Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-01-21

Samford University will begin spring semester classes Monday, Jan. 24. As of Jan. 20, a total of 4,501 students were expected for spring courses.

The semester-opening convocation will be Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall. Samford provost Dr. J. Bradley Creed will speak on the topic, “Yankee Ingenuity and the Grace of God: Snapshots of Three Antebellum American Baptists.”

The convocation will also feature the presentation of the George Macon teaching award and the Jennings B. Marshall faculty service award.

Students in Samford’s Beeson Divinity School will participate in their own convocation Tuesday at 11 a.m. in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel. Alabama Baptist State Convention president Mike Shaw will give the sermon. A Samford graduate, Dr. Shaw is longtime pastor of First Baptist Church of Pelham.

The Beeson program will also include the presentation of this year’s divinity alumnus of the year award.

Students in Samford’s Cumberland School of Law and McWhorter School of Pharmacy began spring semester classes earlier this month.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.