bc_events_usa_president_visit_20150306_barack_obamaBenedict College family is honored to be the host site for President Barack Obama's first visit to South Carolina since his election. Given the high level of interest expressed regarding opportunities to be a part of this historic occasion, we are pleased to share the following information:

Where: Benjamin E. Mays Human Resource Arena
When: Friday, March 6, 2015
Who: Only invited, ticketed guests will be permitted entry into the venue. Students with leadership roles on campus will receive priority consideration.

Benedict College students, faculty, and staff who do not receive an invitation and wish to view the live stream of resident Obama's address may obtain tickets for a special viewing in Antisdel Chapel. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on Thursday, March 5th in Antisdel Chapel between 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Purple tickets).

We thank you in advance for your patience during this momentous occasion!

Kymm Hunter- 803.705.4519 or
Carolyn G. Wigfall-803.705.4366 or

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:00am


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Welcomes the national and internationally known traditional gospel artists -- The Sensational Nightingales whose songs include "I Want to be at the Meeting", "See You in the Rapture", "There's a Leak in this Old Building", "Morning Train", "Somewhere Listening for My Name" and many, many more.

The Harambee Festival Community Choir will sing with the Sensational Nightingales at the Harambee Festival on Saturday and at the concert on Sunday.

The Harambee 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. There is a separate Food 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, the Harambee Festival Community Choir,  and a special appearance by the Harambee Festival Community Choir, various other jazz, R&B, gospel choirs, praise dancers, international performance, and  much more.

Dancing in the College’s Dance Studio - Put on your dancing shoes, get some exercise, and have some fun!!

The Women’s Village and Boutique. Just for Women. This is your time to learn more about issues important to you while being pampered. This appeals to the mind and the heart.

Workshop for Caregivers. This workshop provides invaluable information for those who provide medical and other care services for those in need. The workshop will be facilitated by professionals in that area. For further information, please call Ms. Sharon Brown at 803.705.4661 or Mrs. Brenda Clark at 803.705.4385 in the Social Work Department.

Car and Bike Show - Enjoy viewing some of Columbia’s vintage cars and bikes.

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. To pre-register for a diabetes or prostate cancer screening, please call 803-296-CARE (2273).

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

Free Admission. Call (803) 705-4409 for additional information and to register as a merchandise or food vendor.   

Location: Mays Human Resources Center Arena 9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M

View slides of previous Harambee Festivals

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 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.