Graduation day is a time to celebrate with your family, classmates, with all of the pomp and circumstance. Schools will be graduating classes in the range of a dozen to 500 or 600. Hopewell Christian Academy is no different. Their graduation ceremony was 90 minutes long with speeches by the Valedictorian and School Board Chairman, prayers, proud parents and a processional of faculty and graduates. Or should I say graduate.
That's right. Hopewell Christian Academy opened their doors 9 years ago and began educating students in readin', ritin', rithmetic and religion. The first graduating class was supposed to be 2007 but a transfer student from hurricane ravaged New Orleans changed all of that.
Richard Allen VI and his family were uprooted a year ago by Katrina and they settled near the Georgia community of Norcross. His parents decided to enroll Richard at Hopewell with hopes of a smaller school would make life a little easier after escaping Katrina with their lives. Richard was enrolled there along with his two younger sisters, in a student body of about 250.
In his address to the attendees, Richard proclaimed he was "Pressing Toward Success". He took his graduation verse from St. Paul's letter to the Philippian church, chapter 3 which says "pressing on – forgetting what is behind and looking toward what is ahead."
Ahead for Richard is university life at either Georgia Tech ior Georgia State University, where any freshman level class will probably be bigger than his entire school this year.
The school took out all the stops to make this graduation special including all of the things that make for a graduation ceremony, including the tossing of the mortarboards. I guess Richard will have no problem figuring out which one is his.