West Point graduate Dan Murray will be returning to Claremore Tuesday night to address the 2006 graduating class of Claremore High School at the class’ awards ceremony.

Dan Murray graduated on the Dean’s List from the United States Military Academy with a degree in political science and a minor in systems engineering. While at West Point, he was an active member of the Cadet Honor Committee, serving as company honor representative. In addition to serving in various positions within the Corps of Cadets, Murray also served as one of four regimental representatives to the cadet student government.

Following graduation, Murray was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army as an artillery officer, and served in various leadership positions at Fort Carson, CO and Fort Hood, Texas.

During his nearly six-year tenure in the Army, Murray attended the United States Army Airborne and Ranger schools. In his last year, he served as a fire support planner and civil military operation's officer for 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and 4-42 Field Artillery Battalion during the initial invasion of Iraq. He received a Bronze Star for his actions in Iraq and was honorably discharged at the rank of captain in 2003.

Following his separation from the Army, Murray entered the Edwin O. Stene Masters Program in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. He recently graduated with honors and is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.

Currently, Murray is working as an associate with a governmental affairs and consulting firm in Topeka, Kan. Among his duties, he serves as a legislative liaison for various interests, monitors legislative affairs, and conducts business associated with various state trade associations.

Dan was born and raised in Claremore, where most of his family still lives. He is married to Julie and resides in Roeland Park, Kan.

The CHS senior awards ceremony will be 7 p.m. in Post Hall at Rogers State University.