Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-11-20

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will award 18 graduate degrees during Commencement and Consecration activity Wednesday, Dec. 3. The program will be at 11 a.m. in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel.

Dr. James Earl Massey, dean emeritus and distinguished professor-at-large, Anderson University School of Theology, will give the sermon, "The Lord Be With You."

Beeson graduate Daven Watkins, pastor of First Baptist church, Pleasant Grove, will offer the prayer of consecration.

During the school's traditional time of consecration, each Beeson faculty member will bless each graduate.

Degrees to be awarded include four Master of Theological Studies, 11 Master of Divinity and three Doctor of Ministry.

Commencement for all other Samford fall graduates will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. in Pete Hanna Center.

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.