Posted by Philip Poole on 2008-05-17

Five Samford University graduates received the university's top awards at commencement ceremonies May 16-17.

Three students tied for the President's Cup, which is presented to the students in the graduating class with the highest grade-point-average. Samford officials said it was rare for three students to tie for the honor.

At May 17 commencement ceremonies, President's Cup recipients were Elizabeth Ann Rice of Tupelo, Miss., who received the bachelor of music education degree, and John Andrew Wesley of Texarkana, Texas, who received the bachelor of arts degree in music.

Deborah Ann Norris of Lake Placid, Fla., graduated in December 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in family studies.

Kristen Suzanne O'Dillon of Hanceville, Ala., received the Velma Wright Irons Award as the graduating student with the second highest grade-point-average. O'Dillon earned a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry.

At May 16 graduation ceremonies for the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Mary Katherine Nunnally was presented the John C. Pittman Spirit Award as the student in the graduating class who demonstrates exceptional Christian character in student life.