Almost four years ago, I wrote a post with the title “Anchored in Hope,” about our older son beginning his education at Hope College. Today we were privileged to attend Commencement ceremonies as Zach and several hundred other students finished the journey they started four years ago – and commence a new journey.
Technically, he hasn’t quite finished the journey. He has one more week of student teaching to complete, because of the week he spent on choir tour during the college’s spring break (which did not coincide with the spring break of the school where he is student teaching).
But today was the big day, and I found myself getting choked up a couple of times, especially during the processional at the baccalaureate service and again at the commencement exercises. I’m not sure if it’s remembering my own graduation experiences, thinking of how I once hoped to become a college professor and see students I had taught graduate, or just the idea of graduation in general.
It’s an exciting time for these young people. Based on my own experience, I’m guessing many of them will end up going places they never dreamed of – while not getting to some of the places they did dream of. But wherever they go, they carry with them the lessons learned at Hope College, and the knowledge that their hope is not primarily in that institution but in the God who is at the heart of the educational process there.