Private, Christian college in South Carolina

Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

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The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Eclipse Over SWU - August 21, 2017

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Eclipse Over SWU - Solar Eclipse 2017 in Upstate South Carolina

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. - Psalm 19:1

Best Upstate South Carolina Location for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, but only those within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse. It just so happens that the main campus of Southern Wesleyan University in upstate South Carolina (Central, South Carolina) is right along the center of the path of totality, giving us one of the longest viewing times in the nation for the total solar eclipse—a full 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

So let's have a big party! Alumni, friends, parents, students, families and others—join us on the Gilbert Track and Field Complex and let's experience this grand natural event together with the longest total eclipse in Upstate South Carolina—better than any spot in Greenville, SC. Make your plans to see the solar eclipse 2017 over SWU!

When and Where

Monday, August 21, 2017
Partial Eclipse Starts at 1:08 p.m.
Eclipse Totality Begins at 2:37 p.m.
Gilbert Track and Field Complex at Southern Wesleyan University
215 Clayton Street, Central, South Carolina 29630

Directions  Campus Map

The first 3,000 to check-in will receive complimentary safety eclipse glasses.

Center line of the 2017 total solar eclipse path will pass right over Central, South Carolina, giving us one of the best upstate SC solar eclipse experiences.

Eclipse Lunch & Learn

Before the "big show," join the SWU Science Division for a fun and informative lunch and learn experience with Professor Ivy Kaufman. Hear more about the science behind this impressive natural event while enjoying a catered lunch. A great event for all ages.

10 a.m. - 12 noon
Bryant Lodge at SWU Campus

Limited tickets available

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Always follow safe solar-viewing procedures. The website owner assumes no responsibility for any person causing harm to themselves or others by following unsafe solar viewing procedures. By using this website, you agree to hold harmless the website owner for any harm caused by following unsafe solar viewing procedures. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided within this website. Southern Wesleyan University assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. For more information on how to safely view a solar eclipse, please refer to the viewing safety guides provided by the American Astronomical Society and NASA.