The Samford University Event Calendar offers a central listing of significant university events that are open to the Samford community or the public. Samford employees may access a comprehensive event schedule in SPACES. OrgSync provides a similar solution for students. The registrar’s office maintains the official academic calendar. Academic units, advancement, athletics and Samford Arts maintain audience specific calendars.

Cumberland School of Law First-Year Orientation
August 12, 8 a.m. – August 14, 5 p.m.
Memory Leake Robinson Hall

Cumberland School of Law hosts orientation for its entering first-year law students.

A Cappella Choir Choral Vespers
September 6, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join Samford's award-winning A Cappella Choir for the monthly choral vespers service.

Space, Time and History: Jesus and the Challenge of God, featuring N.T. Wright
September 9, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

What do we mean when we say God, and how do we know? Those questions have exercised theologians, philosophers and enquiring minds of all sorts for centuries, often without considering the historical world of meaning in which Jesus himself lived.

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School of the Arts Faculty Gala underwritten by Patty McDonald
September 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Join School of the Arts for an entertaining evening showcasing its talented faculty.

A Debate on the Meaning of Israel, featuring N.T. Wright and Mark Kinzer
September 11, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

N. T. Wright and Mark Kinzer will debate the place of non-Messianic Jews in God’s covenant. They will address the following two questions: Are non-messianic Jews members of God’s covenanted people? If so, do they as a people have a unique covenantal calling that distinguishes their calling from that of every other society or nation?

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The Magic of David Garrard
September 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Samford alumnus and world class magician, David Garrard brings his special brand of magic to Samford. David’s mix of magic and music has made him popular with audiences throughout the United States for more than 50 years. He recently appeared on the popular television show Penn and Teller: Fool Us! David’s show will feature audience participation tricks, so be ready to help make the magic happen! David will also perform several larger illusions, such as Houdini’s Trunk or Sawing a Woman in Two. Admission is free and no ticket necessary!

Annual Anglican Theology Conference
September 24, 8 a.m. – September 25, 12 p.m.
Regions Room, Brock School of Business

Beeson Divinity School hosts an annual conference on Anglicanism in September. This year's conference will explore the Jewish roots of Christianity. The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship.

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Courage to Care Gala
September 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Club, 1 Robert S Smith Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209

Join us as we honor distinguished alumni from Ida Moffett School of Nursing and Birmingham Baptist Hospital.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Sammy Miller and the Congregation
October 1, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Co-presented by the Wright Center. A native of Los Angeles, Grammy® nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they share the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. Award winning theatre incubator, Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to develop their genre-bending show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, and Queen Latifah at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world. Get onboard @smcongregation.

Family Weekend
October 4 – October 6
Samford University

During this annual event, Samford families come together to enjoy campus and build community with other Samford families.

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Emma Taylor Theatre for Youth Series presents Ella Enchanted, the musical
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Harrison Theatre

Aren’t fairy godmothers supposed to be helpful? Ella has been given the “gift” of obedience, placing her under a spell that forces her to do as everyone commands her. Strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, and encounters ogres, giants, fairy godmothers and a handsome prince along the way. Based on the Newbery- winning book and popular film, Ella Enchanted is a modern musical twist on the Cinderella story as Ella seeks to find her own voice and live as her true self. This event opens with an invitation only FirstNight on Thursday, Oct. 3 with a special presentation for area agencies.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing White Coat Ceremony
October 6, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Samford University, Brock Recital Hall, Birmingham, Alabama

The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes nursing students entering clinical nursing and serves as a reminder of their commitment to provide compassionate care to each of their patients.

Singing in Heaven! The Annual Hymn Sing
October 6, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Reid Chapel

Join Samford friends and families for the beloved annual hymn sing in Reid Chapel during Family Weekend.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony
October 11, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Shades Mountain Baptist Church

Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy will recognize its first-year students at its annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, October 11, at Shade Mountain Baptist Church. A reception will follow the ceremony in the College of Health Sciences lobby.

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Opera Birmingham presents Catch a Rising Star
October 20, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Catch a Rising Star features the winner of our 2019 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition in an intimate recital. Previous competition winners have included a number of artists who have gone on to international careers, with this concert providing valuable exposure and experience for the rising generation of opera stars.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Chanticleer
October 22, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Co-presented by Birmingham Chamber Music Society. Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Chanticleer is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.

Christopher Houlihan Organ Recital
October 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Reid Chapel

The organist Christopher Houlihan has established an international reputation as an "intelligently virtuoso musician” (Gramophone), hailed for his "glowing, miraculously life-affirming performances" (Los Angeles Times). Join Samford's School of the Arts for the special free concert.

Homecoming 2019
November 8 – November 9
Samford University

From reunions, tailgates, Alumni of the Year Awards, and much more, this is a weekend that you will cherish for a life time.

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Opera Birmingham presents Sounds of the Season
December 15, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Kick off the holidays with Sounds of the Season, a concert of favorites both sacred and secular. Drawing on the talent of the Opera Birmingham Chorus, the concert will feature a variety of solo and ensemble performances by native Birmingham artists, setting the perfect mood for the holiday season.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Pianist Gabriela Montero
February 4, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times, “Montero’s playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity.” Co-presented by the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

Melissa Manchester
February 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester comes to Samford, part of the Tonight at the Wright entertainment series.

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Opera Birmingham presents Cinderella
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Wright Center

For the first time ever, Opera Birmingham brings to life Massenet’s enchanting French opera, Cinderella! With soaring love duets, and thrilling high notes, this magical operatic gem is one not to be missed. Join us for this classic fairy-tale love story, perfect for opera lovers of all ages and anyone who believes in true love and happily-ever-after! Features the Opera Birmingham Chorus and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Invoke
March 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental quartet is fueled by their passion for storytelling and their music is infused with traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to form a unique contemporary repertoire, featuring original works composed by and for the group. Guest residency will include Monday Coffee House Composition Competition and Tuesday public recital. Concert is co-presented by Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

Destination Motown featuring Sensational Soul Cruisers
March 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

The Sensational Soul Cruisers are an 11 piece show band that performs “Destination Motown,” where they deliver the greatest hits by the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and so many others. It is a multi-media show with this incredible live band that are described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations, delivering a “WOW” show, time after time.

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McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony
April 3, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Samford University, Reid Chapel

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony honors third-year students as they make the transition from didactic courses to advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Reception to follow in the College of Health Sciences lobby.

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2020 Samford Gives Back
April 4, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wright Center, Community Service

Students will meet in The Wright Center at 8 a.m. for a brief orientation session and then disperse to serve with their chosen community partners until around 12 p.m. Participating students receive a free Samford Gives Back t-shirt and breakfast, and earn 4 convocation credits.

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