SC State Fall Convocation rescheduled for Oct. 9

Thursday, September 27, 2007

ORANGEBURG – SC State will formally welcome the Freshman Class of 2011 and other new students to the University community at its 20th Annual Fall Convocation.

The Fall Convocation will be held in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. The keynote address will be given by the Reverend Dr. Lewis M. Anthony, senior pastor of Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church in Washington, D.C. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The annual event is the formal academic program that introduces the newest members of the SC State family – freshmen and other new students – to the University family. Previously scheduled as a September outdoor event in Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium, the convocation was originally postponed due to inclement weather.

The Reverend Dr. Lewis M. Anthony, known as “Pastor Anthony,” serves as the senior pastor of the historic Metropolitan Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Washington, D.C., a former station on the famed “Underground Railroad” and the birthplace of the first public school for Washington’s African American children.

Pastor Anthony has a long and distinguished history of public service and advocacy, having served in the administrations of the District of Columbia’s first two elected mayors, and as the director of the Congressional District Office of its first elected representative to the Unites States House of Representatives.

Pastor Anthony is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Van Am Prize Medal of Columbia University, the Distinguished Public Service Award of the District of Columbia, the Grassroots Award for Community Service from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the National Trio Achievers Award of the National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations. In 2000, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Washington (D.C.) Hall of Fame, receiving the Legacy Award for Religion.

A widely traveled speaker, teacher and preacher, Pastor Anthony serves as Protestant chaplain of Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department, national adviser to the Anti-Drug Program of the Congress of National Black Churches, special consultant to the National Crime Prevention Council and a member of its Advisory Council on Community Responses to Drug Abuse.

A native of Washington, D.C., he earned degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities.

For additional information, please contact Terrence Cummings, convocation chairman, at (803) 533-3721 or