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The last week of the semester has held a series of lasts for graduating seniors: the last Fine Arts Series, final exam, packing, and the last weekend living near the beach. For many, the time was bittersweet as they signed yearbooks, took pictures with friends, and laughed at memories made over the past four years. The morning of May 11, they each had just one thing left to do before completing their college career: walk across the stage to receive their diploma from President Troy Shoemaker.
In a beautiful ceremony recognizing God’s faithfulness, over 800 graduates celebrated this milestone with family and friends. Steve Maldoff, Southeast Asia Director at Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI), spoke to the graduates, encouraging them as they seek God’s direction for the future.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates turned their tassels, symbolizing the completion of their degree and the start of a new chapter in their lives.
Josh Barbosa (CT), a prelaw major, stated, “My time at PCC has helped me grow in almost every way. I have grown spiritually, academically, and socially. I can see a tremendous difference between the person I was as a freshman and who I am now as a senior.”
Jesse Billowus (NY) said, “Graduation means finishing something I started, and putting that final stamp down on the last four years. No matter what happens after this, finishing means I’ll have this degree for the rest of my life.”
Amid tearful goodbyes and best wishes for the future, graduates celebrated God’s goodness in bringing them to this point in their lives. PCC is honored to have had a part in their education, and is excited for how God is going to use them in the coming years.
For students returning in the fall, Commencement Day marked the beginning of their three-month summer vacation before their return in the fall.