Posted by William Nunnelley on 2006-12-08

Samford University will graduate around 314 seniors during fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 16. The program is scheduled for Wright Center Concert Hall at 10 a.m.

Dr. Chuck Sands, chair of the Samford exercise science and sports medicine department and winner of this year's John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Samford, will deliver the address. His speech will begin a tradition of having the Buchanan Award winner speak at fall commencement.

The president's reception for seniors and their families will follow commencement in the main dining room of Beeson University Center.

Other Samford commencement activities will include:

Friday, Dec. 15-Pinning ceremony for Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing graduates, Hodges Chapel, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16-Hooding ceremony for School of Business MBA graduates, Brock Forum, 7:30 a.m.; closing reception for the graduating senior art show, Swearingen Hall Art Gallery, immediately following commencement; Air Force ROTC commissioning ceremony, Hodges Chapel, 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the Student Commons.

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.