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.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.