What is Chapel?
The purpose of HSU chapel is to enlighten by faith the
Hardin-Simmons community through worship, dialogue, and service. Chapel meets
every Tuesday at 9:30a.m. in Behrens Auditorium.
I feel like I need to talk to someone about something I'm
Dr. Kelly Pigott is always available to speak
confidentially with students. There are numerous resources both on and off
campus that can be utilized to help you get better. Speaking to the chaplain is
the best place to start. Call 671-2190 to setup an appointment.
Is chapel required?
HSU students are required to accumulate 80 chapel credits
in order to graduate. This averages to 10 chapels per semester. Approximately
20 credits can be earned in chapel in any given semester. In addition, there
are alternative events such as plays, recitals, assemblies, concerts, and the
Logsdon chapel service where a student can earn chapel credits.
How do I earn chapel credits?
At most events, a scanner will be setup in the lobby for
you to scan your OneCard (student ID) at the end of the program. Make sure to
do so or you will not get credit. At a few events a signup sheet is provided.
Make sure to write your name and ID number legibly.
One bonus chapel credit can be earned by attending at least
ten chapels in a semester. This credit will be added automatically by the
beginning of the following semester.
What are the chapel requirements for transfer students?
Transfer students will automatically receive 10 chapel
credits for each full semester completed from their previous school, not to
exceed 60. This is true even for students who may have attended more chapels
than this at their previous school. For example, a first semester sophomore has
completed two semesters and will be credited with 20 chapels, needing 60 more
credits to graduate. Transfer students must attend at least 20 chapels at HSU
in order to meet their chapel requirements.
If this is your first semester, give the registrars until
next semester to indicate this on your OneCard. If you feel an error has been
made on the number of credits you received, see the registrars.
How will I know how many chapels I've attended?
Each time you swipe your OneCard, the scanner will let
you know how many credits you have. Each credit equals one chapel, and the
total will carry-over to the next semester. If you want to know how many more
chapels you need to attend, simply subtract the number of credits from 80.
I can't make chapel on Tuesdays, what can I do?
To see a list of upcoming alternative chapel events,
If you'd like to do community service, click here to
download the form. Fill it out and have it signed by the supervisor listed. For
every hour you volunteer you get one chapel credit.
If your situation is especially challenging, you can
download a chapel waiver form here. Please note that the
chapel advisory committee grants these waivers, and they meet only once a
semester. In addition, most requests are NOT granted. A student must
demonstrate to the committee that they face a difficult hardship. For example,
working full time is NOT a sufficient reason. However, a single parent working
full time and taking care of children at home typically will be granted a
When do I have to have my chapel requirement fulfilled?
A graduating senior must have their chapel requirement
fulfilled by the due date for diploma cards. After this, the registrar
schedules deadlines that prohibit getting one’s name in the program receiving
tickets for the ceremony.See the
registrar for these deadlines. If a
student does not achieve 80 credits by graduation, he/she will NOT receive a
degree until the requirement has been met.
I forgot to bring my ID to chapel, can I still get
The handbook states that a student must bring a valid ID
card to chapel and swipe at one of the machines in order to get credit.
I'd like to help out with chapel, how can I get involved?
If you are interested in providing leadership for chapel,
contact Dr. Kelly Pigott in the Connally Missions Center.
I have an idea for a speaker, musical group, topic, etc.
Great! Email Dr. Kelly Pigott at firstname.lastname@example.org with
all the information you have. There's no guarantee that the person or group
will be invited, but we're always looking for good ideas.
I have a question about the number of chapel credits
showing up on my OneCard.
Whitney Cloud handles all the questions pertaining to
chapel credits. She can be reached at 671-2190, or you can email her at