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Men speaking in front of crowd in residential hall lobby

December 14, 2023

ETBU Celebrates Dedication of Steve and Penny Carlile Hall

East Texas Baptist University has renamed the largest student residence hall on campus in honor of Steve and Penny Carlile. Originally dubbed Centennial Hall to mark the institution’s 100-year anniversary in 2012, the modern student residential facility will now be called Steve and Penny Carlile Hall in recognition of the Carliles’ Christian servant leadership and recent major gift to the University.

Large group of graduates posed with diplomas in front of brick academic building smiling at the camera

December 9, 2023

ETBU Celebrates 158 Graduates at Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, December 9, East Texas Baptist University celebrated the achievements of 158 graduates at its commencement ceremony in the Baker Chapel of the Rogers Spiritual Life Center. Guided by the University's President, Dr. J. Blair Blackburn, the ceremony marked the conferral of degrees to 108 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The event was infused with Scripture readings, songs of praise and worship, heartfelt prayers, and blessings bestowed upon the graduates.

Group of female students holding Operation Christmas Child boxes smiling at the camera

November 20, 2023

ETBU community spreads joy through Operation Christmas Child

East Texas Baptist University participated in its eighth annual Operation Christmas Child, an outreach program organized by Samaritan’s Purse. The ministry involves filling shoeboxes with small toys, school supplies, and other items that are sent to children all over the world as a Christmas gift and a tangible reminder of God’s love for them.