Monday Mission, 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.
ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.