Elzey, SC State to welcome new students at 2013 Convocation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

This year will mark many “firsts” for SC State University President Thomas J. Elzey. The university’s 11th president will share similar new experiences with incoming freshmen and transfer students.


Dr. Walter Tobin, president of Orangeburg-Technical College
President Elzey and the university community will welcome new students to the campus at the 2013 fall Convocation, which will be held at 3 p.m. on  Sept. 12, 2013  at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.  A traditional ceremony, fall Convocation signifies the official welcoming of new first-year and transfer students.


With the theme “Preparing Leaders, Transforming Lives, Changing the World,” the event will focus on the university’s land-grant commitment to educate and train future leaders who will help to improve communities around the globe. 

Dr. Walter A. Tobin, president of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, will serve as the keynote speaker. An accomplished administrator, Tobin’s educational philosophy is centered on student achievement, enhancing educational programs and inspiring change through personal and professional development. Tobin earned a bachelor’s degree in math teaching from Clemson University, and he attained the M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina in education administration.

Following the keynote address, President Elzey will issue a challenge to the Class of 2017. Student Government President Akeem Brown and Miss South Carolina State University Sadia Robinson will recognize the academic achievements of freshmen scholarship recipients and introduce student organizations to those in attendance.

Fall Convocation is open to the public and all are invited to attend.