Published on December 18, 2019 by Sarah Cain
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Watch Samford's official lighting of the campus Christmas tree at the annual Lighting of the Way. The tradition, which signifies the start of the holiday season at Samford, is a favorite among students, staff and faculty. Following the tree lighting, Samford First Lady Jeanna Westmoreland performs her annual reading of The Christmas Story to kick off a night of fellowship and fun.
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 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.