During the senior year, students will integrate learning, explore vocation, and prepare for their next steps academically and professionally. Highlights of the senior year experience are described below.
Capstone (Fall and Spring) Each Scholar will apply the knowledge and experience gained in the program to an individual project aimed at addressing a defined social concern. The capstone course will provide guidance for this project and for a project-related, written thesis that synthesizes cumulative learning. Senior Scholars will involve other students (including freshman Scholars) in their projects to demonstrate leadership and organizational competencies. Students may apply for limited funding for their projects.
Graduation (Spring) Successful candidates will be awarded an Undergraduate Honors Certificate in Ethical Leadership and will be recognized at a university commencement ceremony.
John Howard Symposium (Spring) Scholars will present their completed projects to faculty and peers in an annual John Howard Symposium, in honor of the British prison reformer after whom Samford was originally named. The best papers will be selected for publication in the program’s online journal, hosted on the Mann Center website.
Retreat (Fall) Seniors and other Scholars will join freshmen for the second day of their 2-day retreat. The purposes of the retreat will be to reconnect, set goals and introduce a new cohort of Scholars.