Published on May 8, 2023  
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Samford University awarded degrees to 1,217 students during six commencement ceremonies held on campus April 28-29. Ceremonies for Beeson Divinity School, Brock School of Business, Orlean Beeson School of Education, and the undergraduate College of Health Sciences commencement were held on Friday, April 28. Graduates from Cumberland School of Law, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts and graduate students from the College of Health Sciences were honored during commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, April 29. President Beck A. Taylor presided over each one.

Three awards were presented to students, including the John C. Pittman Spirit Award, the President’s Cup and the Velma Wright Irons Award.

This year, five students received the Pittman Spirit Award. The award recognizes graduating students who consistently exhibit Christian character in community life. The recipients were William Mouchette, Ella Anderson, Cole Powers, Cooper Shull and Mya Scarlet Rose Stearns.

Gregory Young received the President’s Cup. The award is given to the graduating senior with highest grade point average. Lauren Dumar received the Velma Wright Irons Award which is presented to the graduating senior with the second highest cumulative grade point average. 

For an inside look on the commencement ceremonies, watch this video. To view photos from the ceremonies, visit Samford’s commencement album on our Facebook page.

Read more about the individual ceremonies by visiting the below links:

Cumberland School of Law: Bolin Shares Advice from 50-year Legal Career with Cumberland School of Law Graduates

College of Health Sciences: CHS Graduates Encouraged to Write Their Own Stories, Focus on the 'Long Game'

Brock School of Business, Orlean Beeson School of Education: Cartledge Encourages Business and Education Graduates to Give Thanks Through Life’s Challenges

School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and Sciences: Samford's School of the Arts and Howard College of Arts and Sciences Celebrate Spring Graduates

Beeson Divinity School: Julius Kim Tells Beeson Graduates to ‘Humbly Point Others’ to Jesus

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.