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This May, the largest graduating class in the history of the College took their final steps as students, marching across the Crowne Centre stage and into their futures. In the time-honored ceremony, 933 students got to reminisce on God’s provision in their lives as they listened to their classmates share testimonies of God’s faithfulness.
The auditorium was packed to overflowing with friends and family who had cheered their students across the finish line, supporting them financially and through prayers.
“I get distracted just reflecting on how good God has been through my entire college career,” said Jordan Dodd (Pastoral Ministries, AL). “Whether it be through the blessing of godly friends, or providing for finances, God has been good!”
During the ceremony, held Friday, May 11, Pastor Denis McBride of Campus Church reminded graduates that “living for God is a lifelong task and passion.”
Maine Senator Garrett Mason, a 2006 graduate, received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities. He told the graduates sitting where he sat not long before, “There will be difficult days ahead, but there will also be great ones. This is not a dress rehearsal, enjoy every second from the moment you step out of these doors until the day that you die.”
Allyson Hohenstreet (WA) and Jeremy Carlson (FL) were awarded PCC’s highest honor, the President’s Citation of Merit. And Danielle Arceo (NV), Brent Basiano (Japan), Christy Becher (NY), Lydia Cedeño (FL), Daniel Cochran (GA), Joshua Grover (OH), Allison Hutt (MA), Joshua McCroskey (AL), Lindsey Roberson (HI), and Kevin Salomon (FL) earned highest undergraduate GPAs.
With the ceremony ended and infinite pictures taken, graduates came to the hardest part of their college career—harder than all the tests and quizzes and papers and projects was saying goodbye to the friends who had become family over the past four years.
Hannah Edwards (Professional Writing, IN) said “College has caused my life to intersect with so many people I never would have met otherwise—those from different countries, diverse cultures, and contrasting personalities. There were so many difficult goodbyes, but I am so thankful for the season of my life that I have had here, and all that I have learned through my degree.”