Convocation Series

What is the Convocation Program?

The Convocation Program is dedicated to help Pepperdine students build Christian faith, affirm Christian values, and address the moral and ethical dimensions of current issues.

Why Convocation?

Convocation invites Pepperdine to come into contact with and explore Christian community by fulfilling our founder's vision as it endeavors to present, through teaching and example, the diverse manifestations of Christian life. Convocation seeks to curate spaces, methods, conversations and attitudes of Christian worship which cultivate continued growth through spiritual practices.

Convocation endeavors to affirm the imagery of the open table by modeling consistent hospitality and openness to each other. Convocation seeks not only to gather, but to send our community out with a consistently revitalized call towards Christian service.

From its beginning, Pepperdine has included regular assemblies where students gather to grow in faith, hear engaging speakers, and learn more about how they can make a difference in this world through purpose, service, and leadership. Convocation programs are the contemporary connection to this integral aspect of Pepperdine's Christian mission.

What Exactly is Required?

All Seaver undergraduate students are required to attend 14 Convocation programs each semester (the equivalent of one program each week). Program offerings range from large gatherings such as Wednesday Mornings to small groups and one-on-one mentoring. Scanned attendance at recognized Convocation programs counts toward a grade in which students receive one half unit of academic credit each semester, totaling 4 units by graduation. The units do not contribute towards the 128 units required for graduation, but the grade earned applies to the student's GPA and appears on school transcripts.

Students are encouraged to plan ahead and pro-actively select programs that not only fit into their schedule, but more importantly, line up with who they are. (Refer to Student Handbook pgs.7-8). Convocation credit will only be given for events listed on the Convocation calendar. Click here to view calendar.

You receive Convocation credit by scanning your CWID card on your way in and out of any event on time sponsored by our office. You are responsible to be sure that not only are you on time and engaged in the event, but that your card is properly scanned for credit. We encourage all students to make sure they hear the beep and/or watch the scanner light turn from red to green as their cards are being scanned in/out. Feel free to request an additional scan if you are uncertain that the card was read properly.  It is a very straightforward system, and welcome your constructive feedback along the way!

How is Convocation Attendance Graded?

Number of Credits EarnedGrade
14 A
13 A-
12 B+
11 B
10 B-
9 C+
8 C
7 or less F

What are the Convocation Deadlines?

Subject to change

Monday, August 26th, 5 p.m.

  • Student-Led Club Convo Leader Proposals Due

Monday, September 16th, 5 p.m.

  • Exemption Applications Due

Monday, October 28th, 5 p.m.

  • Last Day for Exemption Requests as Part-time Student

Friday, November 1st, 5 p.m.

  • New Spiritual Mentorship Requests Due

Friday, November 15th, 5 p.m.

  • Student-Led Club Convo Rosters Due

Wednesday, December 4th, 5 p.m.

  • Faculty/Staff-Led Club Convo Rosters Due
  • Spiritual Mentoring Materials Due