A CofC Alumni Affair

The Cistern Yard during the oyster shucking event

Photo by Grace Samuelson

College of Charleston alumni from all over found themselves on campus Nov. 16-18 to participate in alumni weekend.

The weekend consisted of concerts, bourbon tasting in the business center, esteemed speakers, tours of various College of Charleston attractions, an awards gala—you name it. The event welcomed past College of Charleston alumni back to their alma mater.

Alumni weekend took over the Cistern Yard Saturday afternoon for the “Cistern on the Half Shell: A Lowcountry Oyster Roast.”

Echoes of bluegrass music resonated throughout campus as the Bluestone Ramblers brought College of Charleston to a southern state of mind.

Upon walking into Cistern Yard Saturday afternoon, each guest was presented with a personalized name tag that they could add stickers to, signifying what organizations they were a part of during their time at College of Charleston.

The Blue Ramblers played bluegrass music during the oyster roast.

The Blue Ramblers (photo by Grace Samuelson)

As this Alumni Oyster Roast was the first to welcome current students, the name tags provided to be good conversation starters and a source of creating connections between currents students and the alumni.

Vast amounts of food including hotdogs, chili and cornbread created a hypnotizing aroma that lured everyone in. Student organization tables were scattered around the yard, welcoming alumni to their old organization.

Clyde the Cougar made his rounds, greeting faculty, students and children in attendance.

The main event—oyster shucking—was planted down the runway of Cistern Yard to the top of the cistern itself. The setup perfectly framed the Bluestone Ramblers and accented Randolph Hall.

Oyster shucking in Cistern Yard

Photo courtesy of Grace Samuelson

Strangers stood around the table shucking oysters and talking as if they had known one another forever.

Oysters are a part of lowcountry culture. The event brought together the old and the new of the college and reminded them of something incredible they’ve all had the privilege to part of: Charleston.

Charleston is a unique place and the college is lucky enough to be in the heart of it. While College of Charleston Alumni may leave the city and scatter around the world, there is no shaking the memory of the cobblestone streets, pineapple fountain, beautiful beaches and southern hospitality.

College of Charleston’s alumni are lucky enough to have a reason to keep returning to visit the stunning campus and city they once had the chance to call their home.

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