Posted by William Nunnelley on 2006-05-03

Retiring President Thomas E. Corts will deliver the address at Samford University commencement Saturday, May 20. A total of 849 seniors will receive diplomas that day. Dr. Corts will speak during 10 a.m. exercises at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena. He will retire May 31 after 23 years as president.

Commencement for Samford's Cumberland School of Law will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in Wright Center on campus. Florida attorney general Charlie Crist, a 1981 Samford law graduate, will speak.

Commencement Weekend will begin Friday, May 19. The President's Reception for seniors and their families will be from 2:30 until 4 p.m. in the main dining room of Beeson University Center. Baccalaureate service will be at 5 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

The Reverend Lawrence Wofford, pastor of Greater St. Luke Zion Church in Greensboro, Ala., and founder and president of the Democracy Project in Selma, Ala., will deliver the baccalaureate sermon.

Also scheduled during Commencement weekend are the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing pinning ceremony Friday, May 19, at 1 p.m. in Hodges Chapel; closing reception for the Samford Senior Art Show in Wright Center Art Gallery following Friday's baccalaureate service; and the Samford School of Business MBA hooding ceremony Saturday, May 20, at 8 a.m. in the Terrace Cafe of Birmingham Museum of Art.

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.