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If you have any questions about Convention, please check out the FAQ or email us.

What is Convention?

Convention Weekend is the Society’s largest multi-chapter reunion, filled with hours of socializing, networking, and guiding the direction of the Society. Convention is a time to connect with old friends and make new ones. At Convention you can help shape the Society’s future by participating in our open-space business sessions, educational presentations, and informal gatherings. All Society members are invited to share their views.

A highlight of the weekend is the Saturday Night Banquet, featuring features an awards ceremony during which we announce the recipients of the Emerald and Pearl Award, the Society Order of the Sword and Spear, and the Star and Crescent Award. The banquet also honors the winners of prizes from the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation Literary Competition. 


— The Arlington Centric Hyatt is on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines at the Rosslyn Metro stop.
— Riding on the Metro requires purchase of a plastic SmarTrip card
Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are also available.
— Please email Dena Schwartz, PEN ’13 if you have any travel questions. 

Ride Sharing
— Have extra space in your car? Looking for a ride? Please post on the Society Facebook page.

— Reagan National (DCA) is the closest. Take the Blue Line to the Rosslyn Metro stop.
— Dulles International (IAD) is a 15 minute shuttle ride to the Wiehle-Reston Metro station. Take the Silver line to the Rosslyn Metro stop.
— Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) requires a MARC or Amtrack ride to Union Station (45 minutes). Then take Red Line to Metro Center. Then take the Blue/Orange/Silver to the Rosslyn Metro stop.

Train and Bus Station
— Union Station is DC’s only train and bus station. Then take Red Line to Metro Center. Then take the Blue/Orange/Silver to the Rosslyn Metro stop.

Convention Schedule

(times subject to change)

4:00pm – 9:00pm: Optional Social Events
8:00pm – 8:45pm: Introduction to Convention (attendance recommended for first time attendees)
9:00pm – 11:00pm: Board of Governors Meeting (attendance optional for non-Governors)

8:30am – 9:30am: Breakfast
9:00am – 1:00pm: Business Sessions
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Break for Lunch (on your own)
2:00pm – 5:30pm: Business Sessions
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Undergraduate and Graduate Caucuses
7:00pm – 10:00pm: Dinner and Karaoke at Tonic


8:30am – 9:30am: Breakfast
9:00am – 12:30pm: Business Sessions
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Break for Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm – 2:55pmBusiness Sessions
2:55pm – 5:30pmElections and Voting on Proposed Motions
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail Hour
7:00pm – 10:00pm: Awards Dinner Banquet

9:30am – 11:30am: Board of Governors Meeting (attendance optional for non-Governors)