Student Activities & Events
The Office of Student Activities and Events is dedicated to providing a diverse calendar of campus activities and programs to provide all students with opportunities to engage in socially fulfilling experiences that offer opportunities for leadership, campus involvement, and personal development that ultimately result in a sense of value and belonging within the Samford community. We invite you to follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and leadership opportunities.
Connections is a weekend designed exclusively for incoming students. A team of 100 upperclassmen guide students through a fun-packed weekend both on-campus and around the city. Events throughout the weekend include popsicles at the President’s house, a neon dance party, and opportunities to explore Birmingham restaurants and attractions.
Welcome Back Week
Each fall, first-year Samford students are not only welcomed into the campus Samford family community, but are also introduced to the city of Birmingham and surrounding communities. A concert on the quad called Your School, Your City kicks off this week for all new and returning undergraduate and graduate students. Local businesses and restaurants surround the concert stage with tents showcasing Birmingham and what the city has to offer. Other activities take place throughout the week on Ben Brown Plaza and other campus locations helping students make friends and learn more about becoming involved and finding their place within the Samford community.
Each year, Samford students welcome their families and alumni to campus to celebrate homecoming. There are campus events all week on Ben Brown Plaza, a homecoming board decorating contest, and a concert and bonfire. To end the week, alumni and student groups gather on the quad for the biggest tailgating experience of the football season. Thousands join us for this traditional event to cheer on the bulldogs.
Lighting of the Way
At the start of each Christmas season, the quad is lined with hundred of luminaries lighting the way to a large Christmas tree on Centennial Walk. A brief ceremony includes the reading of the Christmas story and singing carols, culminating in the tree lighting and Christmas concert. More than 1,000 students and guests form the community gather for this event, helping to unite the Samford community.
Step Sing began as a sing-along on the steps of Renfroe Hall at the Howard College East Lake Campus in 1951. It was held once a semester and soon became a competition. In 1957, Howard College moved to its present location on Lakeshore Drive, bringing with it the tradition of Step Sing. In 1976, Step Sing moved to its current home in Wright Center Concert Hall. Under the direction of the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Activities and Events, Step Sing is organized by students, including musical arrangement, choreography and costume design. Step Sing has become an educational activity in which students participate through leadership development, organizational administration and time management. Students perform three days to sold-out audiences. It continues to be one of Samford's most popular traditions and is a popular event not only among students, but also prospective students, employees, alumni and the Birmingham community.
Held the last three days of classes, students engage in outdoor activities ranging inflatables and free food on Ben Brown Plaza to food trucks and an outdoor concert on the Quad. This week is designed to provide relaxation before finals and celebrate the end of another great year at Samford University.