Dawn Tolbert

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Some Commencing to Do #366Days Day 153

When I was in college, I served as editor of our student newspaper. More than a few times I talked with my newspaper advisor and professor extraordinaire and threatened to quit. The deadlines, piled against assignments and readings and other to-do items, seemed overwhelming. He managed to talk me off my metaphorical ledge every time. When I graduated, which I imagine may have been as much a relief to him as it was to me, he gave me a gift with a note that said “Now you can begin.”

I thought about that a lot today as I took photos at Shorter’s Spring Commencement. We use that term “Commencement” because that’s what we’re celebrating — the beginning of something. 

I love working in higher education and watching these young people grow into the people God intended them to be. Some leave commencement with their futures planned out, others are trusting day by day for where the future leads. 

I knew what I wanted to do when I graduated from college and had a job lined up doing it. Thing is, though, that was never my destination, just a doorway to a future I didn’t even know was possible. Years and two more degrees later, I marvel at how God ordains our steps. 

I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do in the lives of the young folks who graduated today. Congrats, Class of 2016. 

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