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.

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.