Published on August 22, 2016  

Later this week, these returning students will lead our 900 new undergraduates through their introduction to the campus, concluding with dinner and a concert on Sunday evening.

After dinner last night, the Connections leaders were given an opportunity to stand and talk about their memories of arriving at Samford as freshmen and their hopes for how they might welcome new students this week.  Among those who are now seniors, their positive, hopeful comments were laced with melancholy, as it has dawned on them that the experiences they have treasured here will soon give way to whatever lies ahead.  It is the ebb and flow of college life:  welcoming the new, preparing others to leave.  “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” we read in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3.  This is our season for welcoming, and I will cherish each moment.

The world is better because of new life for the Samford community.