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50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence



Thanks to archival work performed by Provost Brian McGee, we discovered that that our history as an honors program/college goes back further than our presumed founding in 1979. The Bulletin for the Academic Year 1967-1968 mentions an Honors Program founded in September 1967 as a “new course of study designed to attract superior students irrespective of their departmental majors and to guide them toward a fuller, more substantial liberal arts education.”

50th Anniversary Events 

50th Anniversary Events
  • September 19, 2016: Alumni Guest Lecturer: Steve Swanson '89 - Monday, 11:00-11:50 AM (Berry 104)
  • September 30, 2016: Alumni Guest Lecturer: Samantha Sammis '11 - Friday, 11:00-11:50 AM (Berry 104)
  • October 1, 2016:  Alumni Networking Social with the William Aiken Fellows Society Class of 2017
  • November 19, 2016: Honors College Alumni Social - Saturday, 2:00-4:00 PM (School of Science and Math Courtyard - 202 Calhoun Street) 
  • February 2, 2017: Alumni Guest Speaker: Alex Hennessey '11 - Thursday, 3:30-5:00 PM (Addlestone Library Room 227) 
  • May 5, 2017: Alumni Weekend Honors College Happy Hour - Friday, 5:30-7:00 PM
  • May 6, 2017: A Charleston Affair VIP Experience at President's House- Saturday, 6:30-10:00 PM
  • November 2, 2017: A Celebration of Honors - Thursday, 6:00 PM (Butcher & Bee - 1085 Morrison Drive)
    • An event honoring the past, present, and future accomplishments of College of Charleston Honors College alumni
    • Butcher & Bee is a top local restaurant owned by CofC Honors alumnus Michael Shemtov '00.
    • For information on sponorships or donating to the silent auction, please email us at
    • Tickets can be purchased here
    • Additional info will be posted here and on Facebook.
  • November 3, 2017: Honors Alumni Panel and Birthday Party 
    • Join us for an alumni discussion panel on a TBD thematic topic
    • Following the panel, we will throw the Honors College a 50th birthday party, complete with cake!
  • November 18, 2017: Alumni Awards Gala - Saturday, 7:00-10:00 PM

How You Can Get Involved

  • Attend events
  • Mentor a current student or young alum
  • Speak at a lecture on campus
  • Host prospective students and/or alumni at an event in your area

Please contact the Honors College at or 843-953-7154 if you would like to participate!