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.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.