With speeches by the president and an alumnus or alumna 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 Plunges into Academic Year
    Inspiring speeches and the annual Bar Island Swim in Frenchman Bay highlight convocation day activities at College of the Atlantic.
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    Creating Hope in Uncertain Times: Convocation 2017
    College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins ’92 calls for radical empathy, self-awareness, and respect as he officially opens the 2017-2018 school year. “We begin with the notion that we are all in this together,” he says, “champions of collaborative, institutional success.”
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    Convocation 2016: Envisioning a 21st Century Work Ethic
    Physical, intellectual, and social efforts are required if we are to create the environmental and cultural sustainability we seek, COA president Darron Collins says in his annual address welcoming new and returning students.