Last Thursday night I was the speaker for the commencement ceremony at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama, where degrees were conferred upon more than 200 students.  (Yes, I stayed well within my time limit for the speech.)  Far more significant than my remarks were the introductory comments of Snead’s chief academic officer, Dr. Jason Watts, who congratulated the students by relating the path of his own family.  The story began with the impoverished background of his grandfather in northern Alabama, how he somehow managed to enroll at Snead—and after two years found his way to Howard College.  Through a lifetime as a teacher, a preacher,and a loving parent, this grandfather brought renewed hope to his family.  

The world is better because Samford is still providing a path of hope.



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.