During the week before finals each semester, students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville have a chance to take a much-needed break from their school work and enjoy a time of fellowship at “Midnight Breakfast.” Several years ago, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen recognized that students needed a break from their long hours of studying and completing papers, so he inaugurated the first midnight breakfast event. Breakfast served by the President and their Professors has remained a sweet tradition as tired, stressed students are provided with a nutritional meal as they study.
On May 10, students lined the entrance to the school’s dining facility, the Deese Center, with great anticipation as they waited for the doors of this semester’s late-night breakfast to open. The breakfast commenced with a student-led prayer and students poured into the dining hall where they were served a hot breakfast by President Kinchen, Academic Dean Robin Jumper, Theology Division Chair Rich Elligson, and Roger Richards, Professor of History and Curator of the Florida Baptist Archives. With smiling faces, servers welcomed each student by filling their plate with heaping portions of hash browns, grits, scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage, bacon, and biscuits. The campus-wide tense atmosphere brought on by finals seemed to briefly vanish as students made lifelong memories with friends. BCF Junior Dylan Gary experienced midnight breakfast by saying, “It was a great time to hangout and get the chance to eat with my friends. It was also great to see how much the faculty care for the students by their willingness to serve.”
While the meal was served, students were reminded of just how much love, support, and prayers are extended by the administration, faculty, and staff. This is also a busy time for professors and administrators as they work towards finalizing grades and preparing for the upcoming semester. In addition to giving of their time to serve breakfast, faculty and staff offered students the encouragement needed to give an accurate account of all they have learned throughout the semester and finish strong. After eating the last morsel, students exited the Deese Center prepared to finish their assignments and complete their exams.
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