Published on September 21, 2016 by Philip Poole  
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by Sarah Waller 

At homecoming this November, Samford University will celebrate the people and the stories who have sustained the university for 175 years as well as the people who will continue to move it forward with a grand celebration: the 175th Anniversary Ball. 

On Friday, Nov. 11,  7–11 p.m., the Samford community is invited to dance the night away in a transformed Pete Hanna Center. 

“With decorations meant to reflect the beauty of Samford’s campus, spectacular light and media, it will be difficult to recognize the Pete,” said Michael Morgan, 175th Anniversary Planning Committee chair. 

Atlanta Rhythm and Groove, one of the South’s favorite party bands, will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening, covering decades of music from the ’40s to present-day hits. 

Morgan said a “delightful menu” will provide a variety of offerings, including stations for macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, black angus burgers and desserts. Late-night snacks will be served as well. 

“It is difficult to describe the grandness of the vision of the Anniversary Ball because there has never before been an event of this scale at Samford,” Morgan said. 

Ticket can be purchased through homecoming registration online

General admission tickets cost $100 each or two for $150. Young alumni and employee tickets cost $50 or two for $75. Young alumni are graduates 35 years or younger. 

VIP tickets cost $175 each. VIP ticket holders are invited to a special reception with Samford President Andrew Westmoreland at 6:30 p.m. in Hanna Center’s Coca-Cola Hospitality Room. The reception will serve a special menu. Ticket holders will also have access to preferred parking and a reserved seating area at the ball. 

Student tickets cost $25, and they go on sale Saturday, Oct. 1. Students will be able to purchase tickets through their Banner accounts. 

Homecoming information 

175th Anniversary 

Sarah Waller is marketing and communication coordinator for the Office of Alumni Programs.

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.