother of a young transgender boy. And as a parent, she said, she knows what she wants to see from schools. “I need to see conversations,” she said. “I need to be a part of those conversations.” >> Read More

April Ryan Challenges and Encourages Graduates at Claflin University’s 148th Commencement
Distinguished author and White House correspondent April Ryan challenged the Claflin’s Class of 2018 to make their mark on society through political and social engagement, as they begin the next chapter of their lives. She also told the graduates to look back from where they came to see their hopes for the future.

“When I graduated from college in 1989, I could have never imagined questioning four presidents from the United States,” said Ryan in her keynote address on Saturday (May 12) to 385 visionary scholars and their families and friends at Claflin’s 148th Commencement. “In the times in which we live today, you need to be open to what life brings you. This chapter is closing at this moment. It’s the next day that matters. And, if after graduating from this wonderful HBCU you don’t know who you are, you don’t know where you are going.” >> Read More

Claflin Staff and Notables


Every decision is made with the expectation that it's excellence or nothing. Anything less than excellence is not an option.

Dr. Leonard Pressley, Jr. Professor, Biology and Physical Therapy; Claflin Alumnus