Speaking to the nearly 180 graduates participating in the fall commencement ceremony, held inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, Murphy told graduates they would face many choices in life and encouraged them to make wise decisions.
"You will face many decisions and choices in your life," he said. "Those decisions can cost you, but it is up to you to make sure those choices don't cost you your future. The choices you make can open doors or they can close them. When you make bad decisions, life is all about picking yourself up again and again and again. Learn from your mistakes and move forward."
Murphy also challenged the graduates not only to do well, but also to do good.
"I hope you will think of success not just in terms of doing well but also doing good," he said. "Sometimes in life we hesitate because we feel doing good requires some grand gesture. We all have opportunities to do good things for others every day of our lives. With your degree in hand from Troy University, you are well prepared for success. Go into the world every day with the resolve to do well and also to do good for the betterment of others, our community, our state and our world."
Murphy was appointed as director of public safety by Mayor Todd Strange on Oct. 1, 2010. A Birmingham native, Murphy earned an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Auburn University and a master’s degree in the administration of criminal justice from Troy University.