Had the privilege of being invited to attend another graduation ceremony at the HCA this afternoon. They continue to 'flourish & prosper' since they left the church and went independent. They have expanded the services being offered significantly and continue to emphasize results over ideology in their approach to tech delivery.
I really enjoy attending these ceremonies primarily because the energy of the students & staff remains me very much of the good times & high spirits routinely found back when I was on lines at the Orange County Mission before the destruction of the missions network.
One new feature added to the program was a special addition to the agenda due to the continuing expansion of the group. They've had several births among staff & students lately, with a few more on the way. In honor of these new additions to the group a special baby naming ceremony was held. The baby's were all given their new names and introduced to their god parents and the assembled witnesses. It served as a welcoming ceremony as much as a naming ceremony.
Suffice to say, and coming from a grumpy old man, those kids are seriously cute.
Mark A. Baker