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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 2015 semester will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015.  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 posted at the bottom of the web page.   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 can make arrangements to reconnect with families after the program at 11:30 am. 

Residence   Hall Departure Time
Berry Residence Hall 9:40 AM
Kelly, Warren and McAlister 9:45 AM
Buist 9:45 AM
Liberty 9:45 AM
Lodge 9:45 AM
Craig  9:45 AM
McConnell and REACH house 9:45 AM
Commuter Students Arrive by 9:45 am at   Silcox Gym 
Rooms Campus Meeting Location 
10 Warren 120, 122-124 Education Center 212
10   Warren 220-222 Beatty 216
10   Warren 223-225 Education Center 216
10   Warren 226, 227, 320, 321 Education Center 217
10   Warren 322-324 Maybank 207
10   Warren 325-327, 420 Education Center 218
10   Warren 421-424 Education Center 118
10   Warren 425-427, 521 Tate Center T130
10   Warren 522-524 Beatty 214
10   Warren 525-527 Beatty 301
Berry   111, 113-115 Maybank 316
Berry   203-208 Education Cener 213
Berry   209-216 Education Center 215
Berry   219, 221, 224-225, 227, 229, 239-241 Maybank Hall 320
Berry   226, 228, 230, 232  Maybank Hall 317
Berry   233-236 Beatty 212
Berry   303-304, 306, 308, 310 Maybank Hall 303
Berry   305, 307, 309, 311, 316 Maybank Hall 304
Berry   312-315 Maybank Hall 307
Berry   319-321, 324-326, 328, 330, 339-341 Maybank Hall 306
Berry   327, 329, 335-336, 628-631 Maybank Hall 302
Berry   332-334 Maybank Hall 101
Berry   403-404, 406, 408, 410 Maybank Hall 220
Berry   405, 407, 409, 411, 416 Maybank Hall 222
Berry   412-415,  419-421, 424, 426 Maybank Hall 223
Berry   425, 427, 428, 430, 434-435,  439-442 Maybank Hall 211
Berry   429, 432-433, 436, 503-507 Maybank Hall 219
Berry  508-511, 519-521, 524, 526, 528, 530 Simons Center for the Arts 101
Berry   525, 527, 529, 531-532, 539, 619, 621, 624-627 Simons Ctr - Theatre 220
Berry   603, 605, 607, 609, 611, 620 Cato Ctr. 319
Berry   604, 606, 608, 610, 639 Cato Ctr. 317
Buist   201-205, 213-217, 29 Coming Addlestone Library 227
Buist   206-212, 307-309 Education Center 102
Buist   301-305, 313-317 Addlestone Library Classroom 122
Buist   306, 310-312, 406-411 Addlestone 360
Buist   401-405, 412-417 Robert Scott Small 106
College   Lodge 201, 202, 203, 303, 306, 308, 312, 314, 316, 403, 407, 408, 409 Education Center 113
College   Lodge 410, 411, 414, 415 George St. Apartments  317, 318, 298 Meeting 301, 401, 300 Meeting   202A, 70 Coming 101  Beatty 220
COMMUTER   AND TRANSFER STUDENTS Report to Silcox Gym
Craig   201, 204-205, 208-216 EHHP Alumni Center
Craig   220, 221, and 225 Education Center 214
Craig   222-224, 330-332, 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, 107- 109, and 112  Robert Scott Small 105
Kelly   House - 113, 114, 119,  211-214  Maybank Hall 224
Kelly   House 215, 222, 301-305  Education Center 110
Kelly   House 306, 307, 309, 311, 312, 313, 316, 318, 319 Education Center 107
Kelly   House 320-322, 411, 413-415 Education Center 219
Liberty   102-118 Maybank 319
Liberty   120-131 Tate 304
Liberty   132-151,153,155 Beatty Center 218
Liberty   202-218 Beatty Center 320
Liberty   220-227,229,231 Tate Center T131
Liberty   228,230,232-243 Tate Center T132
Liberty   245-261 Tate Center T133
Liberty   302-318 Tate Center T315
Liberty   320-327,329,331 JC Long 219
Liberty   328,330,332-343 Education Center 203
Liberty   345-361 JC Long 336
Liberty   402-418 Education Center 101
Liberty   420-427,429,431 Education Center 103
Liberty   428,430,432-443 Education Center 111
Liberty   445-461 Education Center 112
Liberty   518-527,529,531 Maybank Hall 322
Liberty   528,530,532,534,536,538, 628,630,632,634,636,638 Education Center 115
Liberty   537,539,541-555 Education Center 114
Liberty   618-627,629,631 Education Center 120
Liberty   637,639,641-655, Education Center 116
McAlister   107-118, 124, 129-136 Robert Scott Small 252
McAlister   125-127,222-224, 518 Robert Scott Small 249
McAlister   203-208 Maybank Hall 206
McAlister   210-211,310-315 Maybank Hall 110
McAlister   212-218 Maybank Hall 111
McAlister   230-232, 201-202 Robert Scott Small 104
McAlister   301-302, 330-332 Maybank Hall 105
McAlister   302-308 Maybank Hall 107
McAlister   310-318,322-324, 510 Robert Scott Small 251
McAlister   325-329,333 Maybank Hall 103
McAlister   401-402,430-432, 515 Maybank Hall 112 
McAlister   403-405,407-408,410 Maybank Hall 104
McAlister   411-416 Maybank Hall 108
McAlister   417-418,423-424, 517 Maybank Hall 115
McAlister   425-426,428-429,433 Maybank Hall 113
McAlister   501-502,520-522 Admissions Office Info Ctr
McAlister   504-509 Maybank Hall 117
McAlister   601-602,620-622 Maybank Hall 116
McAlister   604-609  Maybank Hall 100
McAlister   610-619 Robert Scott Small 250
McConnell   102-104, 106 Stern Center 205
McConnell   105, 107-108, REACH House Jewish Studies Center, Arnold   Hall - 1st floor
McConnell   201-202, 206,  92 Wentworth Maybank Hall 210
McConnell   203-205, 90 Wentworth Stern Center 206
McConnell   207-209 Stern Center 201
McConnell   301-302, 306, 310 Education Center 109
McConnell   303-305 Education Center 108
McConnell   307-309 Robert Scott Small 248
McConnell   401-402, 406, 410 Robert Scott Small 103
McConnell   403-405 Robert Scott Small 101
McConnell   407-409 Robert Scott Small 102