Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-12-05

Samford University will graduate about 279 seniors Saturday, Dec. 15, in the first commencement to be held in the new Pete Hanna Center. Another 64 seniors completed requirements in August, and some of those students will likely take part in the ceremony as well.

Dr. Paul A. Richardson, Samford professor of music, will deliver the commencement address in his role as the current holder of the John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. A Samford faculty member since 1995, he received the annual award at the start of the fall semester in August.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. The President's Reception for seniors will follow the program, and will also be held in Pete Hanna Center.

The Ida V. Mofffett School of Nursing will hold its pinning ceremony Friday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. in Hodges Chapel. Samford's Air Force ROTC unit will have its commissioning ceremony Friday at 4 p.m. in Hodges Chapel. The School of Business will hold its hooding ceremony for master's degree recipients Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Forum.

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.