Every August, President Harris Pastides invites the new academic class to the Colonial
Life Arena for new student convocation, a ceremony commemorating your inclusion as
a new student at the university.
The Convocation Ceremony
When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Where: Colonial Life Arena
Note: Invitations will be mailed to new incoming first-year and transfer students in mid-July.
Convocation is defined as the coming together of the members of a group — a formal
assemblage. Our new student convocation is the first formal gathering of your academic class
and marks a new beginning, a special time for our faculty and students. Convocation
opens with an academic procession, led by the student body president carrying the
university mace, followed by the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year;
the provost, who is the university’s chief academic officer; representatives of the
university’s schools and colleges; the university’s vice presidents; the secretary
of the board; and the president of the university.
After the hour-long ceremony, please attend our reception on the concourse level of
the Colonial Life Arena, where you and your friends can personally meet the president
and other university administrators
The primary participants in convocation are you and your classmates, who have come
to South Carolina from all over the United States and around the world. Carolina is
now your new “home”. This day is all about you. Parents are not required to attend,
but you may invite your family or friends or anyone with whom you want to share this
experience. You will receive an invitation by mail during the latter portion of July.
Once you receive the invitation, please complete the RSVP and indicate approximately
how many guests will be attending with you.
Faculty are encouraged to RSVP and participate in new student convocation. Faculty
are asked to honor this occasion by wearing their academic regalia and processing
into the arena to be recognized as a group. As with commencement, faculty will gather
in the Green Room on the lower level of the arena to robe and then process in. After
the reception, feel free to mingle with your colleagues and your new students at the
Location and Parking
If you are on campus, you are encouraged to walk to the Colonial Life Arena. Residence Life staff will be escorting students from their residence halls to the
arena. If driving, students, faculty and guests can park in the AD3 lot on Greene
Street or find visitor hourly parking by entering the Discovery Plaza Garage on Park
Street. Normal hourly garage rates will apply.