The Office of Spiritual Life is the only official source of information pertaining to Convocation events, credits, and requirements.

Mission & Purpose

Samford’s Convocation program encourages students to develop both spiritually and academically by providing a variety of programs that seek to integrate faith and learning from a distinctively Christian perspective. As a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students, Convocation reinforces Samford’s identity as a Christ-centered university that nurtures persons “for God, for learning, forever.” Convocation programs do not attempt to coerce students to worship or embrace a particular set of beliefs. Rather, programs expose students to many perspectives, challenging them to think carefully about matters of faith and learning so that they may act responsibly in the world.

Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to complete 60 Convocation credits in order to graduate. 30 Convocation credits must be completed by the time a student earns 64 academic credits. Otherwise, that student will be delayed in the ability to register for classes the following semester. Convocation credit is earned when a student attends an approved event and swipes a valid ID card at the conclusion of the event. Students may not receive credit for attending repeating events more than once.

Students may check their Convocation record any time by logging into Samford’s online portal. Additionally, students receive weekly email updates listing all credits required and earned. If a student’s record is in error, that student may submit a Convocation Record Adjustment from within 30 days of the event in question to correct the error. Graduating seniors must submit all adjustment forms no later than two weeks prior to graduation.

Transfer Students Requirements

Convocation requirements are prorated for transfer students. This proration includes any credit earned at a college or university or AP credit that is accepted by Samford University. (Students seeking a second undergraduate degree do not have any Convocation requirements.)

Convocation requirements are prorated for transfer students according to schedule below.

Transfer Students
Academic Transfer Credit Credits Requirement
1-15 credits 60 credits
16-31 credits 52 credits
32-47 credits 44 credits
48-63 credits 36 credits
64-79 credits 28 credits
80-95 credits 20 credits
96-111 credits 12 credits
112-127 credits 6 credits
128 or more credits 0 credits

Cadres

Cadres are Convocation credit small groups led by faculty, staff, or selected students that meet at least 6 times during a semester to discuss a book, biblical text, specified topic, or to participate in a service project. Those interested in leading a Cadre may submit proposals online for review by The Office of Spiritual Life. Cadre sign-ups take place online during the first week of classes each semester. An email will be sent to all undergraduates announcing that students may log into Banner to access online Cadre sign-ups under the “Spiritual Life” tab.

February
CPF Chapter Meeting
February 18, 12 pm - 1 pmDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Core Texts Lecture Film: The Reformation Debate (2cr)
February 18, 7 pm - 9:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Jonathan Brooks: A Letter to My Fellow Exiles
February 19, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Interactive Interprofessional Perspectives on Birth Defects Convo
February 19, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
February 20, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Faith & History: Does a Historian's Identity Matter?
February 20, 2 pm - 3:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Faith & History: Does a Historian's Identity Matter?
February 20, 2 pm - 3:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Faith & History: Does a Historian's Identity Matter?
February 20, 2 pm - 3:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
"Apostolic Succession" sponsored by Catholic Student Assn.
February 20, 6:30 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship; Trudy Cathy White
February 21, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
February 21, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Black History Month Documentary: Agents of Change
February 21, 3 pm - 4:15 pmDown arrow selection icon
Eating Disorder Panel
February 21, 6 pm - 7 pmDown arrow selection icon
Faculty Panel on Science and Religion
February 21, 7 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
The Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series Presents "(Dance Concert)"
February 22, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
The Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series Presents "Dance Concert"
February 23, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Freeman Series Presents "Dance Concert"
February 24, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Charles Howard
February 26, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
February 27, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Allison Nanni
February 28, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
February 28, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Thurgood Marshall Symposium (2cr)
February 28, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Thurgood Marshall Symposium (2cr)
February 28, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Thurgood Marshall Symposium (2cr)
February 28, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Film: The Heart of Man w/ Discussion (2cr)
February 28, 7 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
March
Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis: What Can We Do?
March 4, 6 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship
March 5, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Film: Woodlawn w/ Discussion (2cr)
March 5, 6:30 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
March 6, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Christina Schmitt
March 7, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
March 7, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship
March 19, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Percy Cook Ratliff Lecture Series presents Eric Metaxas
March 19, 7 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
CPF Chapter Meeting
March 20, 12 pm - 1 pmDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
March 20, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Romania Spring Break Team
March 21, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
March 21, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Addiction & How it Effects the Family System - Tracy LaForty
March 21, 4 pm - 5 pmDown arrow selection icon
Dance For Down Syndrome (2cr)
March 21, 6 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Campus Worship Team
March 26, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
March 27, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Kristen Deede Johnson
March 28, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
March 28, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Samford Gives Back
March 30, 8 am - 8:30 amDown arrow selection icon
April
Psych Week: Film-Green Book (2cr)
April 1, 7 pm - 9:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship
April 2, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
April 3, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Robbins Lecture: Doug Moo
April 4, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
April 4, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Psych Week with Dr. Mio
April 4, 6 pm - 7 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Brian Stiller
April 9, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
April 10, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Katherine Wolf
April 11, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
April 11, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Michael & Lynda Adler
April 16, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Society of Catholic Scientists with Dr. Paul A. Wiget
April 16, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series: Anthony Ray Hinton
April 16, 7 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
April 17, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Core Texts Lecture-Making Sense of Modernity
April 17, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Chalk Talk with Lowell Vann
April 18, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
April 18, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
DREAM Portrait Event Roundtable Discussion
April 18, 5 pm - 6:15 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Summer Missions Commissioning
April 23, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
CPF Chapter Meeting
April 24, 12 pm - 1 pmDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
April 24, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Kristen Padilla
April 25, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Spring 2019 Catholic Eucharist (Mass)
April 25, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Leadership Awards
April 30, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
May
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
May 1, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
June
Spring 2019 Episcopal Eucharist
June 5, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon