On the beautiful Saturday morning of May 14th, Berean Academy celebrated its 75th graduation ceremony. Twenty-four seniors in the graduating class of 2022 walked across the platform to receive their diplomas. Valedictorian Zach Kruse and Salutatorian Eli Nord both gave speeches addressed to their classmates, teachers, and families. An ensemble of senior band students shared an inspiring musical number.
The senior class selected Mr. Josh Brinkerhoff, Activities Director, College Counselor, and coach as their commencement speaker. Mr. Brinkerhoff spoke to the graduates about “work.” He identified two basic truths that we are designed to work, and our work is a service that God uses to bless His world. He posed the question that if God designed us to work, and work is good, then what is the purpose of work? Referencing Genesis, he submitted the purpose of work is to cultivate. Our work cultivates human society and God's creation, allowing these to flourish and develop into a spectacular display of what God meant it to be. He shared from scripture that we all have different gifts within the body of Christ, and we work together to bless and strengthen the body of believers. He suggested that our sinful hearts tend to demand that we look out for our own good, and search for ways we can get ahead and make a name for ourselves. However, he pointed out, that the book of Ecclesiastes reveals a life based on living for achievement and pleasure is utterly meaningless, but that true meaning in life can only be found in a relationship with Christ. He concluded that this relationship allows us to be a blessing to the world in whatever capacity God equips us.
Graduates were awarded their diplomas while accolades were shared about them, and a message from the graduate to their family was read. Parents were then invited to the front to join their graduates for a special time of prayer before a senior chorale led the congregation in the Doxology. Following the ceremony, the class headed out to the soccer field to participate in the traditional "hat toss." Congratulations and thanks go to the senior class of 2022 for a fantastic school year and a wonderful graduation ceremony!