Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-12-06

Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School will hold commencement activity Friday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel.

Degrees will be awarded to five doctor of ministry degree candidates, 17 master of divinity degree candidates and one master of theological studies degree candidate.

Julius R. Scruggs, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., and president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., will deliver the sermon. Dr. Scruggs, the author of four books on worship and social consciousness topics, has served the Huntsville church since 1977. He was elected to the National Baptist leadership post in 2009.

The program will include a prayer of consecration by James Earl Massey, dean emeritus and distinguished professor-at-large, Anderson University School of Theology, and the traditional blessing of the graduates by the Beeson faculty.

Fall commencement activity for other Samford graduates will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.