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. 

2017 Convocation

September 6, 2017 at 1pm: Alumna and certified nurse midwife Aoife O’Brien ’06 will join COA President Darron Collins to open the academic year.

Convocation stories: 

  • NEWS
    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.”
  • NEWS
    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.
  • NEWS
    Convocation, Ocean Swim Help Welcome New Class

    A total of 100 new students, hailing from 18 countries and 22 states, will be welcomed to the COA community during the annual convocation ceremony. Scores of students, staff, faculty and alumni will swim from the Bar Island sandbar to the COA pier in the morning, continuing a much-loved, yearly tradition.