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Welcome to the first issue of the Berry College Parent Newsletter, a new publication meant to enhance the flow of information between the college and one of its most important constituencies – you!

This e-newsletter is a direct result of discussions held last fall during the inaugural meeting of Berry’s newest advisory body, the Parents Council. As parents themselves, members of that group understand how challenging it can be to keep up with everything that’s going on at Berry. Our goal with the Parent Newsletter is to make that process a little easier by featuring news and information that’s important to you.

In addition to enhanced communications, the Parents Council will also be focusing its attention on other areas of strategic emphasis, including admissions/financial aid, student internships/employment, and giving. If you have questions, comments or concerns about any of these topics (or other Berry-related issues), please contact Lindsey Taylor, assistant vice president for student affairs, at

The Parent Newsletter will be distributed in the fall, spring, and summer of each academic year. Between issues, be sure to visit our resource page for parents on the Berry website, You can also find Berry news and information in the publications linked below.

Enjoy our first issue!

Closing the doors on the academic year.

Residence halls close for the 2015-2016 academic year on Thursday, May 5th at 6:00pm for students not attending graduation or involved in Berry related training. Students participating in graduation or who are involved in training (this includes graduating seniors) may stay in their residence hall room until 6:00pm on Saturday, May 7th.

FordWe encourage families of graduating seniors to plan meals or celebratory events accordingly. Students are able to sign up for a check-out time that works for their schedules, but must do so 24 hours prior to their desired check-out time. Please talk with your student about your travel plans as well as their planning for moving out of their residence halls so you and your family can enjoy an exciting day in your student’s college experience.

Students working or taking classes over the summer will be housed in either Dana or Townhouses. Students working over the summer are eligible to receive a Fall Tuition Credit of $1,000. To be eligible for the credit, a student must work a minimum or 464 hours during the summer (424 hours for students enrolled in summer courses).

For more information regarding summer at Berry, please view the summer fact sheet.

2016 Commencement and Graduation Ceremonies

Spring commencement/graduation is an exciting time for both the graduate and their families. We look forward to your joining us to celebrate and acknowledge all of the Class of 2016’s accomplishments.


As you plan your graduation weekend, please keep these helpful tips in mind:

  • GraduationGraduation is outside: there is minimal shade where the graduation ceremony takes place. Bring chairs, sunblock, hat, and plenty of water to avoid dehydration, fatigue, or discomfort.
  • Park and walk: guests will be directed to park behind the Cage Center and walk to the ceremony location. If a member of your party needs assistance, please communicate to our Campus Safety officers directing traffic.
  • Plan your time: give your family plenty of time to navigate campus before and after the ceremonies. There will be many people on campus celebrating their student, and traffic will be heavier than usual. If you plan to make reservations downtown, give yourself time to enjoy meeting your student’s friends and faculty as well as allow traffic to subside before your reservation time.

For more information regarding Berry College Commencement/Graduation ceremonies, please visit

Attention Senior Parents – Congratulations on your student’s graduation!

Earning a Berry degree is an incredible achievement. We know that your commitment and support to your son or daughter was integral to his or her success.  If you would like to honor your student with a senior legacy gift, please make a donation at  All parents who choose to honor their grad by making a gift by April 27, 2016, will have their student’s name displayed on a banner in Kilpatrick Commons on the day of Commencement. If you have already made a gift this year, your student’s name will also be included.

  • You may designate your gift toward any area of the college.
  • Suggested gift amounts: $20.16, $201.60, $2016

Again, congratulations and thank you on behalf of the Berry College Parents’ Council!

Parents’ Council Advancement Committee
Paul Clark (88G), Lisa Ryan, Melinda Sweatt (90C), Timothy Warren, and Lamar Weaver

The Arts at Berry – a President’s Essay by Dr. Stephen R. Briggs

BlackstoneGallery2A number of years ago, one of my advisees came to see me in tears. Anna wanted to major in art, but her father was adamantly opposed, insisting she be practical. Eventually, Anna crafted a compromise with a major in art and a minor in business. She also arranged an internship in the design studio of a London-based magazine. The good news is that Anna quickly found work after graduation as a designer for a book publishing company.

This same kind of tension made national news just a year ago when President Obama, in a speech focusing on the importance of job training programs to meet employer needs, promised that “folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.” Although he went on to say, “Now nothing wrong with an art history degree – I love art history,” a few days later he handwrote an apology to an art history professor, explaining that he was “making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history.” He added that art history “was one of my favorite subjects in high school, and it has helped me take a great deal of joy in my life that I might otherwise have missed.”

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Save the Date

Though summer has not begun, it will be over before we know it. Please mark your calendars for important dates related to Fall 2016.

deerHousing Move-In
Returning students may check-in to their residence halls beginning at 8:00am on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

For a complete list of important housing dates for Fall 2016, please visit

Tuition Payment Deadlines
  • Payment in Full – Due July 10, 2016
  • Tuition Management Systems Payment Plan (TMS) – 4 Installments
    Due Dates: July 10, 2016, August 10, 2016, September 10, 2016, October 10, 2016
  • Tuition Management Systems Payment Plan (TMS) – 5 Installments
    Due Dates: July 10, 2016, August 10, 2016, September 10, 2016, October 10, 2016, November 10, 2016

Click here for Tuition Payment Instructions

Mountain Day

  • Mountain Day Olympics:
    Friday, September 30
  • Mountain Day and Grand March:
    Saturday, October 1

Parent Resources

Parenting when your child is living under your roof is difficult. Parenting when your student is living on campus can prove even more challenging. The Berry College Parent Newsletter aims to provide you information relevant to the needs of your student, but also provide you information relevant to your needs as a parent. We have found a few online resources to be great tools for information regarding the important role you play in your student’s college years.

College Publications

  • MagazineCoverBerry Magazine is the flagship publication of Berry College. Each issue includes alumni features, a presidential essay, class notes and other institutional news of note. Berry is distributed three times annually to alumni and friends of the college.
  • Alumni Accent is complementary e-newsletter to the Berry Magazine, and is published 7-8 times each year.
  • Viking Fusion is a student-run multimedia website that seeks to inform and entertain both the Berry student community and the larger public. Content on the site is exclusively authored and produced by Berry College students.