Upcoming Convos

Date/Time Event
7:30 pm

*CONVO: Parsons Dance Company
*CONVO: Parsons Dance Company
Norton Center for the Arts – Newlin Hall, Danville KY

Exuberant. Virtuosic. Sensual. These words barely begin to describe the Parsons Dance experience. A powerhouse of energy, ingenious innovation, and athleticism, the contemporary dance ensemble presents exhilarating works that will amaze audiences of all ages and leave them absolutely captivated.

7:30 pm

CONVO: Tyler Wilkinson — Contemporary Artist
CONVO: Tyler Wilkinson — Contemporary Artist
Crounse Hall – Vahlkamp Theatre, Danville KY

Tyler Wilkinson ’12 holds an MFA in painting from Indiana University at Bloomington. His art has been published in two separate volumes of New American Paintings; exhibited at The Painting Center in Manhattan, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn, and with the Perceptual Painters group at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. He has been honored with fellowships for residencies at Manifest Center for Creative Research and the Vermont Studio Center. His recent exhibition is called “Untitled (Artifacts From The Base Of Racial Mountain).” Wilkinson explains: “Challenged and encouraged by Langston Hughes’s 1926 ‘The Negro Artist and The Racial Mountain,’ these objects represent my attempts to contextualize my identity within this sea of blackness, which is to contextualize my identity within the now.”

8:00 pm

CONVO: Contemplative Approaches to Teaching, Learning, & Living
CONVO: Contemplative Approaches to Teaching, Learning, & Living
Norton Center for the Arts – Weisiger Theatre, Danville KY

Daniel Barbezat, Professor of Economics at Amherst College, is current executive director of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Dr. Barbezat will discuss how self-awareness and introspection can be used in post-secondary education, economic decision-making, and creating and sustaining well-being. He has lectured and led workshops on contemplative learning and pedagogy throughout the United States and Canada, and is actively working to expand and deepen the Center’s programs, making its work more accessible and transformative for all. His latest book, co-written with Mirabai Bush, is Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning. Dr. Barbezat will be speaking on the place and practice of contemplation in enriching the educational experience for students and faculty.


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.

2015 Fall Term Convo Calendar  

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 Forms