Convocation Credit

stuents gather in Collegedale Seventh-Day Adventist church for the first convocation of the year

What is “convo?”

“Convo” is short for convocation, a weekly assembly event open to all SAU students. Guest speakers from around the world and the campus come talk about a huge variety of topics. Convo happens every Thursday from 11-12:50. However, students use the word “convo” to talk about other events that give convo credit, like Vespers, club events, and concerts.

What is convo credit?

Students are required to attend a minimum number of school events, such as Vespers and Thursday convocations. When you go to these events, you get a slip of paper, fill it out with your information, and turn it back in to student workers at the end. That’s how you get the credit, for going. Convo credits are also known as worship credits, and their official name is “enrichment credits.

How many convo credits do I need?

If you’re a freshman living on campus, you need 60 credits every semester. If you’re a freshman living in the community and not the dorm, you only need 40 credits per semester. The higher your class standing, the less credits you need. You can check out a chart of the required credits for every year on pages 77 and 78 of the student handbook.

How many events do I need to attend?

Events can offer either one or two convo credits. Thursday convocations, Friday night Vespers, LifeGroup Bible studies, Week of Prayer, and concerts all offer two convo credits. Other smaller events like dorm worships, club events, and Evensong on Sabbath evening offer one credit.

Don’t get intimidated! Just going to Vespers every Friday in a 16-week semester is 32 credits. That’s more than half! Add the Thursday convo and you’re already at 64.

How do I know how many credits I have?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to keep track yourself. Once you’re a student at Southern, you’ll have a page called MyAccess with all sorts of helpful stuff, including a convo credit counter. If you’re already a student, just click on the Residence Life link. From there, find “worship” on the left-hand bar. It lists all the events you attended and how many more you need.

Do I have to go to convo every Thursday?

Not at all! Convo brings in some awesome guest speakers and it’s a great way to get together with the student body. However, it’s not the only way to fulfill your credit requirement.

Like we mentioned earlier, worship events such as Vespers, dorm worships, week of prayer, and LifeGroup Bible studies all count for convo credit. Other organizations on campus, like the Student Association, sometimes host events that offer credit. And, Southern has lots of awesome concerts that also count.

How do I know where to go?

Every week, there will be a sign for the Thursday convo letting you know who’s coming and what’s interesting about them. If you like to plan ahead, you can see a semester calendar with all the speakers online. You can also see a list of the musical events online. The calendars include times and locations. Most Thursday convos are in the Iles Gym, but a few convos and most concerts are in Collegedale church. To find out about other events, check the bulletin boards, the student newspaper, and your SAU email.

What happens if I don’t get all the credits?

It’s important to stay on top of your convo credits. Every credit you’re missing at the end of the semester costs $5. If you have less than 50% of the required credits at midterm, there may be a hold on your account. That means you can’t register for  classes next semester. And if you’re already registered, your registration may be cancelled. If you don’t have enough credits by a certain time, students services will let you know in an email.  

Can I have the required credit amount reduced?

If any of these apply to you, you don’t need any convo credit: married, veteran, 23 and older, have children, student teaching, completed 124 credit hours, online student, or Consortium student. If that’s not you, then there are no requirement reductions.

Do I get credit if I’m late?

There’s no credit for coming late. You also won’t get credit if you try to go in with hats, shorts, or headphones. So plan ahead!

What if I need to leave early?

You lose all convo credit if you leave early, cause a disturbance, use your cell phone, or study/ do homework. And you can only turn in one card at the end, so it’s not a good idea to ask your friends to turn your card in for you. Then neither one of you gets credit! If you know you can’t stay until the end for a reason like class, work, or an appointment, just plan to attend a different event with convo credit.

Is convo actually fun?

Convo, like many things in life, is what you make it. The speakers are selected because they have something interesting to share, but different people have different interests. That’s why there are options. Convo is fun if you pick the events that best fit your interests.

Have more questions? Let us know in the comments! 

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