Last Thursday Dr. Mike Ledgerwood (chair) and our Department of World Languages and Cultures continued a Samford tradition that began in the 1950s, hosting a convocation program called “Christmas Around the World.” Hundreds of students read scripture and sang carols in 17 different languages,including the singing of “We Three Kings” in English—by our students in the English as a Second Language program.  When Dr. Doug Clapp was sidelined with the flu on Thursday morning, Dr. Ledgerwood covered for him by leading our students in Latin with the singing of “Veni Emmanuel.”  “I figured if I waved my hands people would respond,” said Dr. Ledgerwood.  “I’m glad that was true.  And don’t mention this to Dr. Hopkins!” 

(Sorry, Mike.  The line was too good not to pass along.)

The world is better because we speak many languages—and we teach many languages at Samford.


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 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 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.