Published on December 3, 2012 by William Nunnelley  

Federal District Judge Karon O. Bowdre of the Northern District of Alabama will speak at Samford University's fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center.  The Very Reverend Frank F. Limehouse III, dean of Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, will speak at the commencement and service of consecration for Samford's Beeson Divinity School Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. in Hodges Chapel.

Samford will confer degrees on about 269 graduates during fall commencement.

Judge Bowdre is a graduate of both Samford and its Cumberland School of Law, where she also taught.  Born in Montgomery, Bowdre earned her undergraduate degree in 1977 and her law degree in 1981.

She practiced law with the Birmingham firm of Rives and Peterson from 1982 until 1990.  She began teaching at Cumberland in 1989, and was a member of the faculty until her 2001 appointment by President George W. Bush to the federal bench.

Dean Limehouse was called to Cathedral Church of the Advent in 2005. Previously, he was rector of St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Beaufort, S.C., and of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Hartsville, S.C.

He holds degrees from Wofford College and Virginia Theological Seminary.


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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.