Williamsburg Christian Academy graduated 26 seniors at its commencement ceremony on Saturday. The commencement saw a celebration of students and encouragement for them to go out into the world to make a difference with God's will in mind.
"You haven't always been easy to teach, but you've always been a gift from God," Head of High School Dianna Lindsay said.
Chip Dean gave the commencement address to students as their families and friends looked on inside the school's gym. His brief remarks focused on the importance of faith as students embark on the next stage of their lives, saying "God's will is Jesus, not us." Dean told students their faith would their path to their personal successes after leaving WCA with degrees in hand. Dean is the pastor at Liberty Baptist Church.
Lindsay commended students for their academic and athletic achievements, calling them resume virtues that would serve them well after high school. She reminded students to maintain and grow their eulogy virtues, their faith and character, to ensure they live lives of meaning that create good in the world.
Jane Vaught and Beth Fletcher, faculty at the school, led the ceremony's attendees in individual prayers for students. The prayers recognized the strengths, struggles and future successes of the graduates and were meet by spats of laughter and occasional tears in turn.
The class of 2016 earned $2 million in scholarships, according to Lindsay. Students were accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including Ohio State University, the College of Charleston and Mississippi State University. Some were accepted to institutions closer to home, such as William and Mary and Old Dominion University, as well.
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