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March 17, 2014 | by Aaron Jones

Dallas, TX – Six hundred twenty students received degrees during Dallas Baptist University’s May Commencement services held on Thursday and Friday, May 15-16, 2014. Of those graduating, 369 received bachelor’s degrees, 241 earned master’s degrees, 7 earned doctoral degrees, and 3 received associate degrees.

Commencement addresses were given by Dr. Matt Murrah, vice president for technology at DBU, Dr. Steve Mullen, Dean of the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, and Shauna Chaffin, DBU graduate.

During the commencement ceremonies, DBU presented the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Michael D. Arnold. Arnold, first arriving as a student at DBU in 1991, spent three years of his college career as the starting catcher on the Patriot Baseball Team and served as captain of the 1994 squad that made the NAIA World Series. After graduating with his bachelor’s in psychology, Arnold joined the DBU staff as an assistant in the President’s Office while also beginning to pursue a law degree from SMU. Arnold completed his degree in 1999 and started Arnold Stone, Inc. two years later. Serving on the board of trustees for 12 years, twice as chair, DBU is proud to recognize Michael D. Arnold with the Doctor of Humanities honorary degree.

Dr. Matt Murrah, born in Australia and raised in Texas, arrived as a DBU freshman in 1993. After graduating with his undergraduate degree in business, Dr. Murrah continued to engage himself in campus life, first as a resident director in the Student Life Office. After completing his MBA from DBU, Dr. Murrah moved back home to Blanco where he was elected as a councilman for the Blanco City Council while working for H-E-B and Fresh Air. In 2004, Dr. Murrah returned to the DBU campus to serve in a variety of capacities before being appointed as vice president for technology, a position that he holds to this day. Dr. Murrah and his wife, Karen, have three children: Molly, Daniel, and Mae.

Dr. Steve Mullen, a native of Arkansas, has been a member of the DBU family for 17 years and currently serves in the capacity of dean of the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith. While attending Ouachita Baptist University to complete his undergraduate work, Dr. Mullen served various churches in youth and education positions. Moving to Fort Worth, Dr. Mullen completed his master’s and doctoral work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After serving on the faculty at Williams Baptist College, Dr. Mullen came to DBU in 1997 as an assistant professor before taking on the position of associate dean and dean. Dr. Mullen and his wife, Charlice, of Burleson have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Shauna Chaffin graduated with her Master of Arts in Global Leadership and her Master of Business Administration on Friday, May 16. Shauna, currently serving as vice president of mobilization for East-West Ministries, resides in Allen with her husband, Chance, and her daughters, Ladan and Ibri. After graduating from high school, Shauna immediately began working with AT&T rather than going to college. Spurred on by her first husband, Shauna began to attend classes at DBU before her life would change forever. After her first husband died of a heart attack, Shauna pressed forward with her degree, completing her undergraduate work in 2010 and two masters’ degrees in May 2014 while also remarrying and raising two children.

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