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.

October
PACT Movie Night--Waiting for Superman (2cr)
October 22, 4 pm - 6:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Pastor Enoch Adeboye, PhD (Nigeria)
October 23, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Fall 2018 Episcopal Eucharist
October 24, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Jeremy Moore Band
October 25, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Catholic Student Association Mass
October 25, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
CF&CT: Fred Shepherd-"For Good or For Evil: Human Rights, Genocide, and Christianity"
October 25, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Film: Call the Midwife- Courageous Act in Healthcare
October 25, 4:30 pm - 5:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Film: The Color of Fear & panel discussion (2cr)
October 25, 5 pm - 7 pmDown arrow selection icon
Q Union (2cr)
October 25, 6 pm - 7:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Q Union (2cr)
October 25, 6 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
MSOP Leadership Book Club (Hogue)
October 26, 7 am - 8 amDown arrow selection icon
Core Texts Lecture - Dr. Ted Cachey
October 26, 4 pm - 5 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Brian Kennedy
October 30, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Worship Arts Ensemble (WAE) Fall Concert
October 30, 7:30 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
Fall 2018 Episcopal Eucharist
October 31, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
November
Campus Worship-Mark Williard
November 1, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Catholic Student Association Mass
November 1, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
MSOP Alumni Showcase 2018 - Donna Yeatman
November 1, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
Faith in Black Poetry Night with Ashley M. Jones
November 1, 6:30 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
Choral Vespers - Brian Erickson
November 2, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
CPF Chapter Meeting
November 5, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Tournées Film Festival-My Life as Zucchini
November 5, 6 pm - 7:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Doug Webster
November 6, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Tournées Film Festival: The Passion of Joan of Arc (2cr)
November 6, 6 pm - 7:35 pmDown arrow selection icon
Fall 2018 Episcopal Eucharist
November 7, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Jade & Sheila Acker
November 8, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Catholic Student Association Mass
November 8, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
Refugee Ministry: What’s Happening Now, by Anne Lucas!
November 8, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
2018 Green Skies Tree Planting (2cr)
November 10, 8 am - 12 pmDown arrow selection icon
International Stories Student Panel
November 12, 7:30 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Chuck Stokes
November 13, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
CSA Aeterni Patris" Encyclical Roundtable Discussion
November 13, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
PPAG Chapter Meeting-Dr. Michael Barnett
November 13, 12 pm - 1 pmDown arrow selection icon
Greek Life Speaker-Cari Trotter
November 13, 7 pm - 8 pmDown arrow selection icon
Fall 2018 Episcopal Eucharist
November 14, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Core Texts Lecture: Dr. Shannon Flynt
November 14, 3 pm - 4 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship
November 15, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Catholic Student Association Mass
November 15, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
The Ghosts of Gatsby & Talkback (2cr)
November 15, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
The Ghosts of Gatsby & Talkback (2cr)
November 16, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-No CW Today
November 20, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Student Worship Band
November 27, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Fall 2018 Episcopal Eucharist
November 28, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Chalk Talk w/ Dr. Lowell Vann & Joseph Mendum
November 29, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Catholic Student Association Mass
November 29, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
Gerard Manley Hopkins Panel Discussion
November 29, 3 pm - 4:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Film: The Heart of Man (2cr)
November 29, 7 pm - 9 pmDown arrow selection icon
December
Play: Eurydice & Talkback
December 1, 8:45 pm - 10:15 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-A Family Christmas
December 4, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
APhA-ASP - Mental Health in the Movies-"The Hours" (2cr)
December 4, 6 pm - 8:30 pmDown arrow selection icon
Fall 2018 Episcopal Eucharist
December 5, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon
Campus Worship-Christmas Around the World
December 6, 10 am - 10:45 amDown arrow selection icon
Catholic Student Association Mass
December 6, 10 am - 11 amDown arrow selection icon
CPF Chapter Meeting
December 7, 12 pm - 12:45 pmDown arrow selection icon