CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- Local business workers joined some of the College of Charleston faculty to welcome new students to campus at convocation Monday morning.
The occasion served to familiarize the students with CofC's traditions, history, symbols, and mottos, as well as encourage them to consider their intellectual journey.
More than 40 successful Charleston alumni returned to their alma mater to partner with faculty for engaging discussions with the new students. Many reflected on the value of their college education in their lives and careers. The guest list included an environmental scientist, business owners, a dentist, a realtor, an attorney, and even an executive chef.
Some groups were in traditional CofC classrooms, while others explored other unique areas of campus, such as the Sottile Theater stage, the Johnson Center, and even the President's house.
One new student was impressed with the professors' ability to relate to the students on a more personal level.
"They talked to us about what we really wanted from college; not just the classes our parents want us to take, but what we could take away from the experience," explained Shelby Bowden, an incoming student from Easley, South Carolina.
After the small group discussions, faculty dressed in academic regalia lead students through the arch at Porter's Lodge under the inscription that says "know thyself." There they met with President George Benson and Provost George Hynd in the Cistern Yard.
Then they had the opportunity to formally sign the book that signified their official entrance to the CofC community.