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
    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.
  • 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.”