Convocation Marks the Start of Academic Year

Convocation Marks the Start of Academic Year

ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΑΨTON: Know Thyself

The Greek inscription that greets students as they enter the College of Charleston through Porters Lodge is a call to self discovery, a message designed to bring awareness to the personal growth that inevitably happens on the journey toward earning a college degree.

As the more than 2,000 members of the freshman class began their college career during convocation on Aug. 20, 2018, the students reflected on themes of social justice with discussions on the novel The Hate U Give, the 2018-19 selection for the campus-wide reading program The College Reads! Students also discussed what they want from their time at CofC and the personal and academic growth that is to come.

“Over the past two centuries, students have come to this campus with the dream of attaining an education that would shape the rest of their lives,” Interim President Stephen C. Osborne ’73 told the students during convocation ceremonies. “The historic buildings, oak trees, and Spanish moss that surround us bear witness to the enduring mission of the College and the numerous alumni who have paved the way for you. Today, you inherit their legacy as you join our College family.”

Welcome to the College of Charleston!

South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth discusses The Hate U Give with members of the freshman class.


Interim President Stephen C. Osborne ’73 and Provost Brian McGee welcome the Class of 2022 during convocation ceremonies in Cistern Yard.


Members of the Class of 2022 sign the traditional College of Charleston ledger to officially mark the beginning of their time as Cougars. (Photos by Heather Moran)