BIRMINGHAM – A record 1,240 degrees were awarded recently at Samford University. That tops the 2017 record of 1,165. An estimated 250 students graduated with honors.
In the seven commencement ceremonies, 33 different degree programs were recognized, including the first graduates in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Athletic Training, Master of Science in Respiratory Care, Master of Science in Health Informatics and Bachelor of Science in healthcare administration programs in the College of Health Sciences.
Graduating students represented 28 states and seven other countries: United Kingdom, Malaysia, China, France, South Korea, Canada and Germany.
The following Cullman-area students earned degrees:
John Hood of Addison- Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Billy Barnette of Cullman- Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Hollie Bennett of Cullman- Bachelor of Science in Business Admin Cum Laude in Management
Caroline Johnson of Cullman- Bachelor of Science in Nursing Cum Laude in Nursing
Hannah Proctor of Hanceville- Bachelor of Music Summa Cum Laude in Piano Pedagogy
Kelsey Ryan of Hanceville- Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies
Jacklyn Keller of Vinemont- Bachelor of Science in Education Cum Laude in Early Childhood/Elementary/Special Education/Colla
Kaeleigh Nuss of Vinemont- Doctor of Pharmacy in Pharmacy
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 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 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.