Published on November 18, 2019
In the opening session, I did as I often do, calling a few current students (without warning) to the stage and then pitching questions to them. My concluding question was, “What gives you hope?” Grayson Hill, a senior from Cordova, Tennessee, had perhaps the most poignant reply. I don’t have a recording of his remarks, but a close paraphrase would be along these lines: we all struggle, and Samford is a good place for struggling.
The world is better because of the clear, strong, humble, hopeful voice of students like Grayson Hill.
About Samford University—Samford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of 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 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.