Cecillia Georjian Hackett was officially introduced as Miss Claflin University 2017-2018 during her coronation ceremony Thursday, Oct. 26, at the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.
The ceremony featured performances, campus and organizational queens, special tributes and the crowning of Hackett.
Hackett, a Greenwood native, is a junior majoring in business administration and philosophy and religion. The Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College student is actively involved on campus and has represented the university as freshman and sophomore class president. Additionally, she has served as vice-president of the Student Ambassador Association, and a Peace Corps campus ambassador. In the community, Hackett serves as president of Pinky Promise, Inc., and she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Academically, she has presented at several conferences including the National Association of African American Honor Programs, National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Student Leadership Institute, South Carolina Leadership and Diversity Conference, Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit and the National Black MBA Association Conference.
Hackett values service, mentorship, and philanthropy. She has volunteered more than 300 hours of community service serving with C and M: Christian Learning Center, the Wesley Foundation, and several local churches and schools.
After graduating from Claflin, Hackett plans to serve in a year-long missions program before continuing her studies at Emory University's Candler School of Theology to obtain her master's degree in divinity. Hackett also dreams of becoming an international evangelist and world-renowned writer.