After new student orientation has ended and before classes begin, the COA community gathers to kick off the new school year with convocation.

With speeches by the president and an alum of the college, convocation is designed to welcome new students, foster a sense of community, and connect all present to the mission and vision of the college. 

Convocation stories: 

  • NEWS
    COA opens 50th academic year
    Record enrollment, a new, 30,000-square-foot academic center, and a cadre of strong regional partners in attendance highlight the opening of College of the Atlantic’s 50th academic year.
  • NEWS
    Academic Year Opens With a Splash
    The College of the Atlantic community kicks off fall term in traditional fashion as nearly 140 students, staff, faculty, and alumni jump into the chilly, 54-degree waters of Frenchman Bay for the annual Bar Island Swim.
  • NEWS
    COA Plunges into Academic Year
    Inspiring speeches and the annual Bar Island Swim in Frenchman Bay highlight convocation day activities at College of the Atlantic.