Internships are over. Portfolios are finished. Finals are graded. A collective sigh of relief from students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville has swept the campus. However, for fifty-six BCF seniors, the end of the fall 2009 semester brought more than just Christmas break: it brought an inspiring commencement exercise and a charge for the future.
The new graduates were joined by family and friends on a chilly Friday morning, December 11, to share in the commencement ceremony. For many, it was an honor bestowed for years of hard work, sacrifice, and late night study. For all of the graduates, it was confirmation of God’s call on their lives and a new chapter. Among the graduates were a husband and wife, Josh and Ashley Gussler, and a brother and sister, JoLynne and Jason Fross, completing their degrees at the same time. Graduate Whitney Gillis will go down in history as BCF’s first recipient of the new Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Studies. Cheers and applause resonated through the Assembly Center as one by one, the graduates entered the building each with their own story of how God brought them to that place.
The President, Dr. Tom Kinchen, assisted by BCF Senior Vice President R.C. Hammack, conferred the degrees representing a milestone for the journey into the future. As each graduate crossed the stage to receive their degree, the faculty, staff, and everyone in attendance could only imagine what future of service that God has planned for them. The college hymn, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” continued to resonance as graduates departed to spread the gospel and change the world for Christ.