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May 13, 2014

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BCF Spring Senior Class President Andrew Kornegay presented President Thomas A. Kinchen with a beautiful etched mirror reflecting the image of an eagle, the college mascot.

On Wednesday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the R.G. Lee Chapel, The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville held Senior Honor’s Day for the Spring 2014 graduating class. The sanctuary was filled with friends and family of seniors being recognized and honored for their academic achievements.

The event began with Alan Purvis, vice president of the graduating class, leading those assembled in prayer. Immediately following the prayer, Senior Class President Andrew Kornegay presented BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen with a gift from the graduating class. The gift was a beautiful etched mirror reflecting the image of an eagle, the college mascot. The mirror was representative of the senior class project of adding funds to complete the fountain planned for Lake Albert, a focal point of the campus. While accepting the gift, Kinchen referenced the 20/20 Vision mentioning the architectural changes on the campus specifically stating, “The fountain will be a beautiful addition to the campus.”

Following the class presentation and a time of worship and praise, BCF Senior Vice President R.C. Hammack began presenting the various honors. Before singling out individuals, Hammack stated, “You’ve all invested 4 years here and can be proud of your achievements. Some have invested 5 or 6 years. You’re all to be commended.”

Honors began with the recognition of 9 seniors included in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, followed by the distribution of honor stoles identifying students who achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Of the 65 graduating seniors, 30 students received honor stoles.

Several honor recipients were recognized for achieving the highest grade point averages in their degree areas: Austin Lang, Courtney Hendrix, Bethany Zavala, Keith Wolfe, Morgan Hampton, Amanda Eubanks, Todd Larson, Alaney Truitt, Corey Blais, Emily Redmond, Joshua Hignight, Donovan Higgins, Anna Holmes, and Anna Tysinger.

Kinchen recognized BCF Senior Kyle Kwitowski for winning the Presidential Excellence in Preaching Award for the spring semester. Kwitowski was presented with a Bible and given the opportunity to preach in chapel on Tuesday, May 6. Amanda Eubanks was awarded the Elizabeth Diane Reasoner Leadership Award, accompanied by a $1000.00 check for her outstanding leadership abilities and future potential. Eubanks was moved to tears upon receiving this award, hugging Kinchen before leaving the stage.

After honor students were recognized, Kinchen shared with students the importance of giving all of the glory to God, referencing Jeremiah 9:23-24. He then quoted lyrics which fit perfectly with the message, “To God be the glory, great things He hath done. So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, who yielded His life an atonement for sin, and opened the lifegate that all may go in.” In conclusion, Kinchen dismissed the crowd with the simple words, “Glory to God. Congratulations Graduates!”

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