Samford Announces Speakers, Schedule for Spring Commencement Activities

Published on April 13, 2018 by William Nunnelley  
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Samford University has announced speakers for its seven commencement ceremonies in May. Approximately 1,265 students will graduate, and all the programs may be viewed via live stream.

The schedule of programs and speakers includes:

May 4, Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel, 11 a.m. Speaker: David Eldridge, pastor, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Homewood.

May 4, College of Health Sciences Graduate Students, Hanna Center, 2 p.m. Speakers: Christian Watts, candidate for Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions; Anna Aultman, candidate for Doctor of Nursing Practice-Administration, Ida Moffett School of Nursing; Stephan Scott, candidate for Doctor of Pharmacy, McWhorter School of Pharmacy; and Annette Scott, candidate for Master of Social Work, School of Public Health.

May 11, Brock School of Business, Wright Center, 11:30 a.m. Speaker: C. Keith Herron, senior executive vice president, Regions Financial Corporation, Birmingham.

May 11, College of Health Sciences Undergraduate Students, Wright Center, 3:30 p.m. Speakers: Nicole Klaubert, candidate for Bachelor of Science, School of Health Professions; Emily King, candidate for Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Ida Moffett School of Nursing; Geoffrey Hunt, candidate for Bachelor of Science, McWhorter School of Pharmacy; and Kylie Durrance, candidate for Bachelor of Science, School of Public Health.

May 11, Cumberland School of Law, Wright Center, 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Herman N. (Rusty) Johnson, Jr., U. S. Magistrate Judge.

May 12, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Wright Center, 10 a.m. Speaker: Roderick J. Evans, attorney, Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, Birmingham.

May 12, School of the Arts and Orlean Beeson School of Education, Wright Center, 2 p.m. Speaker: Lowell Vann, artist and retired chair, Samford Department of Art.  

Other activities related to commencement during this period include:

May 4, Ida Moffett School of Nursing Accelerated Second-degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, 10 a.m.

May 11, Ida Moffett School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, 10 a.m.

May 11, AFROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Bolding Studio, 10 a.m.

May 12, Graduating Senior Art Exhibit Reception sponsored by Steve and Debby Heitzke, Samford Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall, following School of the Arts and Orlean Beeson School of Education commencement.

May 23, AFROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Bolding Studio, 10 a.m.

Several schools, departments or organizations may be hosting receptions or other events as part of commencement. Contact the school, department or organization for specific details.

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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 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 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.