Published on December 18, 2019 by Sarah Cain  

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.