An Open Letter To Our BCM Grads From An Old Friend

To seniors who are mourning what they’re missing—

I wish I could recreate all the final hoorahs this pandemic has taken from you: we’d throw an over-the-top graduation party, host a sentimental class ring ceremony, take a ride around Tuscaloosa to check off all the things you always said you’d do before graduation. But that sadly just isn’t possible.

So, instead, I want to remind you of what you’ve already done in your 3.75 years on UA’s campus.

You walked onto campus as nervous freshmen and transfer students, people you likely wouldn’t recognize based on the person you are now. You were brave and bold when you first stepped into the BCM, when you signed up for a Journey Group, when you joined a random game night or Glory Bound trip after Discovery. You found friends that feel more like family, you welcomed newcomers each year into the place that now feels like home. You watched Tua and Hurts lead the Tide to major victories and experienced some major losses.

More importantly, you were leaders. You led one another at the BCM, serving on different teams that make the B thrive. You led at your churches, at summer camps, on mission trips, in your classes. You led people to Jesus. The leadership you displayed throughout your time on campus will leave a legacy of its own. Rising seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even incoming freshmen will look to your example and be better because of it. Your legacy matters.How you’re handling this current situation - the sadness of missing your scheduled graduation, the uncertainty of your job hunt - it all matters to those who are watching. And while this just plain stinks, I want to remind you of what all you accomplished before everything shifted. God has not taken His hand off of your life and the impact it has on those around you.

Remind and comfort yourself with a familiar piece of Scripture: