LU Convocation FAQ’s

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. 

Is Convocation mandatory?

Attendance at Convocation is an agreed upon expectation that is clearly communicated to all applicants who desire to be a residential, undergraduate student at Liberty University.

Why are undergraduate students required to attend?

We believe that campus-wide 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.  

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. 

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: John Piper, Beth Moore, Ted Cruz, Louie Giglio, Ted Kennedy, Donald Trump, Ben Watson, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson, Chris Tomlin, Tim Tebow, Sean Hannity, Matt Chandler 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, tweet (at) @LUConvocation, 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?

Announcements can be submitted on the convocation website or by emailing Creative Manager Joey Wofford two days in advance of the next Convocation. Due to the changing nature of the program and limited time, there is no guarantee that all submitted announcements will be shown in the service.