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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 join the College of Charleston community. The inscription on that historic arch reads (in Greek) "Know Thyself." 

Convocation for the fall 2019 semester will be held on the Monday, August 19, 2019.  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 are listed below.  Students are expected to bring their printed convocation essays with their names on the 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 Cougar Commitment 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. 

The students will begin to leave their residence halls at 9:45 am with the discussions scheduled to begin at 10:00 am. The conversations will be approximately 45 minutes and the faculty will lead their student groups to Porter’s Lodge. 

For more information regarding convocation, please refer to http://www.cofc.edu/convocation/index.php

Convocation 2019 Discussion Room Assignments

Residence Hall

Departure Time

Berry Residence Hall

9:40 AM

Kelly, Warren and McAlister

9:45 AM

Buist and Rutledge

9:45 AM

Liberty

9:45 AM

Lodge

9:45 AM

Craig

9:45 AM

McConnell, Historic Houses, George

9:45 AM

Commuter Students

Arrive by 9:45 am at Silcox Gym

If you do not see your residence hall room on this chart, please email thecollegereads@cofc.edu for your assignment. 

The room assignment list was updated on Friday, August 16th at 6:30 pm. 

Residence Hall Location
10   Warren 120, 122-124, 220,  Robert Scott Small 235
10   Warren 221-223 BellSouth (AT&T) Building 315
10   Warren 224-225, 227, 320 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   310
10   Warren 321-323 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   324
10   Warren 324-325, 327, 420 Maybank Hall 101
10   Warren 421-424, 427 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   316
10   Warren 521-522, 524, 527 Beatty Center 214
Berry   111, 113-115, 203 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   309
Berry   204-210, 212 Maybank Hall 317
Berry   213-216 Maybank Hall 302
Berry   219, 221, 225-229 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   321
Berry   230, 232, 233, 234 Maybank Hall 320
Berry   235-236, 239-241, 303 Beatty Center 212
Berry   304-310, 314 Maybank Hall 303
Berry   316, 319-321, 325-328 Maybank Hall 306
Berry   329-330, 332-335 Maybank Hall 304
Berry   336, 339-341, 403-404 Maybank Hall 210
Berry   405-409, 413, 416, 419 Robert Scott Small 106
Berry   420-421, 425-428, 430 Maybank Hall 223
Berry   434-435, 439-441, 503, 505 Beatty Center 216
Berry   506-511, 519-520 Maybank Hall 224
Berry   521, 524-528, 530 Maybank Hall 219
Berry   531, 603-606 Maybank Hall 112
Berry   607-611,619-621 Maybank Hall 211
Berry   624-628, 630-632 Addlestone Library, room 227
Buist   201, 203, 205-206, 209, 211-213, 301-302, 304-306 Maybank Hall 300
Buist   307-314, 316, 401-406 JC Long 402-A
Buist   407-409, 411, 415-416, College Lodge 300, 304, 306-310 Maybank Hall 316
College Lodge 311-312, 313-323, 400-402 Maybank Hall 208
College Lodge 403, 404, 406-412, 414-415 Robert Scott Small 137
College Lodge, 416, 423, 502, 503, 511, 608 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   312
COMMUTER   AND TRANSFER STUDENTS Silcox Gym 
Craig   201, 204-205, 208-216, 220, 223 JC Long 220
Craig   224-225, 232, 234-236, 301, 304, 305, 308, Kelly House   111 Robert Scott Small 101
Craig   309-316, 330, 332 Robert Scott Small 105
Craig   334-336, George Street Apartments 203, Kelly House 109   and 110 Robert Scott Small 250
Liberty   101-109, 111 Maybank Hall 319
Liberty   113, 120-127, 129, 131-135, 136, 138 Maybank Hall 220
Liberty   141, 143, 145, 147, 151, 153, 155, 159, 161 Beatty Center 218
Liberty   202-209, 211, 213 Beatty Center 320
Liberty   218, 220-227, 229, 231-232, 234, 236-239 Tate Center T131
Liberty   241, 243, 245, 247, 251-256, 258 Tate Center T132
Liberty   259, 261, 302-309, 311, 313 Tate Center T133
Liberty   318, 320-327, 329, 331-332, 334-336 Maybank Hall 222
Liberty   337-339, 341, 343, 345, 347, 351-352, 353-354 Robert Scott Small 249
Liberty   355-356, 358-359, 361, 402-407 JC Long 336
Liberty   408-409, 411, 413, 418, 420-426 Maybank Hall 207
Liberty   427, 429, 431-432, 434, 436-439, 441, 443, 445 Jewish Studies 237
Liberty   447, 451-456, 458, 459, 461, 518, 520-522, 524-526 Jewish Studies 233
Liberty   527, 529, 531, 532, 534, 536 -539, 541 Jewish Studies 337
Liberty   543, 545, 547, 551-555, 618, 620-622 Maybank Hall 322
Liberty   623-627, 629, 631, 632, 634, 636-638 JC Long 219
Liberty   639, 641, 643, 645, 647, 651-655 Jewish Studies 333
McAlister   107, 108, 111-112, 114, 115 Robert Scott Small 252
McAlister   124-127, 129 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   308
McAlister   130-132, 136, 202, 203 Maybank Hall 206
McAlister   204, 205, 207, 208, 210-212, 214 Maybank Hall 110
McAlister   215-218, 222, 223 Maybank Hall 111
McAlister   224-226, 228-230, 232, 233 Robert Scott Small 104
McAlister   303-305, 307 Maybank Hall 105
McAlister   308, 310-312, 314 Maybank Hall 107
McAlister   315-317, 322-324 Robert Scott Small 251
McAlister   325, 326, 328-331 Maybank Hall 103
McAlister   332, 333, 403-405 Maybank Hall 113
McAlister   407, 408, 410, 411, 412, 414 Maybank Hall 104
McAlister   415-418, 422-423 Maybank Hall 108
McAlister   424-426, 428-430 Maybank Hall 115
McAlister   432, 433, 504-507 Robert Scott Small 102
McAlister   508-510, 515, 517, 518, 622 Admissions Office Info Ctr
McAlister   519, 520, 522, 602 Maybank Hall 117
McAlister   605-609 Maybank Hall 116
McAlister   610-615, 617-620 BellSouth (AT&T) Building   320
McConnell   103-105, 107 EHHP Alumni Center
McConnell   108, 201-204, 410 Jewish Studies Center, Arnold   Hall - 1st floor
McConnell   205, 207, 208 Stern Center 409
McConnell   210, 301, 302, 303,  6 Glebe, First Classroom
McConnell   304-307 Maybank Hall 307
McConnell   308, 310, 401, 402 Stern Center 201
McConnell   403-405   Robert Scott Small 248
McConnell   406-409 Robert Scott Small 103