Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-12-05

Samford University will graduate about 261 seniors during fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 17, in Wright Center at 10 a.m.

            Bobby Horton, a musician and music historian and 1972 Samford accounting graduate, will speak.  Known for his work to preserve American song, Horton has collaborated with documentary film maker Ken Burns on 13 projects, selecting and in some cases playing music for such Burns projects at The Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, The National Parks and others.

            The Birmingham native is also a seasoned performer who plays instruments ranging from the banjo to the trumpet.  He was a founding member of the band, Three on a String, and continues to perform with the popular trio.

             Other commencement-related activities include:

             * Friday, Dec. 16---Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 10 a.m., Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

             * Saturday, Dec. 17---Faculty Recognition Ceremony for Brock School of Business graduates, 7:30 a.m., Brock Forum; Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Hooding Ceremony, 8 a.m., Rotunda; Graduating Senior Art Exhibition Reception, following Commencement, Art Gallery; and Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 2 p.m., Hodges Chapel.        




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.