Joseph Vaughn Day to be celebrated Friday, Jan. 27

January 20, 2023

Dear Campus Community,

This year, the anniversary of the day Joseph Vaughn enrolled as Furman’s first Black undergraduate student, on Jan. 29, 1965, falls on Sunday. In order to celebrate this occasion with as many people as possible, we will observe Joseph Vaughn Day next Friday, Jan. 27.

Please join me as we gather on the steps of Daniel Chapel at 12:15 p.m. At 12:30, Franklin Ellis, associate dean and director of the Center for Inclusive Communities, will deliver a few words of inspiration before we commence the walk of honor from the chapel to Joseph Vaughn Plaza.

On the Plaza, the program will include the confirmation of an honorary degree on Merl Code, a Furman trustee emeritus and a long-time civic leader. We will also hear a call to action from Edith Olivera-Bautista ’23, president of the Student Diversity Council. Edith is also a student athletic trainer, a Mosaic ambassador and a member of Senior Order.

In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the chapel.

I hope to see you Friday.


Elizabeth Davis