Convocation at Samford University is an academic requirement that encourages students to develop spiritually and academically by providing programs that integrate faith and learning.
Coronavirus Convocation Information
All convocation-related registration holds have been removed for the Fall 2020 term. The Registrar’s Office has provided a way for all students to register on time, regardless of your current convocation status. Seniors preparing to graduate who still need convocation credit will receive direct communication from the Office of Spiritual Life related to any needed credits. All other students will automatically receive a total of 10 credits added to your account due to the campus closure. If you are in a “fast-track” program or if you have additional questions about convocation credit, please contact the Office of Spiritual Life.
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 and is designed to challenge students to think carefully about matters of faith and learning so that they may act responsibly in the world.
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 according to schedule below. 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.)