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According to Merriam-Webster the definition of conclave is the following:

1:  a private meeting or secret assembly; especially:  a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals secluded continuously while choosing a pope

2:  a gathering of a group or association

For many the primary definition is what we think of when we read or hear the word – conclave.  As an AOCA member the word has had special meaning and importance for over sixty years.  Indeed, it is a gathering of our College.  It is a time we honor those who have left us.  It is a celebration of members’ accomplishments.  It is an opportunity to socialize and network with colleagues.  It is a time where new Governors, Officers, and the President are sworn in.

One misperception to dispel is that the AOCA Conclave is “private" or "secret”.  This is furthest from the truth. All members and non-members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  It is an open invitation. Come to the ceremony and stay for the reception!  It serves as a bridge to the past, present, and furture. 

Click here to view a video which captures some highlights of the Conclave ceremony and reception interspersed with overall convention happenings since 2013.  Hope you enjoy it.


Below are some pictures from past Conclaves:

61st Conclave (2013) – Washington, DC

62nd Conclave (2014) – Scottsdale, AZ

63rd Conclave (2015) – Orlando, FL

64th Conclave (2016) – Seattle, WA

65th Conclave (2017) Miami, FL Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma

66th Conclave (2018) - San Diego, CA

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