Published on May 17, 2014 by Mary Wimberley  
Irons Award 2014

Graduating seniors Caroline Reid Donaldson and Anna Grace Poole received Samford University's top academic awards during commencement exercises at the school May 17.

Donaldson, a double art and English major from Greer, S.C., received the President's Cup-the valedictorian award-for having the highest grade point average in the senior class.  She was presented the trophy at the graduation ceremony for Samford's School of the Arts and Orlean Bullard School of Education. She is a University Fellow.

Poole, a psychology major from Arkadelphia, Ark., received the Velma Wright Irons Award-the salutatorian award-for having the second highest average.  She was presented a silver tray at the graduation program for Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences. She is a University Fellow.

Video: Samford Commencement 2014

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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.