The morning kicked off with an assembly that was standing room only. Interim President Dr. W. Franklin Evans spoke to students and parents about the opportunities the university promises to provide. He said this was the largest crowd of freshman he’s addressed in three years.

“Our future is bright,” Evans said. “It’s brighter than ever before. I think we’ve got people engaged. And all of the talk, everything that’s centered on South Carolina State, the negative as well as the good, has gotten us to this point.”

South Carolina State needed to enroll 2650 students for the 2015-2016 school year to receive the funding outlined in this year’s budget. Monday, the board learned the goal had been met and then surpassed.

As of Wednesday, 2685 students were enrolled. University staff and the board of trustees expects that number to climb into the fall.

“Things are just going our way,” Evans said. “And we’re so excited, we needed that.”

Following the assembly, students got their keys and started moving into the dorms.

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