Thursday, May 27, 2010
Miss Jessica Lankford, magna cum laude
Mr. Superintendent, Mr. Principal, esteemed faculty, family, and friends. On behalf of the graduating class of 2010, I thank you for coming and welcome you to our commencement ceremony.
In Roman 8:28, Paul says: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Seeing the four of us on this stage, about to take our next steps in pursuing that purpose, is living proof. I believe that many of the "things" that Paul refers to are actually people, many of whom are seated in the audience. Our family, our friends, and our teachers, have certainly been a main element in bringing us this far, along with those who helped us get here, but couldn't be here with us. Having lead us and supported us, those are the people we are so grateful for; the people God has used to bring us through.
For eighteen years, our family has been our care, our support, our encouragement, and who we know we can always count on. Once we were a little older, play dates, sleepovers, and a parent's worry came into play as our social lives grew like forest fires. At Island Christian we have been blessed with genuine and concerned teachers.Not in many schools can a teacher also be a friend.
All these different people in our lives have been perfectly placed by God. They have all come together as many parts of one body, to make us and shape us into the grateful graduates you see before you.