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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 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. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health assistant professor of epidemiology Dr. Amy Wesolowski ’10 is our featured convocation speaker for 2020. 

As convocation serves as the first All College Meeting (ACM) of the year, we include time for announcements and appreciations in the program. However, due to the virtual format, all announcements and appreciations must be submitted in writing in advance to be read by the ACM moderator. Please send any relevant announcements and appreciations to Zoe Ernst zernst21@coa.edu 

2020 Convocation Speakers
Zoe Ernst ’21
Disal Wannaka Wattage ’22
Vonnie Love ’21
Abby Jo Morris ’20

Katrine Oesterby ’21
Darron Collins ’92
Amy Wesolowski ’10

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.”