In our culture today, these are words that make us uncomfortable to actually do. I remember standing in the hall of my high school getting ready to graduate on a Friday night in June. I remember walking through the hallways of my high school as soon-to-be graduates and sitting in the gymnasium taking it all in, the end of one thing and the beginning of something new. I remember taking pictures before and the dinner afterwards with family. I remember hanging out with classmates later that night. The experience was palpable, surreal . . .
It is an incredible thing for me to come back to Regents after three years away and have a front row seat to your senior year. When many of you were in the School of Logic, I remember thinking how talented and hard working your class was as a whole. That characteristic has come to full bloom as we send you off to new places filled with opportunities for you to continue to contribute as regents in the places you will go.
I want you to know your accomplishments and awards are outstanding, but they are not the telos, the end pursuit. A graduation or commencement is the end of one thing and the beginning of another. You will journey forward. I could not fathom what God had in store for me as I sat on that gym floor at my high school graduation. I hope and pray there is much ahead for you that conforms you into the image of Christ. As one of my alma maters sings at the end of each commencement ceremony, we meet to part, but part to meet. May you understand this eternal reality encompassed in those who are followers of Christ. For surely, He is the telos, the end pursuit. So I encourage you – Pause. Think. Reflect. Remember. In your pausing, thinking, reflecting, and remembering, I hope you will be reminded of the One who loves you most.
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