University of Mobile Announces May 5 Commencement Speaker Dr. David S. Dockery, 235 to Receive Diplomas

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MOBILE, Ala. – David S. Dockery, highly regarded as one of the outstanding leaders and a senior statesman in the world of Christian higher education, will deliver the commencement address at University of Mobile on May 5.

Approximately 235 graduates will receive diplomas during an outdoor ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on the Lackey Great Commission Lawn on the university campus. The ceremony will be live-streamed at

A native of Alabama, Dr. Dockery was unanimously elected on Feb. 28, 2014 as the 15th president of Trinity International University, and is now serving in his 23rd year as a university president.

Dockery served as president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, for nearly two decades prior to leading Trinity. He saw Union through a period of unprecedented growth and through recovery from an EF-4 tornado strike that ranks among the largest natural disasters in the history of higher education.

Earlier this year, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities honored Dockery with the John R. Dellenback Global Leadership Award, among the highest recognitions for a Christian educator.

Dockery also is a prolific author who has written or edited 30 books and contributed to 60 other volumes. He is highly sought after as a speaker, with appearances on more than 65 college campuses around the world.

He holds degrees from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (B.S.), Grace Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Texas Christian University (M.A.), and the University of Texas system (Ph.D.).

Dr. Timothy L. Smith, president of University of Mobile, previously served on the administration at Union University during Dockery’s tenure. Under Smith’s leadership as dean and professor of the School of Nursing at Union, the program grew over nine years to become the largest faith-based nursing school in the nation.

More information about graduation is online at


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.


For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.

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