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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 2016 semester will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016.  Convocation is from 9:30-11:30 am.   

During the first part of the convocation experience, new students will participate in small group discussions with faculty at various locations on campus starting at 10:00 a.m. The times for departure and the room locations will be posted in August 2016.   Students are expected to bring their convocation essays to the conversations.   During the second part of convocation, new students will pass through the arch at Porters Lodge to the Cistern Yard where they will be welcomed to campus.    At the conclusion of the events on the Cistern Yard, new students can sign the class ledger (where their 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 students whose parents are in Charleston can make arrangements to reconnect with families after the program at 11:30 am. 

August 2016 Convocation Conversation Room Assignments

Rooms Campus Meeting Location 
10   Warren 120, 122-124, 220 Education Center 212
10   Warren 221-224 Beatty Center 216
10   Warren 225-227, 320 Education Center 216
10   Warren 321-323 Education Center 217
10   Warren 324-327 Maybank 207
10   Warren 420-423, 298 Meeting St.  Education Center 218
10   Warren 424-427 Education Center 118
10   Warren 521-524 Tate Center T130
10   Warren 525-527 Beatty Center 214
Berry   111, 113-115 Maybank 316
Berry   203-208 Education Center 213
Berry   209-215 Education Center 215
Berry   216,219, 221, 224-225, 226, 227  Maybank Hall 320
Berry   226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 232  Maybank Hall 317
Berry   233-236, 239-240 Beatty Center 212
Berry   241, 303-304, 306, 308, 310 Maybank Hall 303
Berry   305, 307, 309, 316 Maybank Hall 304
Berry   312-315 Maybank Hall 307
Berry   319-321, 325-326, 328  Maybank Hall 306
Berry   327, 329, 330, 339-341  Beatty Center 301
Berry   332-334 Maybank Hall 101
Berry   335-336, 628-631 Maybank Hall 302
Berry   404, 406, 408, 410 Maybank Hall 220
Berry   405, 407, 409, 411, 416 Maybank Hall 222
Berry   412-415,  419-421, 426 Maybank Hall 223
Berry   425, 427, 428, 430, 434-435,  439-441 Maybank Hall 211
Berry   432-433, 436, 503-507 Maybank Hall 219
Berry   439-441, 508-511, 519 521, 524 Maybank Hall 224
Berry   525, 527, 529, 531-532, 539, 619, 621, 624-627 Simons Ctr - Theatre 220
Berry   526, 528, 530, 604, 606, 608, 610, 639 Cato Ctr. 317
Berry   603, 605, 607, 609, 611, 628 Cato Ctr. 319
Buist   201-205, 214-217 Addlestone Library 227
Buist   208-212, 307-309 Education Center 102
Buist   302-305, 314-317 Addlestone Library Classroom 122
Buist   306, 310-312, 406-411 Addlestone Library 360
Buist   401-405, 412-417 Robert Scott Small 106
College   Lodge 202, 203, 307, 314, 315, 319, 321, 322, 401, 403, 404 Education Center 113
College   Lodge 409, 411, 412, 414, 416, 418, 421, 423, 501, 503, 504, 506, 507, 510   511, 512, 514 Beatty Center 220
College   Lodge 515-516, 518 520, 522-523 600, 602-604 606 - 607, 609-611 Education Center 107
COMMUTER   AND TRANSFER STUDENTS Silcox Gym
Commuter   and Transfer students 1 Rec Gym
Commuter   and Transfer students 2 Silcox 111
Commuter   and Transfer students 3 Silcox 116
Commuter   and Transfer students 4 Silcox 117
Commuter   and Transfer students 5 Silcox 146
Craig   201, 204-205, 208-216 EHHP Alumni Center
Craig   220, 221, 225, 330-332 Education Center 214
Craig   222-224, 334-336  Maybank Hall 208
Craig   230-232, 234-236 Education Center 201
Craig   301, 304-305, 308-316 Education Center 202
Kelly   House - 101-105, 112-114, 303, 305, 307, 311, 313, 315 Robert Scott Small 105
Kelly   House 314, 319, 320, 321, 411, 412, 414-415 College Lodge 612, 614-615 618,   620  Education Center 219
Liberty   102-118 Maybank 319
Liberty   120-134 Tate 304
Liberty   136-151,153,155 George Street Apartments 119, 406, 407 Beatty Center 218
Liberty   202-218 Beatty Center 320
Liberty   220-227,229,231 Tate Center T131
Liberty   232-251 Tate Center T132
Liberty   252-304 Tate Center T133
Liberty   305-322 Tate Center T315
Liberty   320-327,329,331, 332, 324, 336, 337 JC Long 219
Liberty   338, 339, 341 343, 345, 347, 351-356 Education Center 203
Liberty   358-359 361, 402-409 JC Long 336
Liberty   413, 418 420-427, 429 Education Center 101
Liberty   431, 432, 434, 436-439, 441, 443, 445, 447 Education Center 103
Liberty   451-456, 458, 459, 461, 518, 520 Education Center 111
Liberty   521-527, 529, 531, 532, 534, 536 Education Center 112
Liberty   537-539, 541, 543, 545, 547, 551-555 Maybank Hall 322
Liberty   618, 620-627, 629, 631, 632 Education Center 115
Liberty   634, 636 - 639, 641, 643, 645, 647, 651-653 Education Center 114
Liberty   637,639,641-655, Education Center 116
Liberty   654, 655 McAlister 132, 136 Rutledge Rivers 402, 403, 406 Education Center 120
McAlister   107, 108, 111-112, 114 124 Robert Scott Small 252
McAlister   125-127,129-131 Robert Scott Small 249
McAlister   201-205, 207 Maybank Hall 206
McAlister   208, 210-212, 214, 215 Maybank Hall 110
McAlister   216-218, 222-225 Maybank Hall 111
McAlister   226, 228-230, 232, 233 Robert Scott Small 104
McAlister   301-305 Maybank Hall 105
McAlister   307, 308, 310-312 Maybank Hall 107
McAlister   314, 316-318, 322-323 Robert Scott Small 251
McAlister   324-326, 328-330 Maybank Hall 103
McAlister   331-333, 401-402 Maybank Hall 112 
McAlister   403-405,407-408,410 Maybank Hall 104
McAlister   411-412, 414-417 Maybank Hall 108
McAlister   418, 422-426 Maybank Hall 115
McAlister   428-430, 432-433 Maybank Hall 113
McAlister   501-502,504-506 Admissions Office Info Ctr
McAlister   507-510, 515, 517 Maybank Hall 117
McAlister   518-520, 522, 601 Maybank Hall 116
McAlister   602, 604-609 Education Center 110
McAlister   610, 615, 617-620, 622 Robert Scott Small 250
McConnell   103-105 Stern Center 205
McConnell   106-108, 201, 203 Jewish Studies Center, Arnold   Hall - 1st floor
McConnell   204-207 Maybank Hall 210
McConnell   208-210 Stern Center 206
McConnell   301-304 Stern Center 201
McConnell   305-308 Education Center 116
McConnell   309-310, 401-402 6 Glebe, First Classroom
McConnell   403-405 Robert Scott Small 248
McConnell   406-410 Robert Scott Small 103
Rutledge   Rivers 105-106, 201, 203-205 Robert Scott Small 101
Rutledge   Rivers 206, 301, 303-305, 401 Robert Scott Small 102