Published on August 17, 2020 by Sarah Cain  

Thousands joined Samford remotely on Aug. 15 to honor the class of May 2020 with the university’s virtual commencement ceremonies.

The university conferred 1,379 degrees across 10 ceremonies released throughout the day. To celebrate each school, the university created unique individual commencement websites highlighting ceremony speakers and graduate profiles.

Following all speaker addresses and reading of graduates' names, University President Andrew Westmoreland offered well wishes and congratulations. 

“Class of 2020, you are now well on your way to the challenges and opportunities of an abundant life. We hope your journey will lead you back to see us soon and often,” Westmoreland said. “We will miss you; we already miss you. We have missed you since last March. May these newfound experiences be all you dare to dream, and may God provide blessings and opportunities beyond your expectation.”

Westmoreland also recognized seven graduates who prepared for military service through the university’s Air Force ROTC detachment and the annual university awards.

Theresa Marie Andrzejewski, a psychology major from Madison, Alabama, received the President’s Cup award. This award is given to the graduating student with the highest undergraduate grade point average (GPA) across all Samford colleges and schools.

Anna Ruth Waters, a speech-language pathology major from Lexington, Kentucky, received the Velma Wright Irons Award as the graduating student with the second-highest undergraduate GPA across all Samford colleges and schools.

Joyner Bousquet, a healthcare administration major from Suwanee, Georgia, received the John C. Pittman Spirit Award. Named for alumnus and longtime trustee, John C. Pittman, the honor is awarded to the graduating student or students who most consistently exhibit exceptional Christian character and community life.

Samford Provost J. Michael Hardin offered the ceremonies’ closing benediction.

Additional Ceremony Coverage

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School of Public Health

Brock School of Business

Cumberland School of Law

Beeson Divinity School

Orlean Beeson School of Education

School of the Arts

Howard College of Arts and Sciences

School of Health Professions

Ida Moffett School of Nursing

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.