University Event Calendar

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.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Prospective Student Open House
August 3, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

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August 24 – August 26
Samford University

Opening Convocation
August 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Wright Center

This formal event signifies the official opening of the university’s 177th academic year.

2018 Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference
September 7, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Samford University

The topic for this year’s Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEAL) Conference is “The Ethics of Access to Health Care: Are We Doing Too Much or Too Little?”

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School of the Arts Faculty Gala underwritten by Patty McDonald
September 11, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

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

Consortium on Global Education Conference
September 12 – September 14
Samford University

Bobby Horton presents Songs and Stories of the Civil War
September 13, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Based on his long-time association with film maker Ken Burns, Horton shares moving stories and music from the Civil War era. Free admission

Family Weekend
September 14 – September 16
Samford University

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

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Developments and Trends in Health Care Law 2018
September 14, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Birmingham Marriott

Developments and Trends in Health Care Law 2018 is approved for six CLE credit hours in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, including one hour of ethics credit.

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Rite of Passage 2018
September 14, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pete Hanna Center

Approximately 140 students participated in the Rite of Passage ceremony, which celebrates undergraduate pre-business students declaring their major.

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Annual Emergency Readiness Day
September 19, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Samford University

Coordinated by the university’s Emergency Readiness Team (ERT), the day features community agencies, food trucks and activities designed to bring awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness and introducing community partners and agencies who provide emergency response information and services.

What is Anglicanism? Annual Anglican Theology Conference
September 25, 8:30 a.m. – September 26, 12 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School

Beeson Divinity School hosts an annual conference on Anglicanism in September. This year's conference will explore what it means to be Anglican. The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship. There will be an optional banquet on Tuesday with limited seating for an additional $50.

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Tim Hawkins Live with Dustin Nickerson
September 28, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Tim Hawkins is one of the most in-demand comedians in the country, with over 100 sold-out concerts annually. Tickets at

Accounting Career Night
October 2, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Regions Community Resource Room, 400 Cooney Hall

This networking event provides an opportunity for accounting majors and those interested in majoring in accounting to interact with more than 30 accounting firms to explore internship opportunities and full-time employment.

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Courage to Care Gala
October 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Florentine Building, 2101 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

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

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Lion's Den
October 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Business as Mission Competition

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Takács Quartet
October 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

The Takács Quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. With a recent new member, it continues a long tradition of uncompromising attention to detail. Samford Arts welcomes this talented group from the University of Colorado. This performance is copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

Reformation Heritage Lectures
October 30 – October 31

Each year, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University sponsors The Reformation Heritage Lectures during Reformation Week. The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century was a tremendous movement of spiritual and ecclesial renewal, which called the church back to its biblical and evangelical roots.

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The Heart Behind the Music with Heather Land, Lauren Duski, Mo Pitney, and Lenny LeBlanc
November 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Since 2011, The Heart Behind the Music has been bringing to the stage some of the world's best singers and songwriters who share meaning and music behind their hit songs.

Homecoming 2018
November 2 – November 3
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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Jere F. White Jr Trial Advocacy Institute
November 9, 8:25 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham, AL 35203

The CLE program features a "who's who" of skilled litigators, fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, who will provide tips and advice on trial work, including voir dire, opening statements, cross-examination, and closing statements.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Jovanni-Rey de Pedro in conjunction with the Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition
November 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Filipino-American pianist Jovanni-Rey de Pedro has developed an international reputation as a soloist, collaborator, pedagogue, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He recently joined the faculty at Samford's School of the Arts and is this year's host of the Morris Competition.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! presents Home for the Holidays
December 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Celebrate the season with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Tickets at

Fall Commencement
December 15, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Pete Hanna Center
Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! presents The Mambo Kings
January 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Enjoy New York's foremost Latin jazz ensemble, in concert with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Tickets at

Step Sing
February 7 – February 9
Wright Center

Step Sing continues to be one of Samford's most popular traditions, and is a popular event not only among students, but also prospective students, employees, alumni and the Birmingham community.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents SYBARITE5
March 5, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm and forever changed the perception of chamber music performance. This performance is copresented by Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Rachel Barton Pine
March 21, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, Rachel Barton Pine combines her innate gift for emotional communication with scholarly historical research. She dazzles audiences with her infectious talent. Her performance is copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

The Midtown Men, Underwritten by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith Inc.
April 4, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

The Midtown Men reunite stars from The Original Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show.

Big Give
April 9 – April 10