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Weddings at Samford University

A.H. Reid Chapel

About Reid Chapel

A.Hamilton Reid Chapel, one of Samford University’s most symbolic buildings, is the perfect indoor location for couples to convey their love and commitment to one another. Rich in history and tradition, Reid Chapel was modeled in the image of the first Baptist church built in the Americas. Students at Samford experience many memorable events in this revered chapel, ranging from weekly convocation services to the Hanging of the Green. Reid Chapel has also served as a scenic backdrop for numerous University celebrations, ceremonies, and musical events located on Samford’s campus. Be a part of Samford University’s history as you start your life together in Reid Chapel!

Avery Hamilton Reid
Avery Hamilton’s dedicated service among Alabama Baptists spans a lifetime. Born and educated in Alabama, an Alumnus of Howard College, he held important pastorates in the state, was vice-president of Howard College (1940s-1945), and provided exceptional leadership as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Alabama Baptist State Executive Board (1945-1963) In these positions, he made highly significant contributions to the growth and development of Howard College.

Samford’s Convocation program encourages students to develop both spiritually and academically by providing a variety of programs that seek to integrate faith and learning from a distinctively Christian perspective. As an academic requirement for all undergraduate students, Convocation reinforces Samford’s identity as a Christian university that nurtures persons “for God, for learning, forever.”

Hanging of the Green
The annual Hanging of the Green ceremony is one of the beloved tradition of Samford students that takes place in Reid Chapel. The tradition started in 1965 when the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity sang a few songs and read short scripture passages. This continued until 1980 when the official Hanging of the Green began.

“The service was begun by Ginny Bridges Ireland — then director of Campus Ministries — in 1980, patterned after the traditional Lessons and Carols Service in Cambridge, U.K. (King’s College),” said April Robinson, campus student minister.

For more information, watch the video documenting Samford’s 2012 Hanging of the Green & Lighting of the Way!

Jane Slaughter Hardenbergh Memorial Organ
Samford’s 1962 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ was enhanced and totally refurbished by Quimby Pipe Organ Company in 2011. The magnificent instrument now bears the name of the empowering mentor, tireless Samford organ professor and cheerful church musician who chose Aeolian-Skinner to build the university’s instrument.

To experience the beautiful organ, watch this video on how the Hardenbergh Memorial Organ Will Leave Lasting Legacy at Samford University!