Published on August 3, 2021  
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The Samford University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the return of in-person Homecoming Weekend traditions set to take place Nov. 5-6. While the full event listing will be released in September, the weekend’s calendar already boasts some can’t-miss events, including a reunion breakfast for the classes of 1994, 1995, 2010 and 2011, the traditional Golden Bulldog Brunch, where the classes of 1970 and 1971 will be honored, a special worship service on Saturday morning before the campus-wide tailgate on Saturday and an exciting game as the Bulldogs take on The Citadel.

The SUAA will also provide alumni with a new twist on a time-honored tradition. In place of the traditional Candlelight Dinner on Friday, the alumni association will now host the Samford Alumni Celebration. The event will be one of the highlights of the weekend and the celebration that Samford and its distinguished alumni deserve. Alumni will feast on delicious food stations, take in the delightful music and enjoy an atmosphere fit for the best Bulldogs, all while reveling in all that Samford was, is and will be. Both the 2020 and 2021 Alumni of the Year honorees will be recognized, and we will be joined by President Beck A. Taylor and First Lady and Executive Director of the Legacy League Julie Taylor.

For families with small children who may be looking for a more casual way to connect with Samford friends, the Samford Family Homecoming Dinner is a great option on Friday night. Stay tuned for more details and be sure to mark your calendars for these special events. Most events are free to attend and open to all alumni, family and friends. The Alumni Celebration dinner is $20 to attend. Registration will open in September.

The SUAA is also looking forward to recognizing the 2020 and 2021 alumni award recipients: Alumni of the Year G. Michael Escoe ’84, Brandon Bailey ’05, Gary Cooney ’74, and Jody Hunt ’82; Outstanding Young Alumnae of the Year Lindsey Harris ’06, Mary Kathryn Covert Steel ’07 and Alex McClure Colvin ’12; and, Humanitarians of the Year Katherine ’04 and Jay Wolf ’06, Herbie Newell ’01 and Lynn Smith ’76.

 
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 US News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.