logo and main navigation container

Convocation Program

The Lenoir-Rhyne convocation program showcases a wide-ranging menu of speakers, activities and experiences that drive learning beyond the traditional classroom. The program offerings also serve as valuable expressions of the University's mission, vision and values. Convocation events are enjoyed by the LR family and its friends.

You can view the list of approved Convocations on the Portal homepage. Events open to the public can be viewed on the Public Events page.

Requirements

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Convocation Experience is designed to meet the various goals of the institution's mission through educational opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. As a graduation requirement for all students enrolled full-time in the day program, these diverse experiences promote life-long habits of learning and reinforce Lenoir-Rhyne's unique mission to develop the whole person, to liberate mind and spirit, to clarify personal faith, to foster physical wholeness, to build a sense of community, and to promote responsible leadership for service in the world.

Students meet the requirements for the program through verified attendance at a series of convocation events and/or through verified participation in other experiences approved by Lenoir-Rhyne to meet these requirements. In total, a student must complete at least nine "experiences" during an academic year (fall and spring semester combined). Students are required to attend the opening President's convocation and the final Honors convocation and to participate in and/or attend at least seven additional experiences among a variety of lectures, fine arts productions, workshops, student activities, and other events

If a student misses the opening President's convocation, three (3) additional convocation requirements will be added to the current year's requirement. If a student misses the closing Honor's convocation, three (3) additional convocation requirements will be added to the following year's requirements. (If the student intends to graduate during the academic year/semester in which s/he misses either of these convocations, the accrued requirements must be completed during the same year.)

Should a student not complete the seven choice experiences by the end of the academic year, additional convocation requirements will be accrued equal to the number of experiences not completed and applied to the proceeding academic year. (The specific categories to be included in the accrued experiences will be determined on a case-by-case basis.)

The Convocation program is a degree requirement for all full-time day students and, like other academic expectations, all experiences must be completed and verified prior to graduation. This policy applies every semester the student is enrolled full-time (twelve hours or more). If, during an academic year, the student is full-time in only one of the two semesters, the requirements for that year will be attendance at the campus-wide convocation during the semester in which s/he is a full-time student and at least four other convocations, chosen from at least three different categories.

Absences from either of the required convocations (opening and final honors) due to illness or other extenuating (emergency) circumstances must be verified by official documentation and approved by the Office for Academic Affairs.

Convocation dates (required and by choice) are provided to students at the beginning of each semester and updated regularly throughout the term on the University website. Other experiences that meet these requirements are also listed at the same location. Students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in other campus-wide forums and chapel experiences beyond these minimum expectations.


Convocation Categories

In meeting convocation requirements, these events and/or experiences may not carry any credits toward meeting other academic requisites. These additional experiences must be satisfied by completing at least seven choice experiences each year, including at least one experience each from five of the following seven categories:

  1. Intellectual Development, which focuses upon expanding students' understanding of the world through exploring various scholarly topics and/or contemporary issues from the academic perspective;
  2. Creative Development/Expression, which seeks to enhance, through attendance and/or participation, an appreciation of the visual and performing arts;
  3. Cultural Development, through which students explore and/or experience intercultural and/or international issues;
  4. Professional Development, which focuses on developing personal life skills, leadership abilities, or professional competencies or opportunities
  5. Health and Wellness, which cultivates students’ emotional/social development, and/or fosters physical well-being and healthy living;
  6. Spiritual Development, which promotes attentiveness to issues designed to deepen one's understanding and/or clarify matters of personal faith; and
  7. Community Service, which cultivates participation and contribution to the broader campus or local community.

Contact

Carla Fowler

Director, Lohr Learning Commons & Academic Support Programs, Coordinator, Student Engagement
Hickory Campus