Friday, May 23, 2008
Well, I haven't officially graduated yet, but all my coursework is done, and the more meaningful celebration - the baccalaureate - was last night. That is the ceremony in which we are "hooded". It really was a neat evening, much more personal than graduation. The evening began with a dinner. Unfortunately there was a mix-up with the reservations and the event ended up outdoors, which should have been fine in May in Southern California... but it rained.
My Dad and my sister Shannon joined Torrey and I for the event, along with Torrey's brother Brett, our good friends Jeremy and Sara McMillan and Alan and Darcy Hultberg. Dr. Saucy exhorted us to be diligent to use the gifts that God has given us, regardless of how we might perceive their value.
The sun finally came out, so we had our processional and hooding ceremony as planned. Each graduate come to the front of the stage with his/her spouse, and while their professor of choice hooded the graduate, another professor read a statement of appreciation written by the graduate. The spouses were also acknowledged for their contribution to the years of Seminary. After everyone had been hooded, the graduates and spouses, along with all the faculty, gathered to share communion together. It really was a wonderful evening celebrating the work that has been done and looking forward to the work that God has in store for each of us who has been trained to teach others the Word of God. May He be glorified in each of our lives as we go out from here to serve the body of Christ! All praise be to God, for He is good!
Here's to the amazing family God has blessed me with. Thank you all for your example, your love and your support throughout the years. I love you all.