LU Convocation FAQ

What is Liberty University’s Convocation?

LU’s Convocation is the assembling of our student body and staff leadership in order to inform, inspire and sometimes to simply entertain. With over 13,000 in attendance and thousands more watching online and on television, Liberty University’s Convocation is the largest weekly gathering of college students in the world.

Is “convocation” another way of saying “chapel”? 

It is important to note that although we are a Christian university, our Convocation is not a chapel service. We derive our definition of Convocation from its Latin root, “to convene, gather, or assemble.” This distinction allows us to view Convocation as a platform for an artist, a pulpit for a guest pastor or theologian, and a podium for a scientist or politician.

Liberty is an institution of higher learning, so our Convocation intentionally allows people from all walks of life to compel, equip, and challenge our students to think clearly and with conviction. 

Where is Convocation held?

Convocation is held in the Vines Center of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

When is Convocation?

Convocation is held each semester at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday unless otherwise noted. 

What is the student attendance policy for Convocation?

Campus-wide participation at Convocation results in campus-wide conversation. We often see our students engaged in reflective and invigorating conversations as a result of a special guest or a particular topic presented to them at Convocation. This sort of processing fosters deeper community and accountability.

Attendance at Convocation is a mutually agreed upon expectation that is clearly communicated to all applicants who desire to be a residential, undergraduate student at Liberty University. Students have 2 excused absences a year that they can utilize to miss a particular convocation of their choosing. These skips must be coordinated with resident life leadership.

What if there is inclement weather?

Convocation follows the inclement weather plan of the university. All closures and cancelations can be found on the Liberty University website and related social media networks.

Why does Liberty University invite guests that might differ from traditional Evangelical Christian viewpoints or even Liberty University’s doctrinal statement?

We believe “how you think” is just as vital as “what you think.” A fundamental part of the college experience is being exposed to a variety of viewpoints so that students can better understand why they hold their own beliefs and be better prepared to defend them. 

As President Falwell has always said, “Students are not only free—but encouraged—to form their own opinions about what they hear in Convocation. This is a vital part of the higher learning experience” 

We also believe that “how you disagree” is as vital as “why you disagree.” Learning how to disagree without being disrespectful is a vital tool for any world-changer who is truly more interested in winning people than winning an argument. 

How can I know who is coming to speak in Convo?

In the weeks leading up to the start of each semester, a few guests, highlighting the upcoming schedule, are released. Once class is back in session, an upcoming 10-day Convocation schedule is announced each Monday through the media department and our social media outlets. "Like" & "Follow" @LibertyOSD on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to be the first to hear about upcoming Convocation guests.

Who has spoken in Convocation?

Each year, Convocation plays host to more than 80 guests of national significance from every sphere of society. Renowned voices such as: Steph Curry, Simone Biles, John Piper, Beth Moore, Louie Giglio, Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson, Jonathan Cain, Chris Tomlin, Tim Tebow,  Shawn Michaels, Levi Lusko and many others have used Convocation as an opportunity to speak to a generation of future leaders.

How are guests chosen?

The process by which we look for guests consists of whether or not they possess a message that will contribute to pivotal cultural conversations that stretch both the hearts and minds of our students, faculty, and staff. Whether through music, theology, social justice, politics, or the arts, the common denominator is always relevance. 

How can I submit a guest suggestion?

Students are encouraged to email Convocation@liberty.edu, tweet (at) @LibertyOSD, or visit the LU Stages office to suggest speakers. Each recommendation is recorded and referenced when forming the guest line up. 

How do I get an announcement made at Convocation?

All convocation announcements will now be received in video form. We are no longer accepting slides for announcements.

The videos will be shown in "pre-roll" before Convocation starts. The number of videos will be limited and will be chosen by the Convocation committee a week in advance. We are looking for high quality videos. 

Requirements

  • Video submissions must be submitted at least two weeks in advance
  • Videos need to be High-Resolution MP4 files
  • Videos must be submitted in 1080x1920 vertical resolution
  • Videos should be no longer than 15 seconds

Submissions

Click the link below to be taken to the submission form. Please fill it out in its entirety.

LU Convocation Announcements Submission Form