Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-12-16

Former educator Paul R. Corts reminded Samford University's 230 fall graduates Dec. 13 that Commencement is an end that is really a beginning and offered the seniors "words of encouragement" in the form of six principles to live by.

The former president of Palm Beach Atlantic and Wingate universities advised seniors to fix a course and follow it carefully, to love life and respect people, to value character development, to choose friends and associates carefully, to commit to serving others and to live a life that leaves a worthy legacy.

"Little of real value in life just happens," said Corts. "Most anything of real worth happens because someone visioned a thing, developed a plan, and worked to make it happen."

The speaker reminded the seniors that colleges graduates are a select group. "To whom much is given, much is expected in return," he continued. He urged them to "reach out and touch a hurting world for good" through public service, community service, missions and voluntarism as they pursued their careers.

Corts is assistant attorney general for administration of the United States. He is the brother of Samford President Thomas E. Corts.


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.