Convocation

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 that is accepted by Samford University, but does not include credit earned in AP Classes in high school. (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 CreditCredits 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.

September
Campus Worship - Joel Busby
September 26, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
West Campus Worship - Brent Latta
September 26, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
East Campus Worship - Christson Adedoyin
September 26, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Episcopal Eucharist
September 27, 12 am - 12:45 amDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
September 28, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
September 28, 10 am - 10:45 pm
Film: Willie Velasquez - Your Vote is Your Voice
September 28, 3 pm - 4:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
October
Cahaba River Fry Down (3cr)
October 1, 12 am - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship - Dr. Sasan Tavassoli
October 3, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
West Campus Worship - Dana Basinger
October 3, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
East Campus Worship - Dr. Sasan Tavassoli
October 3, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Patty McDonald Orchestra Series presents the opening concert.
October 3, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Episcopal Eucharist
October 4, 12 am - 12:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Stephen Chew, Academic Success Speaker
October 4, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
The Insanity of God Documentary (2cr)
October 4, 7 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship - Student Summer Missions Accounts
October 5, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
October 5, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
Go Global Meeting
October 5, 3:30 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
Is it Worth the Risk? Taking the Gospel to the Hard Places (3cr)
October 5, 4 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
October 10, 10 am - 10:45 pm
Episcopal Eucharist
October 11, 12 am - 12:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship - Greg Boyd, Holley Hull Lecture
October 12, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
October 12, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
HOLLEY-HULL LECTURE-Greg Boyd
October 12, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
October 17, 10 am - 10:45 pm
West Campus Worship - Greg Powell
October 17, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
East Cmpus Worship - Cameron Thomas
October 17, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
The Legacy Show with Tami Lee Hughes, violin and Byron Burford Phearse, piano
October 17, 7:30 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
Episcopal Eucharist
October 18, 12 am - 12:45 amDown arrow selection icon
9 Ways to Win at Money
October 18, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
October 19, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
October 19, 10 am - 10:45 pm
West Campus Worship - Brian Pitts
October 24, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
East Campus Worship - Clark Watson
October 24, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Episcopal Eucharist
October 25, 12 am - 12:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Core Texts Lecture-Dr. Dennis Sansom
October 25, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
October 26, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
CW - TBA
October 26, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Q Union (2cr)
October 27, 6 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
CW - Emily Hynds
October 31, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
West Campus Worship - Joshua Washington
October 31, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
East Campus Worship - Brian & Renee Pitts
October 31, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
November
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
November 2, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
November 2, 10 am - 10:45 pm
Davis Lecture presents Environmental and Science Journalist Dan Fagin
November 2, 7 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
November 7, 10 am - 10:45 pm
West Campus Worship - Isaac Cooper
November 7, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
East Campus Worship - Kevin Blackwell
November 7, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Donnie Thurman, Jr. - Faith & Leadership I
November 8, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Greek Convocation workshop
November 8, 5 pm - 7 pmDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
November 9, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
November 9, 10 am - 10:45 pm
CW - Harold Goss
November 14, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
West Campus Worship - Marc Salyers
November 14, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
East Campus Worship - Nena Sanders
November 14, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
November 16, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
CW - David Bowden
November 16, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
No Campus Worship Today
November 21, 10 am - 10:45 pm
No Campus Worship Today
November 23, 10 am - 10:45 pm
CW - Timothy George
November 28, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
West Campus Worship - Alan Jung
November 28, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
November 30, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
December
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
December 7, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
CSA Eucharist (Mass)
December 14, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon