Since “convocation” is derived from the Latin “con” (meaning together) and “vocare” (to call), a convocation may be any event in which members of a community are called together.

The Convocation Committee, consisting of at least two students, two faculty, and two members of the administration, coordinate the selection of convocations and have final authority in all other matters having to do with convocations. 

Convocation Calendar Fall Term 2020

Convocation Calendar CentreTerm 2021

Convocation Calendar Spring Term 2021

Registration Links for Upcoming Convocations

Monday, September 21st - 7pm

Soul of a Citizen

https://centre.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdOigpz8iHdOMZBpNTc5Z2tTTxdNX6jBp

 

Tuesday, September 22nd - 7pm

Is There an Anti-War Literature?

https://centre.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsdO-hrTouE9zXyGaIw5PlCx8wa9r9Gqlp

 

Wednesday, September 23rd - 7:30pm

Constitutional Government (Constitution Day Convocation)

https://centre.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvc-Goqj4vG9MtE27VhYfgiGK6bLTP8eq6

 

Thursday, September 24th - 7:30pm

The Global Refugee Crisis:  Why People are On the Move

https://centre.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtduysqzIjHdbjwaNlCYJtG7-VKPlPfU5L

 

     Each virtual convocation has an attendance cap of 300, unless otherwise noted.

     Only one student needs to register, if watching in small (fewer than 10), socially distanced groups. 

     Hosts are asked to start sessions 30 minutes prior to the posted start time to start admitting students.

Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge

For the 2020-2021 academic year, ALL convocations will be held virtually, and students will submit the Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge after each event.  Falsely submitting the Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge will be considered Academic Dishonesty, as stated in the Student Conduct Code.  Please direct any questions that you may have about the Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge to Lisa Curlis, co-chair of the Convocation Committee.

Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge

In order for a student to earn convocation credit, this honor pledge must be completed after viewing the convocation, and submitted by 8:00am EST on the day following the convocation

The Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge will be available at the completion of each convocation.

Academic Policy

For the 2020-2021 academic year, ALL full-time students who attend Centre for the entire academic year are required to earn a total of 9 convocation credits. Students who fulfill the requirement have one hour of ‘A’ figured into their grade point average and noted on their transcript. Students who fail to accumulate 9 convocation credits will have one hour of ‘U’ figured into their GPA and noted on their transcript. Students who are not enrolled on a full-time basis for the full academic year still may complete the requirement by accumulating 9 credits. However, they will not receive a ‘U’ if they do not. (NOTE: Convocation credits are not credit hours and do not count toward the 111 credit hours necessary for graduation.)

 

Students may submit a written appeal to the Convocation Committee Chair if extenuating circumstances may affect their ability to complete the convocation requirement. The petition must explain all the circumstances of why the student did not fulfill the 9 credit requirement.

 

Exceptions to the requirements are granted only when health issues or special academic circumstances arise; otherwise, appeals are rarely approved.

 

Students are required to follow the letter of the policy and be very careful about monitoring convocation credit.

 

Convocation Expectations

Abuse of the Convocation system is considered an act of Academic Dishonesty, and all individuals involved in an act of dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action by the Associate Dean and/or Student Judiciary.  Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to:  submitting the Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge when they were not present, submitting the Convocation Attendance Honors Pledge on behalf of another person, submitting multiple Convocation Honor Pledges for the same event, or by behaving in violation of stated convocation policies.

As members of a "virtual" audience, students are expected to be attentive and demonstrate mature, polite, and civil behavior. Students exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be told to leave by the convocation organizer, members of the audience, faculty, or staff and will not receive convocation credit. 

 

Convocation Credit System

To receive convocation credit, students must:

  1. REGISTER* for the virtual convocation using the link that can be found below, and on the Convocations page on CentreNet;
  2. LOGIN** to the virtual convocation using the meeting ID & password that you were emailed upon registering;
  3. KEEP your webcam and microphone muted when the convocation begins;
  4. REMAIN present throughout the full program; As members of a "virtual" audience, students are expected to be attentive and demonstrate mature, polite, and civil behavior.  Students exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be told to leave by the event moderator and will not receive convocation credit.
  5. SUBMIT the Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge before 8:00am EST on the day following the convocation.
 

Convo credit can only be given if ID numbers are accurately entered in the Convocation Attendance Honor Pledge.

 

Students participating onstage or working backstage at an event can receive convocation credit by signing a Convocation Credit Form for Student Participants and Workers, available in the Dean’s Office. The responsible faculty or staff member must submit the completed form to the Convocation Coordinator the day following the event. Most events given convocation status are worth one credit. Special events designated as campus-wide convocations are worth two credits.  Normally, Opening, Founders Day, and Honors convocations are worth 2 credits.

 

Convocation credit is entered and maintained by computer. Students may check their convocation credit status by going to CentreNet, selecting the “Academic” tab, clicking “Academic Affairs,” then choosing “Convocations” and “Convocation Credits” from the drop down menus on the right side of the page. The individual student is responsible for verifying the online record’s accuracy and for notifying the Convocation Coordinator in the Dean’s Office within one week of the convocation in question if there is a discrepancy. Students are urged to check their convocation credits frequently throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged NOT to wait until the end of the year to attempt to obtain the required 9 credits.

 

Convocation Credit Abroad

Students participating in Centre sponsored off-campus study programs receive convocation credit as follows:
• Fall term: 4 credits

• CentreTerm: 1 credit

• Spring Term: 4 credits

 

Students who participate in off-campus internships or non-Centre study abroad programs may petition the Convocation Committee for convocation credit. The Convocation Committee will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.

 

Convocation Proposal Form

2020-2021 Convocation Proposal Form

DEADLINES: 

Deadline for CentreTerm and Spring 2021 Proposals: Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 4pm

(TENTATIVE) Deadline for “Early Review” Proposals for Fall 2021:  Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 4pm