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May 16, 2011

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The BCF Spring 2011 Graduating Class

A cool breeze, bright sunshine and the flurry of black caps and gowns welcomed an overflow crowd to the record setting graduation exercises at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville on May 13, 2011. Seventy-six eager graduates received diplomas representing seventeen degree fields. This number set an all time record for a single graduation in the life of the sixty-eight year old institution.

Students filed in the Assembly Center with faculty members as BCF Piano Professor Angela Glover played the traditional processional "Pomp and Circumstance." Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis led the invocation before leading those gathered in the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."

BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen recognized family members of the graduating class and welcomed guests and visitors. He acknowledged what a historic day it was in the life of the college as the largest class to date would be receiving their degrees. BCF College Singers performed the anthem "Expressions of Gratitude," followed by a moving and poignant graduation message by President Kinchen.

During the graduation address, Kinchen challenged all of those in attendance regarding their Christian responsibility in the face of a twenty-first century "Societal Tsunami." "We are living in a time of unprecedented and accelerating change," stated Kinchen. "This Societal Tsunami is hitting our 21st century culture much as the devastating waves in Japan or the raging torrents crashing through the Mississippi River Valley. The devastation of lives, families, churches and cultures is no less real and far more deadly than any of the ravages of nature that we have seen."

Assuring the graduates that their calling and commitment were sufficient for the challenges, Kinchen concluded, "In the midst of this Societal Tsunami, remember that the waves of opposition will be stilled; the thunder of heathen voices will be silenced; the raging battles will be stopped, and Our Savior will stand. My prayer for you, for this great school and for our churches is that we will stand with Him now in order that multitudes will stand with Him in eternity."

BCF Senior Vice President R.C. Hammack presented the graduating class to the President and degrees were conferred. The Bachelor of Arts in English degree was awarded for the first time to three deserving BCF students: Johnnie-Ann Campbell, Anna Richards, and Scott Turbeville. The Turbeville household had a double reason to celebrate as Scott's wife, Ginnie, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. There was another husband and wife team that earned their degrees, Corey and Lauren Reeves, both Christian Counseling majors.

After degrees were awarded and tassels were turned, Davis led the congregation in the college hymn, "Tell Me the Story of Jesus," followed by the benediction offered by BCF Orlando Site Director Christopher Fouche.

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Excited BCF graduates Bradley Clarke, Bree Crump, Angela Revell, Samantha Scott, and John Teele

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BCF awards the Bachelor of Arts in English degree for the first time to three BCF students: Anna Richards, Scott Turbeville, and Johnnie-Ann Campbell.

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BCF couple Corey and Lauren Reeves graduate together.