Published on April 22, 2022  
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Five commencement ceremonies will be held April 29-30 to celebrate 1,287 graduates from Samford University. Each ceremony will also be livestreamed and available to watch at

Four of the five ceremonies will take place in the Pete Hanna Center. The commencement for Beeson Divinity School will be held in the Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel. Graduates may invite as many guests as they like, but seating is limited in both venues and will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

To kick off the celebrations, the class of 2022, along with President Beck A. Taylor, will participate in the traditional Senior Walk, followed by the formal opening of commencement weekend. Graduates will walk down Centennial Walk wearing their academic regalia at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. A class photograph and a short program featuring music and presentations by class officers will follow in Sherman Circle.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 28

Senior Walk Celebration
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Walk and Sherman Circle

Friday, April 29

Beeson Divinity School
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel 

Brock School of Business; Orlean Beeson School of Education
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Pete Hanna Center

College of Health Sciences:
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing; McWhorter School of Pharmacy; School of Health Professions; School of Public Health
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Pete Hanna Center

Saturday, April 30

Howard College of Arts & Sciences; School of the Arts
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Pete Hanna Center

Cumberland School of Law
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Pete Hanna Center

Parking and Traffic

More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend commencement weekend at Samford, which is likely to cause traffic congestion. Samford and Homewood police officers will be on site to assist with traffic and direct guests on where to go. Signs will be posted around campus to indicate traffic flow patterns and identify parking locations. Please follow the directions on the signage and be observant of the police officers. Please use caution while traveling through campus and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Parking will be available but limited on campus. The following areas are designated for parking during commencement activities:

  • South Stadium Parking Lot
  • All parking areas in West Campus
  • Rotunda Drive
  • North Orlean B. Beeson Lot (by the Orlean Beeson School of Education)
  • South Orlean B. Beeson Lot (by the Orlean Beeson School of Education)
  • East Stadium Parking Lot
  • Lower Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center Parking Lot
  • North Parking Deck
  • ADA accessible parking will be reserved in the three parking tiers on the west side of the Pete Hanna Center.

View a campus map.

For more information, visit Samford’s graduation website.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.