Congratulations Class of 2020
As Mount Pisgah Academy’s director of Development and Alumni Relations, I decided to call each one of my graduates to welcome them into the MPA Alumni Association. I was curious to know how the students were feeling about long-distance learning, separation from their friends, and their finances.
I asked some simple questions: How did you decide to attend MPA? What is the hardest thing part of leaving MPA? What’s your next step (college, work, etc.)? How do you believe attending MPA impacted your spiritual life? Their answers reassured me that the graduates are feeling hopeful! In our chosen school scripture, that is just what Jesus promises. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,’” Jeremiah 29:11.
Most of our graduates plan to attend a college like Southern, Oakwood or a local university. We have students planning to pursue careers in software engineering, family medicine, the Air Force, psychology, and business.
“MPA was a great experience and made me grow up. There was no one to do my laundry, make sure I got up in the morning or remind me to be on time for work,” said one graduate. “I’m ready to go to college and feel I’m better prepared for life.”
The prevailing theme is that the graduates hope to have an established career, marry and have families. They mentioned family life a lot—faculty families, their families at home, and spiritual families. “I will miss the MPA vespers and church, I felt like it was my church because we were all so involved, I don’t have that at home,” said a graduate.
“I grew closer to God because deepening my relationship with Jesus was encouraged in all we do,” said another graduate.
This is why Mount Pisgah exists: to develop young graduates who are planning a good future, but especially one with Jesus by their side.
—by Lucy Newman Hall, Dir. of Development/
Alumni Relations. firstname.lastname@example.org