It’s Graduation Day at University of Evansville. In just a few hours, Jim and I will watch our youngest, Craig, make his way across the stage and receive his Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. What a journey this has been.
When Craig was in middle school, his class took a field trip to U of E and Craig came home and announced that he planned to go to college there. I think Jim and I both choked on our dinner…I mean, that’s a pretty hefty tuition. But after talking to him and listening to why he like the campus, Jim told him, “You have five years before you graduate high school. There’s no reason you can’t make this work if it’s what you really want.”
And so, Jim and I put it out of our minds. But not Craig. He continued to work hard and turned his attention to community outreach opportunities. He went on several mission trips through our church and attended a number of work camps as well. Once he started at North High School, Craig and his friend, BJ, formed their own community outreach program, CIA.
Jim and I were so proud of him and all of his hard work, and when it was announced that he was granted a full scholarship to U of E, we weren’t surprised. He had worked hard and earned every bit of it.
Today, we will watch Craig, his fiancée Karrie Anne, and over 500 other hard-working students receive their degrees. To those of you who have graduates in their lives, let me say Congratulations!
Graduation is an important stepping stone on life’s path. It will be exciting to see what path this leads them on next. But I have every confidence that good things are waiting for them. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you…plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11