Upcoming Events

03/26/2015 - 1:00pm to 03/29/2015 - 1:00pm
04/30/2015 - 8:00am to 05/08/2015 - 8:30pm


Benedict College Gospel Choir Presents
An Evening of Gospel Featuring
Dr. Bobby Jones, Ricky Dillard, David Bratton and the BCGC Legends


Columbia, SC --- January 12, 2015 --- The Benedict College Gospel Choir will present "An Evening of Gospel featuring Dr. Bobby Jones, Ricky Dillard, David Bratton, and the BCGC Legends". The event is set for 5 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, in the David H. Swinton Campus Center Ballroom, 1616 Oak Street, Columbia, SC. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. It will be held in honor of Dr. David H. Swinton for his 20 years of dedicated service to Benedict College. In addition, eight former Benedict College Gospel Choir (BCGC) members will perform including Regina Skeeters '02, Kevin Staley '99, Cedrick James '04, Chinae' Newton '04, Wendy Mitchell '03, Ma'neasha Lake '00, Christian Walker '10, and Briana Bratton '10.

The event will be an amazing evening of powerful music that will lift the spirits and move the souls of gospel music lovers young and old. During the event, a special musical tribute will be given by Dr. Bobby Jones in honor of Dr. David H. Swinton. Additional selections on the program include the Benedict Gospel Choir Say the Word CD, Bobby Jones CD, and David Bratton's Hit, Every Praise.

Tickets are currently on sale at $45 for VIP tickets (limited amount) which includes reception and meet the artists, $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, and $10 for College Students w/valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: The Benedict College Bookstore, 705-4813 and online at www.eventbrite.com.

Dr. Bobby Jones is Mr. Gospel himself, credited with taking Gospel Music to mainstream airwaves via cable television. Dr. Jones has been a mainstay and creative force behind the country's most unique and original musical genre. Bobby Jones Gospel, for which he is best known as host and executive producer, has been seen on BET since November 1980 and is one of the network's most popular shows. Jones, along with the New Life Singing Aggregation and The Nashville Super Choir, performs all styles of gospel music and welcomes an array of gospel artists. The Bobby Jones Gospel Radio Show and The Bobby Jones Gospel Countdown, air on The Sheridan Radio Network; both have become a favorite of Gospel Music lovers from coast to coast.

Dr. Jones has revolutionized the gospel music industry. Bobby Jones Gospel is the first and only nationally network televised black gospel television show and Video Gospel, which debuted in 1989, is the only nationally network television outlet gospel artists have to showcase their videos. Born in Henry County, Tenn., Jones always dreamt of a career in music. He excelled academically throughout school, graduating from high school at 15 and Tennessee State University at 19 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Jones continued his education by pursuing a master's degree at Tennessee State and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Jones taught elementary students in the Missouri and Tennessee educational systems.

Gospel singer Ricky Dillard was born and raised Chicago, where he inherited a love for gospel music from his mother and grandmother, and began singing in a church choir at an early age. Dillard soon began directing the youth choir in his church (starting at the age of five), and later the young adult choirs. It was around this time that Dillard came across two specific recordings that would inspire him to pursue gospel singing even more zealously -- James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace" with the Southern California Community Choir and the Institutional Radio Choir from Brooklyn, NY. Shortly thereafter, Dillard drew inspiration from other gospel performers as well, including Dr. Charles G. Hayes, Marvin Yancy, Thomas Whitfield, Darryl Coley, Biddy Cummings, Pastor Albert James, and the Tribal Mass Choir. Dillard continued to direct choirs locally, was a member of the Thompson Community Singers, and starting in the early '90s, began issuing solo albums (which often merged gospel with dance), including such releases as 1991's Promise, 1993's A Holy Ghost Take Over, 1995's Hallelujah, 1996's Worked It Out, and 2000's No Limit.

David Bratton, recent recipient of the 2014 Dove Award for "Urban Contemporary Song of the Year" for his hit gospel song "Every Praise", is not just a minister, songwriter/singer, producer, and musician, he is also a Benedict alumnus.

Recorded by Bishop Hezekiah Walker, "Every Praise" spent a year on the Billboard Top Gospel Airplay chart (with over 26 weeks at #1). The hit song has been translated into 15 different languages and is sung during worship in over 30 countries. On October 25, 2014, Bratton gathered a 200 voice choir and a host of worshippers for "Every Praise Live," a Worship Movement Experience and recording session at York College, Jamaica, New York.

John David Bratton (his full name) graduated from Benedict College in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. During his four-year scholastic journey, Bratton was fully involved in academics, but he reserved time out for extracurricular pursuits. He joined the Benedict College Gospel Choir, later becoming one of the directors; and you might say the rest is history.

Bratton mentored for two years as one of the Musical assistants to the Minister of Music at The Brooklyn Tabernacle of New York, winners of six Grammy Awards, where Jim Cymbala is the Pastor and Carol Cymbala is the Minister of Music. He was blessed with a great opportunity to be a blessing to the Kingdom of God in a different part of the vineyard. Bratton is writing a book, which will be aptly entitled "How to be a Master Ministry Musician". He is also the music coordinator for the CCFM Conference of Churches, working closely with the founder, Bishop Michael Blue of Marion SC. He is also the co-founder, along with his wife Valena, of "God's Blueprint for Life Ministry," a mentoring experience for psalmists, spoken word, liturgical dance ministry, and the Arts.

For additional information, please call (803) 705-4519 or (803) 705-4366.


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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Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

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


Saturday, February 28, 2015

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. 

There will be a special presentation from the Benedict College Harambee Festival Family to Dr. David H. Swinton in commemoration of twenty years of dedicated service to Benedict College.

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, 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 Sight Screening
Diabetes 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.  This program is one in a series of Events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President of Benedict College.

Mays Human Resources Center Arena

View slides of previous Harambee Festivals

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Columbia, SC --- December 5, 2013 --- Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., President of Livingstone College, will deliver the winter commencement address during the Benedict College 144th Commencement Exercises. The ceremony is set for 9 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013, in the Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center Arena on the main campus.