What a fantastic day!
Nearly 80 graduates received their diplomas at Saturday’s commencement ceremony for Capital Seminary & Graduate School. They were joined in celebration by around 1,500 friends and family. Reid Temple AME Church served as most gracious hosts, and even the weather was perfect: 70 degrees and sunny just one day after a severe storm system brought several inches of rain and flash flooding to the region.
It was an honor to sit on stage with the faculty and to cheer each grad as they walked across the front of the platform. Among the graduates was 83-year-old Muriel Crump, a spunky African-American woman with silver hair who was hardly slowed by her cane as she walked to accept her diploma for a B.S. in Bible, nearly 40 years after she first began her studies. She received a standing ovation from her classmates and then from the rest of the audience and was given a moment for a word of testimony. “Miss Crump” said that her 16-page final paper gave her a few more gray hairs and that she didn’t know what she would do with all her time now that she had earned her degree. LBC President Dr. Peter Teague replied that if she was bored, the school would give her free tuition to get her M.Div.!
It was a day of tremendous joy for so many reasons, and I was delighted to be able to be there, and for Dave to share it with me and meet the people I have talked about for the past year.