Posted by William Nunnelley on 2010-12-13

Samford University will graduate about 200 seniors during fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

W. Clark Watson, chairman of the Samford board of trustees, will speak. An attorney, Watson is a partner in the Birmingham firm of Balch & Bingham, LLP. He is a 1981 graduate of Samford’s Cumberland School of Law. A reception will follow commencement in the cafeteria of Beeson University Center.

On Friday, Dec. 17, Samford’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing will hold its pinning ceremony at 1 p.m. in Reid Chapel, and the University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment will hold its commissioning ceremony at 2 p.m. in Hodges Chapel.

Also on Saturday, Dec, 18, Samford’s Brock School of Business will have its hooding ceremony at 8 a.m. in Brock Forum. Neal Wade, senior vice president for economic development, St. Joe Co. and a 1969 Samford graduate, will speak. The graduating senior art show is on exhibit in the Samford Art Gallery Dec. 13-18. A reception will be held in the gallery following commencement.

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.