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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 2014 semester will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014.  Convocation is from 9:30-11:30 am.   

During the first part of the convocation experience, you will participate in small group discussions with faculty and alumni at various locations on campus starting at 10:00 a.m. The times for departure and the room locations will be emailed out on August 4th.   During the second part of convocation, you along with other new students will pass through the arch at Porters Lodge to the Cistern Yard where you will be welcomed to campus.    At the conclusion of the events on the Cistern Yard, you can sign the class ledger (where you name will be added to the long list of students who have attended the College of Charleston) and enjoy a brief reception.  The program is scheduled to conclude around 11:30 am.  The program is just for students so you can make arrangements to meet up with families after the program at 11:30 am.