Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-05-04

Drayton Nabers, Jr., chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and Donald E. Powell, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., will address Samford University seniors during Commencement weekend this month. A total of 805 graduates will receive degrees.

Nabers will speak during Baccalaureate service Friday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall at Samford. The service will follow a 2:30-4 p.m. reception for graduates and their families in Beeson University Center.

Powell will deliver the commencement address during graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena. He has been head of the government agency that insures deposits in banks and thrift institutions for up to $100,000 since Aug. 29, 2001.

Cumberland School of Law commencement will be Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. in Wright Center. Anne Pope, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission and a 1986 Cumberland graduate, will speak.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.