Posted by Sean Flynt on 2007-04-18
The Samford community will pause at noon on Thursday, April 19, to pay respects to those who perished at Virginia Tech this week. The simple ceremony will be held on Centennial Walk and will consist of the chiming of the hour, a wreath-laying, and the playing of a hymn. "It is a small gesture, but it will allow us to join our hearts in solidarity with our peers and colleagues in Virginia," said Samford president Andrew Westmoreland.
 
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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.