Upcoming Events

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Columbia, SC -- December 1, 2014 -- The Benedict College Concert Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the Antisdel Chapel on the main campus.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Linda L. Kershaw, will again perform an array of holiday music ranging from classical, spiritual, contemporary gospel, to popular music. Mr. Tom White will again accompany on piano. Benedict College's own, Dr. Thomas Moore, baritone, Mr. Andrew Loeffler and the Brass Ensemble, and Dr. Ronnie Hopkins and the NGOMA African Cultural Performance Troupe will also be featured. An ensemble from the Eau Claire High School Steel Drum Symphony, under the direction of Mr. Adrian Adams, will also appear.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President and CEO of Benedict College. You are invited to help us celebrate his leadership as we also usher in the Holiday Season.

For additional information, contact Dr. Linda Kershaw at (803) 705-4554.


Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Dr. Carl R. Wells To Speak At Benedict College's Baccalaureate Service December 7


Columbia, SC -- December 1, 2014 -- Rev. Dr. Carl R. Wells, pastor of Second Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, was the keynote speaker at Benedict College's Baccalaureate Service. The event was held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, in the Antisdel Chapel on the College main campus. The service was open to members of the Class of 2014, their families, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends.

The Baccalaureate Service is a traditional and religious service which celebrates the academic achievement of the graduating class. The graduates are commissioned to go forth to the next phase of their lives, to do well, and become a "power for good in society."

A native of Mayesville, South Carolina, Rev. Dr. Carl R. Wells earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. A 2010 graduate of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, he earned the Ph.D. in Public Health Administration. Portions of his dissertation, which focused on the impact of work-related and bound-related stress on the physical and emotional health status of the persons in the clerical professional, have been published in the Journal of Religion and Health and Pastoral Psychology.

Currently, he is employed by the University of South Carolina as the Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. In addition, Rev. Dr. Wells is an adjunct faculty member in the USC School of Music and has a faculty affiliation with the African American Studies Program.

In Columbia, SC, he has served as a trainer with the guardian ad litem program with the court systems, and has also served as the volunteer choir director for the Condor Elementary School Gospel Chorus.

A gifted presenter and motivational speaker, Rev. Dr. Wells has served as Diversity Education Consultant and trainer for numerous agencies including Fuji Film, Greenwood, SC; Michelin Tire, Greenville, SC; Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services, Columbia, SC; Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Columbia, SC; Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, SC; Columbia College, Columbia, SC; and Boise State University, Idaho.

He is married to the former Wanda Watson, and they have two children, Karli Janay and Caryn Nicole.


Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu


Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:00am

Columbia, SC -- April 25, 2014 -- The Benedict College Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2014 will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium located on Two Notch Road and Read Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Benjamin D. Snoddy will give the keynote address during the College's 144th Commencement Exercises.

Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. to be Featured Speaker at the Benedict College 144th Founder's Day Rally

bc_events_founders_day_rally_20140322_clifford_a_jones_srColumbia, SC -- March 17, 2014 -- Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr., Senior Minister of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at the Benedict College Founder's Day Rally. The event will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Antisdel Chapel, Benedict College. Music will be provided by the Benedict College Concert Choir. The program is free and open to the public.

The Founder's Day observance pays tribute to Benedict College's primary benefactor, Mrs. Bathsheba A. Benedict, a missionary and abolitionist who founded the originally named Benedict Institute in 1870, under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. Though it is specifically set aside to honor the College's founder, Mrs. Benedict, it is also the day when donors collectively make financial contributions to the institution. The Founder's Day Rally is one of the most significant events of the calendar year at Benedict College, and is a high point of the institution's Annual Fund Campaign. This historical event will unite people from churches and religious organizations, alumni, and community to show philanthropic support for the institution. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for Benedict to recognize and show appreciation to individuals, churches, and organizations that have donated financial, moral, and spiritual support to the institution.

This year's speaker, Rev. Dr. Jones, is a philanthropic and faithful supporter of the Baptist mission. He led a delegation to form a solid partnership with the Winterveldt School in Mabopane, South Africa for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to partner in the purchase and building of a fully equipped Christian educational center for grades Kindergarten through High School. He has organized and led numerous medical and religious mission teams of preachers, doctors, nurses, technicians, and teachers to provide needed healthcare, medical supplies, and educational training in Jamaica, Africa, and Guyana, South America for children and families struggling in poverty.

He is a strong supporter of senior citizen activities. In April 2001, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers recognized Dr. Jones as a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award because of his contributions and leadership in making our community a better place to live, work, worship, and raise a family.

"The Baptist E&M Convention Family is looking forward to celebrating the 144th Founder's Day Rally and worship service," said Rev. D.L. Grant, Sr., Director of Church Relations at Benedict College. "Baptists that represent 72 Baptist Associations will gather along with their moderators and pastors to show support for Benedict College. The convention has set its goal at $528,476.00, a 15% increase over last year."

Dr. James B. Blassingame, who serves as president of the SC Baptist E&M Convention and on the Board of Trustees at Benedict College, has assisted Rev. Grant in encouraging the Baptist constituency to meet the challenge. Although the Founder's Day Rally is held on March 22, the drive continues through June 30, 2014.


Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President, Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:00am

Dr. Jamey O. Graham to Speak at Benedict College's MLK Commemoration

bc_events_mlk_commemoration_20140121_guest_jamey_o_grahamColumbia, SC -- January 16, 2014 -- Dr. Jamey O. Graham, Regional Vice- President for the Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker at the Benedict College 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. The event will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014, in the Antisdel Chapel on the main campus.

The free program, which is open to the public, will be a time to remember the fight for freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and people. On this day, the College will pay tribute to the universal love, forgiveness and non-violence that embodied the peaceful spirit of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration is sponsored by the Religious Services Department and Student Affairs.

A native of Andrews, South Carolina, Rev. Dr. Graham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a teaching certification in Social Studies from Morris College. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS), and earned a Doctorate of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to his studies at CRCDS and McCormick Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Graham studied abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, which afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the Holy Land.

He has received many honors and awards including a listing in Who's Who among outstanding students in Colleges and Universities, Presidential Scholar, O.R. Reuben Scholar, Dean's List, recipient of the UNCF/Andrew Mellon Fellowship, and a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. honor scholarship at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Rev. Dr. Graham is currently pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. He has served as pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Darlington S.C. He serves also as Secretary of the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Association and is currently serving as a Regional Vice-President for The Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Rev. Dr. Graham has served on University of South Carolina Project Impact, and has also served on the Advisory Board of Project F.A.I.T.H (Fostering AIDS Initiatives That Heal). This is a state-wide demonstration project of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (SCHAC) designed to empower and build the capacity of churches and other faith-based entities to create local solutions to local problems. The initiative included the provision of funding for thirty-four churches within the state of South Carolina. He has previously served on the Advisory Board of South Carolina Community Bank.

Rev. Dr. Graham is married to the former Ms. Yvette Dukes, and they have three children, Jamey O'Neal Graham, Jr., Jayda Orin Graham, and Jasmyn Olivia Graham.


Contacts: Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 11:00am


Saturday, February 22, 2014

This festival is one of the largest College-sponsored in the nation.  It is an annual event for the entire family that has plenty of food, music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village. The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment, and dance lessons.  Other events include bounce houses outside for the children. 

Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day to include the national award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir and a special appearance by the Harambee Festival Community Choir featuring the Reverend James Bignon and various other performances.  Free Admission.   Call (803) 705-4409 for additional information and to register as a merchandise or food vendor.
Mays Human Resources Center Arena         9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M

Health Screenings at the Harambee Festival –Benedict College Health Center- Mather Hall

Prostate Cancer Screening
Diabetes Screening

Sight Screening

These free health screenings are made available by the Benedict College Health Center, Palmetto Health Community Services, and the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department of Benedict College and Dr. Stewart Darby.  For additional information call Ms. Melinda McCray at (803) 296-3461 or Dr. I. Emenike at (803) 705-4436.

Health screenings, art exhibits, and workshops are free, open to the public, and proceed throughout the day during the HARAMBEE Festival.
Mays Human Resources Center Arena

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Participants in this highly anticipated event include Vettes are Forever, Carolina Classic Car Motor Club, Midland Cruisers, Diamond Riders, and the Motorcycle Social and Auto Clubs Alliances of South Carolina (MSAASC).  This event will be held in the parking lot of the Allen University Campus Mall from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Harambee Saturday.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Benedict College, Allen University, and Athletes United, present a week-end basketball tournament for adult teams.  Form your teams and call 803-705-4822 for details on registration fees and eligibility.  Tournament begins February 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Allen University Gymnasium with a top intramural team from Benedict College versus a top intramural team from Allen University.  The tournament begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  There is no admission charge.


This segment of the Harambee Festival is for women only as it will recreate aspects of a spa, relaxation techniques, hair and facial care, nutrition, and other actives for the ladies.


This interactive and information session discusses relevant themes and issues that affect our elder citizens and caregivers. Support materials and care packages will be provided for caregivers and the elderly.  The session ends with dance lessons and dancing for those who care to do so!  Interested persons should report to the Harambee festival T-Shirt Table in the HRC Arena on February 22, 2014 for more information.


An historic tour of the historic Benedict College neighborhood Waverly District, the only residential African American National Register of Historic Places.  The tour will also include the Visanka-Starks House, home of former Benedict College President Dr. J. J. Starks. and related areas and historical locations.  An architectural tour featuring properties that contribute to the National Register District and/ or the Stained Glass Tour featuring five churches in the Waverly District. There will be advance and on-site registration.  Call Mrs. Catherine Fleming Bruce at 803-464-4149 for more information.

Click here for more plus other African American History Month Schedule of Events.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:30am to 5:30pm

The Benedict College Concert Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2013 in the Antisdel Chapel on campus.

This year’s concert will again feature a variety of musical styles. The choir, under the direction of Dr. Linda L. Kershaw, will again perform an array of holiday music ranging from classical, contemporary gospel, to popular music. Special guests for this year are Mr. Tom White, pianist, Benedict College’s own, Ms. Angela Blalock, soprano, and Mr. Andrew Loeffler, trumpet.

In the spirit of giving, the Benedict College Concert Choir has again partnered with the Office of Student Activities in the Toys for Tots Campaign. Please bring an unwrapped gift to the concert and help spread the joy of Christmas to a child. Contributions will be donated through Benedict College Student Government Association to SisterCare, The Hannah House, The Family Shelter, the Columbia Housing Authority, and other recognized children’s charities.

For additional information, contact Dr. Linda Kershaw at (803) 705-4554.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 6:00pm