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 2022 semester will be held on the Monday, August 22, 2022.  Convocation is from 10:00-12:00 pm.   

During the first part of the convocation experience, new students will participate in small group discussions with faculty at various locations starting at 10:00 a.m. The locations of your room assignment will be posted in August.  

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.   

The program is scheduled to conclude around 12:00 pm.  The program is juts for students so families who are in Charleston can make arrangements to reconnect with their student after the program at 12:00 pm.