Samford University celebrated several historic milestones during spring commencement activities, including the largest graduating class in the university’s 177-year history.
A record 1,277 degrees were awarded, although the official total will not be available until all grades have been submitted and graduates certified, according to university officials. That tops the 2018 record of 1,240. An estimated 350 students graduated with honors. In the seven commencement ceremonies, 33 different degree programs were recognized.
Commencement speakers, whose speech excerpts can be found in the summaries below, included graduating students, distinguished faculty, and industry professionals. Several are Samford alumni.
Emily Youree, a University Fellow and English major from Madison, Alabama, received the President’s Cup, awarded to the graduating student with the highest undergraduate grade point average across all Samford colleges and schools. She was one of five students to receive prestigious honors during commencement ceremonies.
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