New Beginnings


“Graduation is not the end of your education, but the beginning of your education’s application” Berry College Trustee Buster Wright said as he welcomed the graduating class of 2015. 

Berry’s spring 2015 graduation class consisted of 356 undergraduates and 28 graduate students. Graduates, faculty and staff, and families gathered on a warm sunny May 9 to celebrate. 

Graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music, student speaker Grace McMullen encouraged her class to take their graduation dividend, and then reinvest that dividend into others. The dividend includes work ethic gained through student work and wisdom from advisors and friends and mentors. McMullen by challenged her peers to, “actively give away what you have learned in your past four years here.”

Featured speaker Lee Walburn provided words of inspiration for the graduates. Walburn is an award-winning former editor and writer for Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution and a contributor to the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, Ga. He told the audience that he has learned a lot about work over his years and spoke on the importance of work saying they must “love the process of work more than the result of work.”

For the past four years these students have been living out the school motto, “not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Now these new alumni take that motto out into their new careers and lives as they leave the Berry Bubble and venture out into the world. 

Graduate Elizabeth Blount spoke highly of her time spent at Berry. 

“Sitting at the graduation ceremony self so surreal- I couldn’t believe that time had passed so quickly. I owe a huge part of what made my Berry experience so amazing to our faculty and staff for pouring into my life for four years,” Blount said. 

Archived video of the graduation ceremony is available at

Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Elizabeth Bradford and photos by Student Public Relations Photographers Lauren Neumann and Sara Leimbach