Upcoming Convos

Date/Time Event
7:00 pm

CONVO: The Physics of Cell Migration
CONVO: The Physics of Cell Migration
Young Hall – Auditorium (Room 113), Danville KY

The Physics of Cell Migration
Professor Erin Rericha, a bio-physicist at Vanderbilt University, will discuss her research into the efficacy of drugs in cancer treatment.

7:30 pm

CONVO: Archaeology in the Modern World
CONVO: Archaeology in the Modern World
Young Hall – Auditorium (Room 113), Danville KY

Archaeology Matters: The Relevance of Archaeology in the Modern World
The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at Centre, Jeremy Sabloff, is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, and External Professor and Past President of the Santa Fe Institute. Archaeology is not just about the past, but also is quite relevant to the world today. It can fill key gaps in recent history that have been ignored by written records, it can help preserve and conserve the world’s historical heritage, it can strengthen tourism and economic opportunities, it can help build ethnic pride (although this has its dangers, too!), and it can serve modern communities in a variety of ways such as providing expert testimony in land disputes. It also can offer new understandings of waste disposal, homelessness, border crossings, and the use of forensics. Moreover, archaeology’s long time perspective can provide fresh insights into issues such as sustainability, resilience, and adaptation to changing ecological and cultural conditions. While archaeology clearly cannot solve the huge problems facing peoples around the globe, this lecture shows how it can shed some useful light on these problems.

8:00 pm

CONVO: Entrepreneurship, Centre, J. Alfred Prufrock
CONVO: Entrepreneurship, Centre, J. Alfred Prufrock
Young Hall – Auditorium (Room 113), Danville KY

Entrepreneurship, Centre, and J. Alfred Prufrock
Like J. Alfred Prufrock, Terena Bell is no prophet. But she is an entrepreneur and, as a Centre alumna, says everything she needed to know about entrepreneurship she learned from Prufrock. For example, you can not start your own business without daring to disturb the universe — not just the one around you by product innovation but your own physical, psychological, and financial universes as well. Success requires constant change: “[A] hundred indecisions, And…a hundred visions and revisions.” Tech start-ups didn’t exist in Eliot’s time, so for a literalist, founding them is the last thing The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is about. But that’s where Centre comes in. Whether you come because you want to be an entrepreneur, love Prufrock, or simply need the convo credit, come hear two-time tech founder Terena Elizabeth Bell ‘99 share her story.


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. A minimum of 40 events each year are designated as convocations.

2016 Fall Term Convo Calendar

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2017 CentreTerm Convo Calendar

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2017 Spring Term Convo Calendar

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Academic Policy

All full-time students who attend Centre for the entire academic year are required to earn a total of 12 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 12 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 12 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 requesting changes in their final convocation grade. The petition must explain all the circumstances of why the student did not fulfill the 12 credit requirement.

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

There are over 50 convocations during the year, and students are required to follow the letter of the policy and be very careful about monitoring convocation credit.

Convocation Expectations

Students who abuse the system by swiping a card for a person who is not present, swiping multiple cards, or by behaving in violation of stated policy will lose convocation credit. Such deceit is considered a violation of academic honesty and the people involved are subject to disciplinary action by the Associate Dean or the Student Judiciary.

As members of an audience, students are expected to be attentive and demonstrate mature, polite, and civil behavior. Computers and books should not be brought to convocations and cell phones should be turned off during the presentation. Students exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be told to leave by members of the audience, faculty, staff, or student convocation workers and will not receive convocation credit.

Convocation Credit System

To receive convocation credit, students must:
1) swipe his or her own Centre College ID card at a convocation station;
2) be seated before the program begins;
3) remain present throughout the full program;
4) swipe his or her own Centre College ID card before leaving the event.

Convo credit can only be given if ID cards are accurately swiped in and swiped out. Student ID cards may need to be replaced in the Student Life Office if the card does not register in the computer swipe system. It is the student’s responsibility to bring Centre ID cards to convocations and to make sure the card swipes accurately. This policy will be strictly enforced, and convocation credit will not be given to students who arrive late or who leave early or whose cards do not work in the convocation system.

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. Any event worth more than one credit will be indicated as such in the Convocation Calendar. Normally, the Opening Day, 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 the current students listing on the Centre home page and selecting Personal/Convocation Credit. The individual student is responsible for verifying the computer record’s accuracy and for notifying the Convocation Coordinator in the Dean’s Office within one week of the convocation in question. Students are urged to check their convocation credits frequently throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to not wait until the end of the year to obtain the required 12 credits.

Convocation Credit Abroad

Students participating in Centre sponsored off-campus study programs receive convocation credit as follows:
• London/Strasbourg/Mexico Programs (fall term: 6 credits)

• Strasbourg/London Programs (spring term: 6 credits)

• Centre-Sponsored CentreTerm off-campus study programs (1 credit)

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