I didn’t attend my own college graduation ceremony. I didn’t see the point in gathering in a football stadium out under the blazing sun and not even getting to cross a stage or hear my name read. But as a staff member at a University, attending graduation ceremonies is part of the job. Yesterday I attended the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Commencement Ceremony. I was prepared to be miserable as I sat outside in the 95 °F heat and braced myself to watch a bunch of people I’d never seen before take ages to march themselves across the stage. I had no idea what a treat I was in for.
Let’s consider this my ‘coming out’. I’m a Christian, a Presbyterian (PC-USA) to be specific, and my faith is very important to me.
Growing up, I attended worship weekly, was active in youth group, went on mission trips, and participated in bible studies. After graduating high school, my faith continued to deepen, and I became even more involved in my church. Almost all of my free time was spent volunteering, singing in the choir, or hanging out with church friends.