Samford University has scheduled two commencement ceremonies Dec. 16 for the 351 students expected to graduate at the end of the fall semester. This is 50 more graduates than December 2016, necessitating the need for two ceremonies in the Wright Fine Arts Center, university officials said.
The College of Health Sciences and Cumberland School of Law will hold a joint ceremony at 8:30 a.m., followed by a joint ceremony at 11 a.m. for School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Brock School of Business and Orlean Beeson School of Education.
Samford President Andrew Westmoreland will speak at both ceremonies.
Beeson Divinity School’s commencement and consecration service is Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel. David S. Dockery, president of Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, will speak.
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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.