Belmont's Convocation program is designed to be a common and shared experience that encourages the development of well-rounded individuals. Convocation reinforces Belmont's statement of purpose in providing "an academically challenging education in a Christian community." Belmont enjoys a uniquely engaging campus community with a wide variety of opportunities to connect socially, intellectually, and spiritually both inside and outside the classroom. The University’s Convocation Program plays an important part in creating this environment. As a requirement for graduation for all undergraduate students, it creates a powerful economy that incentivizes engagement outside conventional curricular experiences.
Students attend a predetermined number of programs in various categories. Requirements may vary based on when the student enters Belmont and transfer hours at the time of matriculation. Convocation includes a variety of experiences in the following categories:
- Academic Lecture: A program with a primary focus on the presentation of topics relating to a field of scholarly significance, current events, or prominent issues.
- Christian Faith Development: A program with a primary focus on introducing a student to the Christian faith, exploring relationships between the Christian faith and life, or offering opportunities for worship and teaching.
- Culture & Arts: A program with a primary focus on cross-cultural experiences or the visual and performing arts. Study Abroad Credit: Students may receive two hours of credit in the "Culture & Arts" category for each academic credit hour completed in a Study Abroad program, up to a total of 10 convocation credits.
- Personal & Professional Growth: A program with a primary focus on enhancing students’ emotional development, personal skills, or professional competencies or opportunities.
- Community Service: Participation in an activity serving a charitable mission or cause which is 1) not required as part of an academic syllabus or academic honor society/service organization and 2) does not offer remuneration (pay, goods, services, future career advancement, etc.) to the student. Note: Community service must be done off-campus except for pre-approved on-campus service programs (blood drives, amnesty international letter writing, etc.).
How Students Receive Credit
Convocation programs can be found on the online calendar when students log into their MyBelmont account. The title of the event, description and Convocation category can be found in the calendar event. There are over 700 Convocation opportunities provided by faculty, staff, speakers and student clubs and organizations throughout the academic year.
Students receive credit by attending the event and scanning their Belmont ID card at the completion. Students can track their Convocation status and progress on the homepage of their MyBelmont account by clicking on “My Convocation Status.”