The Great BCM Send Off is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s also not. You can probably imagine our mixed emotions when it comes to this “end of the year” gathering. Lots of laughs. And some tears. Laughs because we’re genuinely happy being together, reminiscing old times and celebrating accomplishments. Tears, well, because we’re saying some final good-byes.
On April 28th we “sent off” 13 of our Cleveland BCM family. Some graduated, some are transferring, some are taking professional jobs in far away places. And we couldn’t be more proud. After a delicious home-cooked meal (thanks Beth Pondell!) set on tables themed by the ever-thoughtful Pastor Larry, we turned our eyes toward the screens for our year end video.
The night always culminates in a super special way. It’s become a tradition. Weeks before, students take time to hand-write our graduates notes of memories and words of encouragement. Pictures that chronicle their time in BCM life are compiled and placed in a memory box as well.
Here’s the best part. The part that is so difficult to do in our often-so-busy lives. As we hand out the individual boxes, students take a moment to reflect on friendships and some even share words of encouragement with the whole group. It really is an incredible series of moments. Time is taken to corporately say “you have impacted my life,” “you mean a lot to me” or “thanks for being my friend.” We then pray for each graduate individually. Yes, it takes some time. But it’s time well spent.
We will miss this class. We will cherish the memories. And we look forward to doing it all again next year!