Kevan's graduation ceremony at John Wesley College was this morning. Last night they had a "rehearsal dinner" for the families, and all the students wrote a little something about their families and their experience at the school. Of course (no surprise to anyone who knows Kevan) his comments were the highlight of everyone's evening. He was so gracious with his comments about all of us, and had the most amusing stories to tell in the most clever ways. Someone said he should write a book, and actually, he is working on one right now. This morning he rolled across the stage and looked so great in his cap and gown.
I wasn't sure why Kevan wanted to do the grad ceremony in the first place. He'd finished classes in October and has never seemed to be the type that valued ceremony that much. But this weekend, I think I figured out why it was important to him. Last night and today after the program, he was completely surrounded by people who were hugging him, patting him on the back, taking pictures with him, and laughing over memories made with him... it was amazing to see how many people's lives have been touched and changed by Kevan in the past two years. The faculty, the students, and even their families know and love Kevan because he has invested in their lives in a meaningful way. I couldn't tell you the names of two classes he took, but I could tell you about all the guys he let sleep on his couch or he gave good counsel to... in fact, I'm sure some of them graduated because of Kevan's wisdom and help.
I am so proud of who he is and how much his character and the quality of his ministry is like Jesus Christ's. Congratulations, Kevan. You did much more than pass classes and earn credits; you became a true man of God.