What and when is Convocation?

Convocation is an annual celebration at which students and faculty gather to celebrate the official opening of the scholastic year. Originally, “convocation” meant a gathering of the clergy or the divisions of a diocese; however, at the College of Charleston, the word and the event have evolved from their ecclesiastical roots to embrace the intellectual community as well.

The College’s convocation welcomes new students to the liberal arts and sciences community and encourages them to consider their own intellectual journey. This occasion also serves to familiarize incoming students with the College’s academic traditions as well as the institution’s history, symbols and mottos.

As part of convocation, new students pass through the arch at Porters Lodge and convene in the Cistern Yard to officially sign “the book.” The inscription on that historic arch reads (in Greek) “Know Thyself.”

Convocation for the fall 2015 semester will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015.

All new undergraduate students are expected to attend Convocation. It is the first formal event of your college career, just as Commencement is the last.

For more information:

Call the Office of New Student Programs at 843.953.2017 or the Office of Academic Affairs 843.953.5527.