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MBU confers more than 800 degrees at 45th commencement

Total Degrees 839
Doctor of Education 24
Educational Specialist 34
Graduate degrees and certificates 327
Undergraduate degrees 454

More than 800 degrees were conferred at MBU’s 45th graduation ceremony, which took place on May 2, 2017 at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

This year marks MBU’s largest undergraduate class.

Graduates, faculty and administrators were ushered into the arena by an ensemble of bag pipers, per MBU tradition. MBU President Dr. Alton Lacey, now completing his 23rd year as president of MBU, delivered the commencement address to the graduates and their families.

To end the evening, Dr. C. Allin Means, professor of journalism and communications, was presented with the Distinguished Professor Award. Each year one professor is recognized by the University.

“We are fortunate to have many outstanding professors at Missouri Baptist University,” said President Lacey. “It is our privilege to annually recognize one of those professors as distinguished professor of the year. The selection process considers model classroom teaching, campus leadership, outstanding course development, scholarship, integration of faith and learning and strong relationships with students both within the classroom as well as across the campus.”

Means began teaching journalism and communications classes at MBU in 2011. He is also the faculty advisor for “MBU Timeline,” the online student news network of MBU. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, master’s degree from the University of West Florida and doctor of philosophy in mass communication and journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi.