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BCF Press Release



December 15, 2015

Press Photo

Front Row (Left to right): Michelle Raffield, Jessica Brown, Erin Watson, Jenna Morris, Alainna Davis, Kimberly Yates, Rhonda Mullins, Heather Simmons
Middle Bottom Row (Left to Right): Dr. Thomas Kinchen (President), Korey Morrow (Marshal), Ashton Rickman, Joshua Wilhout, William Combs, Joshua Barkley, Jeffrey Basford, William Blount IV, Adam Toub, Peter Hennis, Daniel Rodabaugh, Leah Calhoun (Marshal), Dr. Robin Jumper (Academic Dean)
Middle Top Row (Left to Right): Kevin McGaffigan, M. Johnson Clement IV, Cameron Diamond, Jacob Wimberly, Calvin Booth, Justin Mason, Caleb Carmichael, Brian Pierce, Thomas Brown
Back Row (Left to Right): Kevin Greene, Justin Toffolio, Ryan Pickwick, Nicholas Bishop, Terry Mills, Justin Jackson, Robert Figley, Nigil Todd

On Friday, December 11, the Wellness Center at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville was filled with faculty and students in black robes and tasseled mortarboards as family and friends of thirty-nine graduating seniors gathered to witness and celebrate the accomplishment of the fall 2015 graduating class.

Graduating seniors entered through the front doors of the Wellness Center as the BCF College Winds played “Pomp and Circumstance” under the direction of Professor Ron Branning. Following the processional, a heartwarming invocation was voiced by The Florida Baptist State Convention Executive Director-Treasurer Tommy Green followed by the well-known hymn “How Great Thou Art” led by BCF Music and Worship Division Chair William Davis. BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen welcomed guests and acknowledged the tremendous support the graduates received from their parents, grandparents, spouses, children and church family. Distinguishing graduation day as a day that would long be remembered, Kinchen also shared the story of graduating senior Andy Davis referencing the fact that Davis was listening to the ceremony online from a hospital room, but would later be receiving his diploma by him personally.

Kinchen delivered the graduation address prior to BCF Academic Dean Robin Jumper presenting the graduating class for approval. During his powerful message to the graduates, Kinchen spoke about “Re-gifting” the Gospel of salvation that was given and the mandate of sharing that gift with the rest of the world. Kinchen stressed not only to the graduates, but to all of those in attendance that Christians should continue to re-gift God’s love by sharing the message of Christ.

Following the confirmation of the class by the Registrar and affirmed by the Faculty, approval was granted by the President and seniors victoriously walked across stage to receive their diploma. Family and friends cheered and celebrated as the graduates one-by-one were called by name and given their diploma from Kinchen. When directed, the class moved their tassels in unison symbolizing the official completion of all the requirements for graduation. After a brief moment of applause, the audience joined the graduating class in singing the BCF College Hymn “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” followed by the benediction.

The delightful conclusion of the ceremony is always visible as the new graduates exit the building and begin taking pictures with professors and loved ones in the courtyard area. Many of the graduates of The Baptist College of Florida will continue their education or begin working and serving in their degree fields. One thing that is always certain, BCF graduates are trained, equipped and prepared to change the world.

For more information on how to become a student at The Baptist College of Florida, contact 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or obtain more information by accessing the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.