Published on May 7, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Day of Spanish
Students take part in the Day of Spanish on Samford's Quad

Samford’s Department of World Languages and Cultures hosted a special event April 23 as part of the international Day of Spanish Language celebration led by the United Nations (UN). The celebration–on the anniversary of author Miguel Cervantes Saavedra’s death in 1616–is meant to increase awareness of Spanish language, history and culture.

Professor Dieter A. Waldvogel said Samford’s Spanish program joined the celebration for the first time this year, offering music, food, drinks and samples of cultural products and practices from Spain and Latin America.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.