While the College has enjoyed a long history of convocation programs, it now seeks to
develop a lyceum style approach to convocation that will integrate both worship and
learning events under the umbrella rubric
, which will be intentionally designed
to engage students in reflection and to challenge their preconceived notions of truth thereby
encouraging themto approach theworldwith a larger dimensionof self, neighbor andGod than
heretofore realized. In this program students will be required to attend ten chapel (worship)
services and five convocation (academic) events each semester that will be focused on a set
theme related to the general education core of Inquiry, Character, Citizenship and Wellness.
Each semester, questions in support of the theme will be distributed to faculty along with
summaries of the planned events so that faculty can incorporate ideas and experiences borne
from and garnered in
into the larger campus learning environment.
Every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. students, faculty, and staff gather for chapel. The
chapel programexists to broaden theChristianworldview throughworship, faith development
and reflective inquiry about life and world issues as well as to develop understanding of
diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic traditions and practices. Chapel attendance is required
and is considered a part of the College’s general education requirements. Wednesday classes
end at 9:45 a.m. Students will not be excused early from 9:00 a.m. classes for participation
or leadership in chapel events. The attendance policy and schedule of programs are available
through the Office of Student Development.
Convocation will focus on Inquiry, Character, Citizenship and Wellness. Convocation
attendance is required. The attendance policy and schedule of programs are available
through the Office of Academic Affairs.
All full-time students are required to attend ten (10) approved attendance services per
semester. Students may earn attendance credit by participating in other Bluefield College
activities through alternative attendance at approved events. Any student who does not
meet the required ten (10) chapels per semester will have a hold placed on their academic
transcripts and will not receive their diploma upon completion of all other academic degree
requirements. Alternative attendance events will be announced prior to the event. All
students will have the ability to monitor their own chapel through their MYBC account.
The atmosphere of chapel should be one of worship. It is expected that students will give
respect to the speaker by refraining from talking and will stay until the program is dismissed.
Cell phones, headphones, newspaper, food, drink and hats for men are not appropriate in
convocation. Male students wearing hats are to remove them before entering into Harman
Students who fail to comply with the standards will be asked to leave and no credit will be
given for that convocation.
Students may request an exemption from chapel on a semester-by semester basis. Students
must prove that they have a direct conflict with the chapel hour because of their employment
status or class required such as student teaching. All request for exemptions will be given
due consideration. A request does not guarantee an exemption. Decisions may be appealed.
The appeal must be submitted in writing by the student to the campus minister.