Baptist College of Florida president delivers diploma to hospitalized student

In a hospital room at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen confers and congratulates Andy Davis on earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. (Courtesy/BCF)A hospital-room graduation ceremony complete with cameras and school presidents may not be a common sight, but that was the scene on the afternoon of Dec. 11 in one of the rooms at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Andy Davis, a graduating senior from the Baptist College of Florida, and his wife, Melodee, drove six hours to participate in Davis’ graduation. But due to health concerns Davis had to be hospitalized and was unable to attend the graduation ceremony.

Blood clots in his lungs and shortness of breath kept Davis from fulfilling every student’s dream of walking across the stage, receiving his or her diploma and flipping his tassel.

But for Thomas A. Kinchen, president of the Baptist College of Florida, a hospital room was not going to stand in the way of conferring a degree upon a hardworking student.

Kinchen said that when the school found out that Davis had run into some difficulty on his way to graduation there wasn’t really much of a decision to be made about whether the school would come to him. Rather, it was a matter how it would best go to him.

“These folks have driven too far. If he can’t come to graduation, graduation will go to him,” said Kinchen during his speech in Davis’ hospital room.

With that determination, Kinchen went to Davis’ hospital room in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center and, in a room full of cameras, friends and family, he conferred upon Davis the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

A video of the moment was captured and can be viewed below.

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