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 Porter's Lodge and convene in the Cistern Yard to join the College of Charleston community. The inscription on that historic arch reads (in Greek) "Know Thyself." 

Convocation for the fall 2021 semester will be held on the Monday, August 23, 2021 in a virtual environment.  Convocation is from 10:00-11:30 am.   Freshman students will be enrolled in a convocation class in OAKS where they will be able to meet their faculty and classsmates before their on-campus discussion where they will submit their convocation essay.  

During the first part of the convocation experience, new students will participate in small group discussions with faculty at various locations online starting at 10:00 a.m. The locations of your room assignment will be posted in August.  Students are expected to submit their convocation essays with their names on the essays at the on-campus discussion.  We will have a few online discussion groups for students who are taking only online classes.    

After the discussion, student will celebrate the second part of convocation by passing through the arch at Porters Lodge to the Cistern Yard for the convocation celebration before Maroon Mayhem in the afternoon.